Strategies for Minimizing Unconscious Bias in Talent Management Decisions

2016 Talent Symposium
Workplace Application: Explore practical examples of how unconscious bias can play out in the workplace in your everyday interactions and communications, and how bias can impact your talent management decisions.
Everyone has bias. It’s a part of the human makeup. But when left unchecked, biases can have a negative impact in every area of talent management. This session will give an overview of how biases play out in the workplace and how they impact your decision-making, particularly in the realms of talent acquisition, talent development and performance management. You will learn how to: 
• Define what unconscious bias is and identify how it is developed and internalized. 
• Describe how the unconscious mind works (fast brain and slow brain), and how our background and schemas shape our world view. 
• Determine how unconscious bias affects decision-making in talent acquisition and performance management. 
• Describe ways to mitigate the negative impacts of unconscious bias in our decision-making. 
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Friday, July 15, 2016 - 1:45pm to 2:45pm

Shirley Davis, SHRM-SCP


Dr. Shirley Davis is an accomplished corporate executive, global workforce management expert, a certified leadership coach, and a master of reinvention. She works with leaders at all levels and has worked in more than 30 countries on 5 continents and delivers more than 80 speeches a year. She brings a high-energy, high-content and high-value message to audiences all around the world. She has over 20 years of business experience in a variety of senior and executive leadership roles with Fortune 100 companies and served as the Vice President of Global Diversity and Inclusion and Workplace Strategies for the world’s largest HR membership association, the Society for Human Resource Management. Dr. Davis’ expertise lies in providing solutions and strategies for achieving leadership excellence and in building high performing and inclusive workplace cultures where all talent can thrive.

Dr. Davis has also been a featured expert on NBC’s The Today Show, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CBS News, HR Magazine, Profiles in Diversity Journal,, and Inclusion Magazine. She is also a featured author of two popular LinkedIn Learning courses entitled “Leadership Foundations” and “Inclusive Leadership.”

She is the author of, “Reinvent Yourself: Strategies for Achieving Success in Every Area of Your Life,” and “The Seat: How to Get Invited to the Table When You are Over-Performing and Undervalued.

This speaker is a member of the SHRM Speakers Bureau.

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