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What is Your Filter: Unconscious Bias Training

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Westwood Library

660 High Street

Westwood, MA 02090

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We all use our upbringing, experiences, values, and past to filter daily interactions and to make sense of our surroundings and environment. This is normal human behavior. At times, the filter is at work consciously, but most times the filter is operating unconsciously. Do you prefer to hire people from your alma mater or Ivy League schools only? Would you screen George’s resume above Jorge’s resume if they had the same qualifications? We may tend to favor fellow graduates, those with more names one is more familiar. These are some examples of unconscious bias. In the workplace, these unconscious biases can affect hiring, promotions, evaluations, dismissals, customer service, sales, revenue, profits and in healthcare - patient care and safety. Individual unconscious bias can unknowingly create organizational bias and a lack of employee and thought diversity. In turn this can quickly result in a company culture of unconscious bias and accidental discrimination.

Unconscious bias also influences everyday interactions and perceptions.

This training:

  • Examines the positive and negative impact and consequences of unconscious bias

  • Generates increased self-awareness

  • Evaluates strategies to manage our filters

  • Explore best practices to avoid and mitigate organizational unconscious bias

  • Evaluates spoken and unspoken, written and unwritten procedures, policies, and programs through the lens of unconscious bias

  • Examines company culture for unconscious bias or accidental discrimination

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This workshop is most appropriate for Executive Directors and others interested in learning more about unconscious bias in the workplace and how to reduce it.

**PLEASE NOTE: If this event has a wait list, Foundation for MetroWest will prioritize giving tickets to nonprofit board members, staff, and/or volunteers of MetroWest serving nonprofit organizations.

Presenters:

Saleha Walsh

Saleha co-leads the delivery of Insource’s professional services to our clients. She is jointly responsible for the overall management of client engagements and providing leadership to and strategic direction for Insource’s consulting services.

Saleha is a seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience in general operational and human resource management. She brings her expertise in direct communication and skills in contextual decision-making to managing Insource’s operations and addressing our clients’ needs.

Prior to joining Insource, Saleha served in a variety of operational and human resource management positions, most recently at a prominent Boston law firm, where she provided professional human resources services to their client base. Earlier, she served as operations manager at a large New Hampshire law firm and as a senior manager at a New England based nonprofit. Saleha holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Merrimack College.

DaQuall Graham

As Director of Talent Development, DaQuall is responsible for driving and overseeing Insource’s internal training and employee development programs. He has extensive experience in operational and instructional leadership as well as a proven track record in improving performance and outcomes of teams and individuals.

Prior to joining Insource, DaQuall worked as a Senior Director of Education for one of the oldest and largest nonprofits in Massachusetts. Previously, he held a number of education-based leadership positions and has completed numerous training certifications in Educational Leadership and Executive Leadership Training.

DaQuall holds a Masters of Art in Teaching from Simmons College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from American International College. He has completed a Certification of Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership from Simmons College and is currently pursuing a Masters in Counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

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