Addressing Unconscious Bias in the Workplace

February 5, 2020 | 2:00 PM EST

About the Webinar

Our brains are getting hit with 11 million bits of information every second, and in order to process all of that, they learn to take short cuts. Those short cuts can help keep us out of harm’s way (“That boiling water is hot! Don’t touch it.”), but they can also lead to snap judgments about others that result in what we call “unconscious bias.” Despite the negative connotation, it doesn't mean we are bad people. In fact, everyone has some unconscious bias. While avoiding a pot of boiling water is a good result of our brain’s quick thinking, when it comes to how we view others, we often jump to incorrect or unfair conclusions that negatively affect how we treat each other. In this webinar, we will define the various forms of bias, learn how to recognize our own implicit biases, and learn the practical skills to counteract them in order to create a more safe, respectful, and fair workplace.

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Presented By

Helena Cawley

President and Co-founder, HABIT

Helena Cawley is the President and co-founder of HABIT. She is a frequent speaker and facilitator on harassment and gender issues and has extensive experience starting, operating and growing women-focused businesses. Helena was the founder and CEO of SweatStyle and co-founder and CEO of Uplift Studios. Helena previously worked as a corporate and tax attorney at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and Simpson Thacher and Bartlett LLP. She received her JD from New York University School of Law and her BA from the University of Pennsylvania.

Kathleen M. Linnane, J.D. Ph.D.
Kathleen M. Linnane, J.D. Ph.D.

Founding Partner, Linnane & Associates

Kathleen Linnane is the founding partner of Linnane & Associates, a New York City law firm. Kathleen’s practice focuses on civil and human rights issues, women’s rights advocacy, and legal support for women in need. Kathleen is also an adjunct professor of psychology at the University of Connecticut at Stamford, where she teaches a range of psychology and neuroscience courses. Kathleen has worked extensively in the fields of bias and discrimination, and has collaborated with New York State to assist developing and recommending legislation concerning controversial human rights issues at the intersection of science, ethics, and public policy.