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Building an Inclusive Culture September 20, 2017

September 20, 2017
8:15 AM to 10:30 AM
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Dana Distributors, Inc.
52 Hatfield Lane
Goshen, NY 10924



Mid-Hudson Valley

Society for Human Resource Management

September 20, 2017

Chapter Meeting

Building an Inclusive Culture: Understanding Unconscious Bias   


LOCATION:               Dana Distributors

                                    52 Hatfield Lane

                                    Goshen, NY 10924


DATE & TIME:          Wednesday, September 20, 2017

                                8:15 - 8:45 am: Registration, Breakfast

                                8:45 - 9:15: Announcements & Introductions

                                9:15- 10:30AM: Program


COST:         $15 Chapter Member; $25 Non-Chapter Member; $7 Student 


The present research on bias says that we all have biases: it is normative, and does not make us “bad” people, just human. The session will be highly interactive using video, small group activities and presentations. The group will learn the definition and distinction between conscious and unconscious bias, and some new research findings. Together, we will examine our own biases and those that others may hold.  We will learn how our biases impact both our decisions and how we behave towards others. Using the "Point It Out, Check It Out, Work It Out" approach for addressing and interrupting biased behavior, we will use mini-case studies to practice the approach. The session ends with action planning designed to address unconscious biases that you have seen either in yourself or on another on your team.

About the Speaker Andrea Cisco, COO and Managing Director of the FutureWork Institute, is an experienced and passionate facilitator and consultant with more than 20 years of serving the global, corporate, nonprofit and academic sectors. She has vast experience in workforce change and managing the diverse workforce with its myriad issues: work and personal-life fit, racism, cross-cultural and generational challenges. Andrea consults with leaders to develop strategies and solutions most appropriate to the ever-changing challenges they face. As a Senior Consultant in the Global Diversity Practice at Towers Perrin, she developed and refined methodologies for the diversity practice and managed large-scale projects for Fortune 500 clients. Andrea has coached leaders on issues such as sexual harassment and managing diversity related dilemmas. She designs traditional and e-learning programs for all organizational levels. She also works in the virtual environments of Second Life, Protosphere and Unisfair. She conducts train-the-trainer sessions and designs toolkits. She co-authored The Giraffe & Elephant Workbook Series, a selection of diversity modules based on the concepts of Dr. Roosevelt Thomas, including five participant and five facilitator manuals. She also designed Diversity Leadership Academies for The American Institute for Managing Diversity. Andrea has also written publications, including “Housework: The Art of Managing Diversity” and “Skillfully Managing Diversity: An Approach Using ‘My Diversity Manager’.” Andrea received her Master of Science in education from Long Island University, with a focus on guidance and counseling. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Hunter College CUNY, with a major in sociology and language.

 This progam has been approved for credit.



$15.00 Chapter Member

$25.00 Non-Chapter Member

$7.00 Student