Video: Getting People to Talk about Unconscious Bias

In a recent study, 70% of respondents said their organization portrays itself as diverse and inclusive but only 11% said they are truly inclusive.
Video: Getting People to Talk about Unconscious Bias

Getting People to Talk about Unconscious Bias Plenary
WE Local Milwaukee

In today's world, ideally no one is excluded and everyone has the same opportunity to take part in shaping the success of an organization. However, this continues to be a struggle. In a recent Bersin by Deloitte workforce benchmarking study, 70 percent of respondents said their organization portrays itself as diverse and inclusive but only 11 percent said they are truly "inclusive." One element that impacts an organization's ability to be inclusive is the pervasiveness of unconscious bias. Much of the research shows how important it is for organizations and individuals to understand why unconscious bias exists and how it affects decision-making processes. Everyone accumulates many unconscious biases over the span of a lifetime (from family, culture, media, etc.). As professionals and leaders who bear responsibility for the success of their organization and colleagues, we must be aware of our own biases and their influence.

Panelists

Michelle Matthai
Director Culture of Inclusion
Rockwell Automation

Susan Schlett
SWE Life Member
Former UTC Engineer

Laurie L. Parsons, PE, PH
Senior Vice President at O'Brien & Gere and CEO
Principal Engineer at Natural Resource Technology, an OBG Company

Moderator

Elizabeth Rolinski
Johnson Controls