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Unconscious Bias Training
To reach others, we have to first know ourselves. To connect with the deeper truth of who we are, we need to question what we assume to be true about ourselves.

Leaders today need thoughtful ways to better enhance their response to equity, diversity and inclusion. Unconscious bias training provides an opportunity to reflect, learn and grow in ways that inspire real and meaningful organizational change. According to the McKinsey Diversity Report, organizations who are in the top quartile for ethnic and cultural diversity are 35% more likely to post better financial performance. Based on extensive research and consultation with Alberta leaders, we have designed three virtual sessions that can be customized to your organization’s needs.
By participating in these programs, leaders will understand how bias affects the workplace, how to identify, address and ultimately mitigate the effects of bias in the workplace and gain real- world best practices to create and foster a culture of inclusion.

quote “The focus now is for everyone to think about bias and how that weighs in the organization. There is a great opportunity to have meaningful conversations with our employees about how we do things differently as leaders and employees. We’ve historically had a pattern to reach out to people we know – there’s positives with that but it does have limitations.”

- Senior Vice President of Calgary-based company as part of research for Entrepreneurial Leadership – How the New West Will be Won, March 2021
Unlocking Unconscious Bias

VIRTUAL LEARNING LAB 1

Unlocking Unconscious Bias

Our upbringing, education, geography are just three of the many factors that shape the way we view the world. These biases are both conscious and unconscious and by recognizing and being more self-aware, we are better able to see blinds spots that negatively affect our relationships at work and in the community. Identifying these biases are the first step in developing greater employee engagement, retention and performance.

In this session, participants will:
  • Define unconscious and conscious bias
  • Learn how bias is formed
  • Explore how their own conscious and unconscious biases affect behaviour and affect business performance and outcomes
  • Understand the impact of privilege and bias on career advancement
  • Identify micro-aggression behaviour and how to work proactively to see through the eyes of others
Overcoming Bias

VIRTUAL LEARNING LAB 2

Overcoming Bias

Our background, personal experiences, societal stereotypes and cultural context affects our decisions and actions without us realizing their impact. When we ignore our biases, serious consequences occur including our inability to welcome diverse views and not being able to appreciate and integrate the contributions of others. This lab will provide leaders with practices that can be used to mitigate against conscious and unconscious bias.

In this session, participants will:

Reflect on lived experiences to better understand concepts of exclusion and their impacts Identify behaviours and practices to awaken greater sensitivity to unconscious bias in self and others
Leading Relationally and Inclusively

VIRTUAL LEARNING LAB 3

Leading Relationally and Inclusively

Contributing to build equitable, fair and inclusive organizations means paying attention to how we make judgements and decisions. During this lab, leaders will explore new ways of taking responsibility to nurture a culture of inclusion and identify best practices to build trust.

In this session, participants will:
  • Recognize the responsibilities of leaders to overcome individual and organizational bias
  • Recognize and amend bias in the hiring process
  • Reframe people decisions as opportunities for inclusion
  • Practice strategies and use methods that support inclusive leadership



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