November 9, 2016 – Unconscious Bias – Review

On November 9, 2016 the EBDN board tried a few new things in the first workshop for the 2016/17 year.

Firstly, we traveled out to Sysco, Acheson.  While the address was a little further out of town than our usual locations, this didn’t impact the member turnout.  Secondly, we offered Sysco managers the opportunity to participate in the session and learn with the EBDN members.  This benefited the Sysco management team and further enhanced our numbers.  Thank you to Sysco for trying this out with us, and for the facilities and amazing breakfast you provided.

Our thanks go to Jill Chesley and Janet Waltho who co-hosted our session. During this workshop we discussed the definition of unconscious bias and its connection to brain processes. Participants had the opportunity to explore case studies and view thought provoking videos of unconscious bias in the workplace. Together they worked through a variety of scenarios and the strategies required to mitigate bias.

20161109_09003620161109_091052Feedback from participants indicate this was an engaging and effective session with an easy-to-digest message:

The topics discussed, and reviewed, were much more meaningful because of participation from all parties. It really helps when everybody in the meeting is willing to discuss the issues, and talk about things, and realize we all have biases no matter what, and sometimes we may not even realize that we have them.

As with all our events, audience participation was key to the success of this event, and you didn’t disappoint.

Please stay tuned for our next event on January 11, entitled Race and Racism.

If you are interested in hosting a meeting, please let us know.