Leveraging a Bold, New iOS—Inclusion Operating System—to Achieve Your DE&I Goals

Inclusion 2020

Culture at large can be defined as observable patterns of behavior. Workplace culture is no different. During this thought-provoking presentation, Dr. Steve Robbins, a doctor in Communication Science and founder of a consulting firm on issues of human behavior,  will dive into the primary importance of inclusion to the brain, its impact on behavior, and how the good work of inclusion leads to belonging – an essential need of the human brain. You won’t want to miss Dr. Robbin’s fresh neuroscience point of view, as he explains how you can use “patterns of practice” and “patterns of behavior” to leverage bias for positive outcomes and reduce negative outcomes. By taking a systems approach to inclusion, Dr. Robbins will help us delineate our actual operating system—our workplace culture—from our often-aspirational guiding values. You will take away practical tips for building a new, bold iOS—or Inclusion Operating System—at your own workplace. This illuminating science-based talk will include heavy doses of insight based on Dr. Robbins’ learned expertise, intriguing stories from his own lived experiences, and even laugh-out-loud humor. 

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Steve L. Robbins, Ph.D.

Steve L.
Robbins, Ph.D.

A powerful storyteller with a powerful story to tell, Dr. Steve L. Robbins has an uncanny ability to inspire people even in the midst of disrupting and challenging the way they think about the world. Born in Vietnam, Dr. Robbins immigrated with his mother to the United States where they faced many challenges during a time when there was much anti-war and anti-Vietnamese sentiment.

Working through and rising out of the challenges of poverty, discrimination and the tough streets of Los Angeles, Dr. Robbins now brings insightful perspectives on issues of inclusion & innovation, leadership, and the power of caring.  Drawing upon a compelling life journey, his talks and workshops are filled with intriguing stories, laugh-out-loud humor and a keen understanding of human behavior.

Dr. Robbins uniquely knows how to simultaneously challenge and motivate people with a dynamic use of storytelling, humor and extensive knowledge of pertinent issues and concepts. The inclusive power of his message are why organizations like Coca-Cola, Disney, Ford Motor Company, Walmart, Lululemon, Pixar, NASA, The NBA,  Michelin, Bank of America, Mercedes-Benz,  and numerous others call on Dr. Robbins to inspire, educate and prepare their people for the exciting challenges of dynamic and diverse environments.

A thought leader and innovator, Dr. Robbins' unique, science-based approach to inclusion and diversity has captured wide acclaim from numerous audiences and organizations across the the world. His approach does NOT blame or point fingers. It uses neuroscience and the science of human behavior to encourage individuals and organizations to be more open-minded, mindful and intentional about inclusion and valuing people for their unique gifts, abilities and experiences.

Dr. Robbins earned an undergraduate degree in Communication from Calvin College, and his masters and doctorate in Communication Science from Michigan State University.  His background in communication, social-psychology and cognitive neuroscience drives his work with individuals and organizations – the core of the work is about understanding human behavior and leveraging human differences in an ever-changing, fast-paced 21st world.

Session Type: 
General Session
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