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Unconscious Bias with Femi Otitoju

Unconscious Bias with Femi Otitoju

The Publishers Association is hosting an afternoon workshop led by expert Femi Otitoju, Training Director of Challenge Consultancy, to provide publishers with the knowledge and skills they need to minimise the impact of unconscious bias on the way they make decisions. This workshop uses real-life examples and interactive exercises to ensure the participants develop practical strategies to reduce personal and organisational unconscious bias.

Date: 22 February 2018 

Time: 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM 

Venue:  The Publishers Association, 50 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1UN

Tickets:  Workshop is free for members or £75 + VAT for non-members

Reserve your tickets here. 

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the concept of unconscious bias
  • Describe the relationship between implicit association, unconscious bias, language, stereotypes and attitudes and behaviour
  • Recognise the impact of unconscious bias on staff attainment and creative output
  • Empower staff to challenge processes which leave decision making vulnerable to unconscious bias
  • Address micro-messaging arising from unconscious bias
  • Develop a strategy for individual action

Programme:

  1. Introductions
  2. Defining Unconscious Bias
  3. Why we developed Unconscious Bias
  4. Our modern-day mammoths
  5. What does unconscious bias look like in our workplace?
  6. Break
  7. The impact of Unconscious Bias
  8. Controlling Unconscious Bias
  9. Micro-messages
  10. Individual action

This workshop will be suitable for all staff and is particularly relevant for Human Resource professionals, Learning and Development specialists, managers of all levels and recruiters.

There is now a large body of research, conducted at, amongst others, Harvard, Yale, and MIT, that show us that unconscious and hidden bias or implicit associations explain a great deal of our patterns of behaviour around diversity. Unconscious biases don’t just affect the decisions that we make; they also affect how we communicate with people every day.

This course defines unconscious bias, investigates why it is inherent in us all and how we can recognise and deal with it at work. The course takes a practical approach through everyday examples and explores the psychology behind unconscious bias. Course content includes:

  • Concept of unconscious bias
  • Relationship between implicit association, unconscious bias, stereotypes and attitudes
  • Recognising the impact of unconscious bias
  • Reducing the effects of unconscious bias as individuals and within the organisation

Who is it for?
Suitable for all staff; particularly relevant for Human Resource professionals, Learning and Development specialists, managers of all levels and recruiters.