Your Brain Is Good at Inclusion … Except When It's Not!

SHRM 2012 Diversity & Inclusion Conference & Exposition
Robbins will take you on an insightful and humorous look at the brain and how its natural, built-in biases make it difficult for the average person to inhabit diverse and inclusive environments.

Generally speaking, human beings treat “insiders” better than “outsiders” as a consequence of natural brain functioning. In addition, our brains aren’t good with new and novel things, don’t like change that much and freak out when things aren’t familiar. As you might guess, that can lead to problems when it comes to diversity and inclusion. So what can we do about that? You will learn how the brain’s natural, built-in biases make it difficult for the average person to inhabit diverse and inclusive environments. As Robbins will show, you don’t have to be that “average” human being. You can be much above average by understanding both the power and limitations of your brain and using that understanding to unleash the power of diversity and inclusion.

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Monday, October 22, 2012 - 3:15pm to 4:30pm

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.

Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile - 5th Floor, Chicago Ballrooms G-H
Amount of Credit: 
Credit Type: 
HR Credit
Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
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