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Breaking Through Bias: Leadership Tools for Inclusive Organizations
Wednesday, September 11th, 2013, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Uris 330
Connie Wong, Managing Director, CSW Group
Professor Katherine Phillips, Paul Calello Professor of Leadership and Ethics, Management Division, Columbia Business School
On September 11 the Leadership Lab hosted Connie Wong and others from CSW Group for Breaking through Bias: Leadership Tools for Inclusive Organizations. During the event the team presented a framework for consideration when finding oneself in difficult situations. Is the situation or comment one that you want to address, challenge or ignore. Students practiced role-playing what they would say during student generated scenarios where they “tapped-in” to the discussion. Students were given a critical framework to use to assess uncomfortable situations, and given the opportunity to practice how to respond and consider the consequences of their chosen strategy to address, challenge or ignore the statements made by others.
The discussion finished with a short address from Prof. Phillips about how empowering it was to know that there are others in the room that one can seek support from in these situations and that by developing these skills students could affect more change in their own environments.
Attached you will find a set of slides that might help as you think about how to address the “elephants in the room” that may emerge in the classroom, social events, or the workplace. With an approach that focuses on what you can individually, interpersonally, and organizationally, our hope is that you will have more tools in your toolkit to help you recognize and successfully address bias when you see it.
This workshop was sponsored by the Leadership Lab and Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics, along with the student organizations Student Leaderships Ethics Board and LEAD: Lead – Engage – Act – Develop.