The Brain and Bias: Managing Unconscious Bias

Date: Monday, October 28, 2019 / 13:00 – 19:00

Shannon Murphy Robinson

Session Description:  When it comes to working across differences effectively, does your brain work for you or against you? How can we mitigate bias to improve performance of individuals and organizations? Recent neuroscience research is shedding tremendous light on the brain, bias and behavior and how the brain can trip us up, despite our good intentions to be inclusive.

This interactive workshop will highlight the ways the brain is naturally wired that impact the ability to work effectively across differences, and how learning and applying brain-based strategies, skills and tools can increase the brain’s capacity for inclusion. Understanding the interplay of the brain, bias and behavior is critical in performance improvement, advancing inclusion skills and creating sustained behavior change. Come and join us to learn how to leverage brain-based skills and strategies to manage, override and re-pattern unconscious bias and mitigate its impact in the workplace.

Session Objectives:

Gain insight into the brain and bias, including unconscious brain dynamics that impact behavior, communication, and decision making across differences; 

Learn a new brain-based framework, the BrainStates Management Model, for managing bias and improving performance;

Gain insight into your brain state tendencies with the BrainStates Awareness Profile, a tool to increase self-awareness; and

Learn how to leverage brain-based skills and strategies to manage, override and re-pattern unconscious bias and mitigate its impact in the workplace.

Speaker: Shannon Murphy Robinson, M.A., is a highly sought after consultant, trainer and speaker. She is CEO & Co-Founder of BrainSkills@Work, a consultancy that applies neuroscience to help individuals be more inclusive, culturally competent and more effective leaders. She and BrainSkills@Work Co-Founder Mary Casey have co-authored the book Neuroscience of Inclusion: New Skills for New Times, a white paper on the neuroscience of unconscious bias, and the BrainStates Self-Awareness™ Profile.

With over 15 years of experience and expertise in global diversity and inclusion, intercultural management and leadership development, Shannon has successfully created and implemented large scale diversity and inclusion training initiatives (20,000+ employees) with companies like Deloitte, Medtronic, CHRISTUS Health, Mayo Clinic, Barr Engineering, Boston Scientific, and others. In May 2012 she achieved advanced certification as a NeuroBusiness coach at Harvard with Dr. Srini Pillay. She is on the faculty of the Intercultural Communication Institute where she teaches neuroscience of inclusion, and was an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business Executive Education teaching Nurse leadership.                                                                                                                        

Date: Monday, October 28, 2019 / 13:00 – 19:00
Location: FH Kärnten, Villach Campus
Program Fee: €400 for non-SIETAR members/€280 for SIETAR Austria members

Limited participant numbers, registration only possible until 7 October, 2019

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