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July Monthly Meeting - Diversity and Inclusion from the Inside Out
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When: Tuesday, July 17th
8:30am - 10:00am
Where: NCSU University Club
4200 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, North Carolina  27606
United States
Contact: Kirsten Benzaquen

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Diversity and Inclusion from the Inside Out: The Journey begins with You


Implicit bias is unconscious bias. Through our life experiences, we form positive or negative beliefs and attitudes about many things and about each other. We are often not aware of these beliefs.  Without awareness, unconscious beliefs may adversely affect our decision making process, including but not limited to, our expectations, interpretation, evaluation, and judgment. It often leads us to favor one person over another unsupported by data and essentially hinders optimal workplace performance. This interactive presentation will discuss how to identify potential biases lurking within the workplace, how unconscious bias impacts performance, how to enhance your workplace environment, provide insights into organizational behavior to exceed goals, and how to create an unbiased environment.


Attendees will learn to develop, implement and evaluate strategies pertaining to the hiring, retention and promotion of employees. Attendees will also learn how to equitably perform and develop programs to promote a positive organizational culture. In addition, we will address implicit bias as it relates to employment law and pay equity.


Our Speaker:  Michael Thomas is an Associate with Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Steward P.C in San Francisco and Los Angeles - a global management side labor and employment law firm. Michael represents employers in both class action lawsuits and single-plaintiff litigation including discrimination and harassment claims. He is also a member of Ogletree’s Pay Equity group where he regularly conducts pay equity audits and provides advise, counseling and training on issues involving diversity and inclusion, and unconscious bias.  Michael has a Bachelor of Arts from Bucknell University and a Juris Doctorate from Boston College Law School. Michael has also studied yoga, meditation and mindfulness and has a yoga teaching certification from the Niroga Institute in Berkley.  Michael is a recipient of the 2018 American Arbitration Association Higginbotham Fellowship where in addition to his practice he will spend the next year aggressively studying alternative dispute resolution.


 1 hour of general credit through HCRI and SHRM is available for this meeting

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