Reducing Unconscious Bias at Work

Reducing Unconscious Bias at Work

Women are 1.4 times more likely to receive critical subjective feedback (as opposed to either positive feedback or critical objective feedback), according to HBR.

  • Our brains naturally sort and create associations.
  • Biases most common at work include affinity bias, confirmation bias, halo effect, and distance bias, affecting how talent is managed and promoted
  • More frequent feedback reduces bias, but training is required.

Meet Our Presenters

Marie-Claire Barker

Marie-Claire Barker leads the global talent efforts for MEC, a founding partner of GroupM, a WPP company. MEC is one of the world’s leading media agency networks, with 5,000 highly talented and motivated individuals working with category leading advertisers in 90 countries.

A strong advocate of inclusivity, Marie-Claire is driving a culture at MEC to help mitigate unconscious bias, and ensuring that the organization is poised to deliver excellence through the unique perspectives and experiences of the individuals that choose to dedicate part of their career there.

Originally from the UK, Marie-Claire lives in the heart of Manhattan with her husband and son.

Tanya M. Odom, Ed.M. is a global consultant, writer, and diversity, equity, and inclusion and civil rights thought leader. Her unique portfolio career has allowed her to work in the education, private sector/corporate, not-for-profit/NGO, law enforcement, and university/college arenas.

Tanya works on topics including inclusive leadership, race/racism, unconscious bias, gender equality, mindfulness and well-being, diversity and innovation, challenging conversations, educational equity, and girls’ leadership development.

She is the co-author of “Evaluation in the Field of Education for Democracy, Human Rights and Tolerance.” Tanya is a contributor to the Huffington Post, CNN, and her work and commentary has appeared in several publications including Diversity Woman Magazine, Bloomberg News, and The Village Voice.


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