Everyday Bias: Identifying and Navigating Our Unintentional Blind Spots

SHRM 2015 Annual Conference
Get insight into how the ordinary functioning of the mind creates bias, and translate this learning into organizational impact and workplace efficiency.

Over the past 10 years the study of unconscious bias has exploded into the diversity and inclusion field, built on breakthroughs in the neuro and cognitive sciences that provide insight into how we think and how that thinking affects our workplace efficiency. However, these insights are often misunderstood and misused in a way that perpetuates some of the challenges that organizations face. This session will reveal new research on these factors that challenges you to rethink some of the strategies that we have become all too comfortable with to allow greater collaboration and truly transform the way we work with organizational diversity, cultural competency, dimensions of power, and inclusion on both a personal and organizational level.

Date(s) & Time(s): 
Monday, June 29, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm

Howard J. Ross

Howard J.

Howard Ross is lifelong social justice advocate, and is considered one of the world’s seminal thought leaders on identifying and addressing unconscious bias.  Howard has delivered programs in 47 states and over 40 other countries to audiences including Fortune 500 companies, colleges and universities, and major institutions within healthcare, government, and non-profit sectors. He authored the Washington Post best seller, Everyday Bias:  Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgments in Our Daily Lives, ReInventing Diversity: Transforming Organizational Community to Strengthen People, Purpose and Performance. His latest  book, Our Search for Belonging: How the Need for Connection Is Tearing Our Culture Apart, published by Berrett-Koehler in 2018, received the Nautilus Gold Medal for Social Change and Social Justice. His next book, Building Belonging: 9 Pathways to Creating Inclusive and Joyful Organizational Communities, will be published in 2020.


Amount of Credit: 
Credit Type: 
HR Credit
Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
Global & Cultural Effectiveness
Intended Audience: 
Early Career
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