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Decision Making: How Unconscious Bias + Increased Awareness Impact Your Decisions

  • Friday, February 03, 2023
  • 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • The Tower Club (8000 Towers Crescent Dr Suite 1700, Vienna, VA 22182)


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This Workshop Offers an Introduction to How Humans Operate with Unconscious Bias

Research on decision-making reveals that when individuals are highly aware of their decision-making process, they can see how non-determinant data influences their thinking. This awareness improves decision-making by giving people access to more choices to reach their intended outcomes.

Experiential learning is an integral component of the workshop and the participants learning experience. This session includes simulated experiences that transform participant behaviors through awareness. The experiential learning model builds insights by having participants do the actions in a training space that will reduce biases in decision-making. Participants have many opportunities to experience their unconscious bias and priming bias. Participants will take a firmly held assumption and deconstruct it using deductive reasoning.

Learning Objectives

In this workshop, participants will learn about unconscious bias and how it affects their workplace relationships and decision-making.

Through this workshop, participants will:

  • Learn how priming bias works.

  • See how bias can affect their choices at work.

  • Conduct a personal social network analysis.

  • Develop new practices and skills to minimize bias in business decisions.

  • Learn how unconscious bias affects diversity and business strategy.

  • Develop a business case to integrate diversity strategy throughout the organization.

Participants will explore the following questions:

  • What is unconscious bias?

  • How does unconscious bias affect our lives and the workplace?

  • What biases do I have?

What tools are available to me to reduce the effects of bias in my workplace?

Lorne Epstein, SHRM-SCP, MSOD

Lorne is a senior fellow and adjunct professor at George Mason University and a social scientist, keynote, and Vistage speaker who consults with leaders on methods to improve the ROI of decision-making by reducing biases. Over ten thousand professionals have taken his workshops. He has been quoted in Forbes, Cosmopolitan, Christian Science Monitor, and other publications. His 2021 Bias Impact report has been downloaded over 1000 times. Lorne has been leading experiential workshops since 1993 and has been an HR professional since 1996. As a leader in Talent Acquisition, he built recruiting teams in the U.S., India, and Brazil. His research focuses on improving decision-making and reducing the impacts of unconscious bias in the workplace. His book, You're Hired! Interview Skills to Get the Job has been downloaded over a half-million times worldwide. He is a Lifetime Charter Member of the Association of Talent Acquisition Professionals.



8:00am - 9:00am - Registration + Breakfast + Networking

9:00am - 10:30am - Program + Breakout Session

10:30am - 11:00am - Networking


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