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Unconscious Bias

Pregnant Marissa Mayer Overwhelmed by Outpouring of Heartfelt Insults

Prabha Kannan | Posted 09.11.2015 | Comedy
Prabha Kannan

A spokesperson for Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer announced today that Mayer is overwhelmed by the outpouring of heartfelt insults in response to her announcement that she is pregnant and plans to take a limited maternity leave. S

Five Reasons Salary History Hurts Your Hiring Goals

Katie Donovan | Posted 09.08.2015 | Business
Katie Donovan

Reliance on existing salary absolutely adversely affects candidates who experience gender or racial pay gaps. These gaps are compounded and perpetuated each time a new job uses salary history in part or in total to determine future pay.

Has Tech Ushered in A New Era of Authenticity?

Heidi Mulligan Walker | Posted 09.01.2015 | Women
Heidi Mulligan Walker

Authenticity, paired with the awareness of the need for greater representation of women and under-represented minorities, gives me hope that diversity and inclusion will be achieved in tech long before it will be achieved in other industries. Let's hope those other industries take note.

Emily Peck

Here Are The Words That May Keep Women From Applying For Jobs | Emily Peck | Posted 06.02.2015 | Business

You’d think that in 2015, no company would post a job ad and make it clear that only men need apply. But a number of companies, especially in the te...

5 Steps to Understanding Racial Bias

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 05.27.2015 | Impact
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

Whether in business or personal life, racial bias separates people from their possibilities, organizations from the causes of equality and justice, and society from the benefits of true inclusion. It is incumbent upon each of us to eliminate racial bias where we find it.

The Limits of Introspection

David Sze | Posted 05.19.2015 | Healthy Living
David Sze

Psychological research tells us that introspection is often a highly inaccurate source of self-knowledge. An over-reliance on introspection trips one up -- decreasing performance, reducing decision quality and even undermining self-insight.

How to Override the Assumptions Others Make About You

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. | Posted 06.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.

When it comes to perceiving you, your colleagues are (without realizing it) relying heavily on assumptions, the miserly brain's favorite shortcut.

Emily Peck

Why It's A Big Deal That Google's Chairman Was Called Out For Interrupting A Woman | Emily Peck | Posted 03.19.2015 | Business

A powerful male executive reportedly interrupted a powerful female official while she was speaking at a panel discussion at South by Southwest, the te...

New Year's Reflections on Race Relations

Deborah Plummer | Posted 03.02.2015 | Black Voices
Deborah Plummer

To quote Pharrell Williams' hit song "Happy," "it might seem crazy, what I'm about to say." In regard to race relations, there wasn't much to be happy about in 2014. Still, I'm happy and optimistic about race relations in 2015.

Why 2015 Will Be the Year of the Powerhouse Woman

40 Percent and Rising | Posted 02.23.2015 | Women
40 Percent and Rising

My bet is that 2015 is going to be a year when we see powerhouse women rise, not just to add to the dialogue, but to take action and effect change on issues that matter to women everywhere. Here's why.

Microsoft's Nadella & Unconscious Bias toward Women

Dr. Patty Ann Tublin | Posted 12.13.2014 | Business
Dr. Patty Ann Tublin

Perhaps Nadella did women a favor last week by uncovering an unconscious bias women place in the work force? Now it is up to us, all of us, men and women alike, to begin an honest open discussion to correct these biases.

Living While Brown: Adventures of a Latina in the Suburbs

Anna Giraldo Kerr | Posted 12.02.2014 | Latino Voices
Anna Giraldo Kerr

Our son is oblivious to the stares we receive when we go out as a family. I try hard not to see elements of microaggressions in every interaction we have with those we meet, like the subtle inquiries about the type of work I do (translation: How did you end up here?), or the overeager expressions of friendliness that, frankly, feel fake and rehearsed.

The Business Case for Ally Engagement

Joanne Sprague | Posted 11.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Joanne Sprague

For LGBT inclusion in particular, policy alone doesn't drive culture: 91 percent of Fortune 500 companies prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, yet 53 percent of LGBT workers remain closeted at work.

By Limiting Inclusion, NFL Loses On Diversity

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 11.04.2014 | Sports
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

The NFL should recognize that the degrees of separation between overt bigotry and unconscious biases may be few, and the effects equally harmful. If a team failed to draft Sam based on his sexual orientation, the team discriminated against him and should consider the rightness of its actions.

What Corporate America Should Learn From Ferguson, Missouri

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 10.25.2014 | Business
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

Companies need to recognize that there is a bit of Ferguson in many of their management ranks, boardrooms, and stores that needs to be eradicated for the well being of their businesses and the people they serve.

Microaggression: The New Workplace Bigotry

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 08.31.2014 | Business
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

Microaggressions are the negative assumptions we make about people that limit their humanity and value. As progressive as many workplaces are, we might be surprised that our everyday interactions are filled with microaggressions that undermine our self-worth and productivity.

Obstacles for Women Reaching the Top: Shall We Just Call It Bias?

Caroline Turner | Posted 08.23.2014 | Business
Caroline Turner

I believe that most gender bias today is unconscious. But that does not make it benign or acceptable. Because of it, women and minorities still are not even close to proportionally represented at top levels of business.

6 Things to Learn About Microaggressions

Anna Giraldo Kerr | Posted 08.19.2014 | Women
Anna Giraldo Kerr

I have developed a hate/love relationship (yes, in that sequence) with the term microaggressions. I hate it because of the negative effects created by these small events. But I must confess that I love the fact that the term makes visible and real the experiences so many of us have endured because of being perceived different.

Embracing Tolerance

T.A. Ridout | Posted 10.20.2013 | Politics
T.A. Ridout

Embracing tolerance can be difficult because it means letting go of the intolerant aspects of our worldviews and recognizing our in-group biases. It means abandoning our mental straitjackets and acknowledging the full spectrum of exquisite nuance that humanity exhibits.

Three Insightful Books for Your Summer Reading List

Mohamed A. El-Erian | Posted 08.30.2013 | Books
Mohamed A. El-Erian

If you still have room on your summer reading list, here are three books that will familiarize you with concepts and tools that I think you might find very useful in both your personal and professional lives. Together they provide theoretical and practical approaches to deal with today's fluid and complex world.

Tanya M. Odom, Ed.M.: Redefining Leadership

Tanya M. Odom, Ed.M. | Posted 08.16.2013 | Women
Tanya M. Odom, Ed.M.

As our world changes, it will be important for us to expand our ideas and expectations of leadership, leadership models and who we see as leaders.

Making Mother's Day Special for All Expecting Mothers

Dr. Gail Christopher | Posted 07.11.2013 | Parents
Dr. Gail Christopher

For most mothers, many of the determining health factors are in play long before the pregnancy. Diet throughout life and the stress level throughout life have a strong bearing on whether the mother has a healthy pregnancy. This is why it's so critical that we have healthy communities.

Unconscious Bias Has Consequences in Healthcare and Society

Akilah Bolden-Monifa | Posted 08.27.2012 | Black Voices
Akilah Bolden-Monifa

One study had 720 physicians viewing recorded interviews with data about a hypothetical patient. The physicians then made recommendations about that patient's care. The end result, black women were significantly less likely to be referred for cardiac catheterization than white men.

Unconscious Bias: It Starts With You and Me

Trudy Bourgeois | Posted 05.01.2012 | Black Voices
Trudy Bourgeois

During a recent discussion with a colleague and friend who is a Ph.D. Associate Professor at a highly-esteemed university's School of Management, the prevalence of our unconscious biases slapped us both in the face.

Unconscious Bias: It Starts With You and Me

Trudy Bourgeois | Posted 04.30.2012 | Business
Trudy Bourgeois

I challenge you to take the IAT -- today. Why? So you can start touching your truth. Enough of the political correctness... let's tell the truth for a change. The truth is that each of us holds biases, and these biases impact the way that we see people who are different from us.