Level Up for Fair Chance Hiring: Overcoming Unconscious Bias

2020 Annual Conference & Exposition

As SHRM's Getting Talent Back to Work pledge so accurately states, "job applicants with criminal records are proving to be a viable workplace solution for many organizations" as businesses compete for the best talent. Yet stories on the ground from both the hiring side and the candidate side tell us that we're not where we could be yet. One major factor (though certainly not the only one) is unconscious bias. Join us for real talk, no sugarcoating, about the challenges and opportunities in taking Fair Chance Employment to the next level and real-world strategies to help you make it happen.

Learning Objectives:

  • Be able to describe the effects of unconscious bias on hiring practices relating to people with criminal records.
  • Hear lessons learned from decades of the “ban-the-box” policy and practice to apply to your own unique workplaces.
  • Gain tips and tools for advancing honest discussions about unconscious bias related to criminal records in your workplace.
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 3:45pm to 4:45pm

Elizabeth Speck, Ph.D.


Elizabeth Speck is the Founder and Principal of MindOpen Learning Strategies, a training, consulting, and coaching firm that helps people and organizations learn new ways to work in order to achieve social justice goals. Elizabeth holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Development from Fielding Graduate University and an M.A. in Drama Therapy from New York University. She uses her unique background to create transformative adult learning experiences that lead to measurable business results and social impact. Prior to founding MindOpen, Elizabeth most recently led large-scale organizational and systemic change efforts as Chief Learning Officer for the Workforce Professionals Training Institute in New York City, and Senior Training Director for Safe Horizon, the nation's largest victim assistance organization. Elizabeth's doctoral research studied the workforce entry and career advancement experiences of formerly incarcerated professionals.


Tarik Greene


Tarik Greene is the Co-Founder and Deputy Executive Director of M.A.D.E. TransitionalServices where he oversees transitional employment and housing programs, and strategic initiatives and partnerships. Previously, Tarik was the Offender Workforce Development Specialist and Assistant Disability Program Navigator at Rockland County’s One Stop Resource and Employment agency. Tarik has extensive experience making quality employment referrals and job placements. He is passionate about creating an interactive and enjoyable business environment, which supports meeting the needs of business partners, colleagues, and jobseekers. Tarik successfully implemented and continues to provide the evidence-based Ready, Set, Work! program at Rockland County Correctional Center, and is a liaison for NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Work for Success program. A certified Offender Workforce Development Specialist (OWDS), he also conducts the intensive OWDS train-the-trainer sessions for statewide practitioners.


Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
Business Acumen
Global & Cultural Effectiveness
Leadership & Navigation
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