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Unconscious Bias Event
The unconscious bias event was held on Wednesday, 8th June 2016, in the boardroom of Michael Page’s Victoria House office. The event ran from 8.30am -10.30am and was well attended by a wide sector split of HRDs, Global HRDs, heads of talent and heads of recruitment, as well as Sarah Kirk, PageGroup’s Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion, and Angela Webb, PageGroup’s Global Talent Director.
The keynote speaker at the event was Dan Robertson, Diversity & Inclusion Director at the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion, highly respected as a subject matter expert on workplace diversity & inclusion management, unconscious bias and inclusive leadership
What was paramount from the outset was that it was key for the audience to understand just how to manage the issue of unconscious bias, especially those who were not too familiar with the term, so the session consisted of introductory presentation, seminar, roundtable discussion, and a Q&A.
During the interactive workshop, Dan touched upon the difference between diversity and inclusion, the importance of there being an emphasis on both, the nature and breadth of human biases and the concept of inclusive leadership, and its impact. That in itself contained quite a lot of information so to break it down in support of his presentation, a few stats were presented as well.
Later on during the workshop, the engaging roundtable discussions centred on the type of biases that exist in different organisations and how they could be tackled and this discussion raised lots of talking points.
The feedback from the event was really strong with attendees praising the content and its worth, by saying that it was really topical “and of value”. Overall, the success of the event means that the organisers are planning to have another event at a later date, but on a different engaging topic.
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