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Inclusive Leadership, Stereotyping and the Brain

Leading effectively in today's workplace requires the ability to manage many types of diversity, including cultural, gender, and generational diversity. A key challenge to leaders is the tendency for societal stereotypes to bias one's evaluations and expectations. The psychology of stereotyping, and of strategies for minimizing its influence, is thus highly relevant to managers and organizations.

Research in social psychology, and social cognitive neuroscience, provides insights about how and when stereotypes affect judgments. In this research conference, we explored these scientific insights and drew out some of their practical implications for managing diversity and inclusive leadership.

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Co-hosted by: The Program on Social Intelligence and the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics

Friday September 18, 2009
8:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Venue: The Italian Academy

8:30 – 8:45 AM

Breakfast and Registration

8:45 – 9:00 AM

Welcome and Introduction

Welcome by Bruce Kogut
Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Professor of Leadership and Ethics;
Director, Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center
Columbia Business School

Introduction of speaker by Malia Mason
Assistant Professor
Columbia University

9:00 – 9:45 AM

Keynote Presentation: "Universal Dimensions of Social Cognition: Warmth and Competence" (Download presentation PDF | Video on YouTube Part 1)

Susan Fiske
Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology
Princeton University
(35 minute presentation, 10 minute Q&A)

9:45 – 11:15 AM

Research Panel: "Stereotypes"(Video on YouTube Part 2)

Michael Morris (Moderator)
Chavkin-Chang Professor of Leadership
Columbia Business School

Lasana Harris
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Duke University:
"The Neural Correlates of Moral Decision Making about Social Groups" (Download presentation PDF)

Dana Carney
Assistant Professor of Management
Columbia Business School:
"Physicians' racial bias predicts medical treatment decision"
(Download presentation PDF)

David Amodio
Assistant Professor of Psychology
New York University:
"A Social Neuroscience Approach to the Regulation of Intergroup Bias" (Download presentation PDF)

Valerie Purdie-Vaughns
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Columbia University:
"Combating stereotypes: Improving Minority Intellectual Performance with a Values-Affirmation Intervention" (Download presentation PDF)

(15 minute presentations, 30 minutes Q&A)

11:15–11:30 AM

Coffee Break

11:30 – 1:00 PM

Panel discussion (Video on YouTube Part 3)

Christopher Mayer (Moderator)
Senior Vice Dean; Paul Milstein Professor of Real Estate
Columbia Business School

Susan Sturm
George M. Jaffin Professor of Law and Social Responsibility
Columbia Law School:
"Stereotypes and the Law" (Download presentation PDF)

Laura Liswood
Secretary General, Council of Women World Leaders;
Senior Advisor, Goldman Sachs

Monika Mantilla
CEO and President
Altura Capital

JoEllen Helmer
Ernst & Young

1:00 – 2:00 PM

Closing Remarks and Buffet Lunch



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This event was presented by Fred Friendly Seminars in partnership with the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics, and was part of Columbia Business School’s Individual, Business and Society (IBS) curriculum.

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