Our #MeToo moment offers new case studies for understanding the impact of bias on our daily workplace experiences and our long-term career roadmaps. Take, for example, this excerpt from recent New Yorker article “The tech industry’s gender discrimination problem”:
"In 2015, a group of female tech investors and executives conducted a survey of 200 senior-level women in Silicon Valley. Titled “The Elephant in the Valley,” the study demonstrated how intertwined, and how pervasive, these kinds of discrimination are. Eighty-four percent of the participants reported that they had been told they were 'too aggressive' in the office, 66 percent said that they had been excluded from important events because of their gender, and 60 percent reported unwanted sexual advances in the workplace. A large majority of those advances came from a superior, and a third of the women said that they’d been worried about their personal safety. Almost 40 percent said that they didn’t report the incidents because they feared retaliation. 'Men who demean, degrade or disrespect women have been able to operate with such impunity – not just in Hollywood, but in tech, venture capital and other spaces where their influence and investment can make or break a career,' Melinda Gates, the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said. 'The asymmetry of power is ripe for abuse.'”
How are these incidents at once prevalent and under-scrutinized? In this webinar, Laura Mather, Ph.D., will dive deep into research findings on the ways implicit bias seeps into our day-to-day decision-making and influences:
1) Who is selected to fill our jobs
2) How individuals are treated in our workplaces
3) Who advances and receives promotions.
Laura will also present solutions that organization leaders should implement to mitigate these kind of microaggressions, as well as strategies for recognizing when you are the victim of implicit bias and steps to combat it.
About Laura Mather, PhD
Laura Mather, PhD, is an expert on unconscious bias and the neuroscience behind decision-making. She has built advanced technology solutions for the National Security Agency, eBay and her own startups, Silver Tail Systems and Talent Sonar. Her work has been featured in many outlets including NPR and the New Yorker and her writing can be found in Ozy, Salon, Time Motto, Fast Company, Forbes and the Huffington Post, where she is a regular blogger. She is the winner of the Anita Borg Institute's 2017 ABIE Award for Technology Entrepreneurship.