Unconscious Bias Primer & Case Studies

The topic, "Unconscious Bias Primer & Case Studies" will be presented by Tanya (Toni) De Mello. Please click the above link to see more information about the event and how to register.

13 May 2019, 1:00 PM

4 CPD hours


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Course Description

How do we create a more inclusive community in our work? Diversity and equity have become buzzwords in business, NGO and government sectors but in reality, organizations, including universities have fallen short of reflecting and representing the broader population within which they work.  Research shows that a 'sense of belonging' is key to student success but also, key to a sense of job satisfaction for employees. Moreover, it can determine the retention of employees. Feeling like you belong, knowing that you will be included, seeing your education and work communities as your communities - matters. How do we achieve this sense of community and belonging? What may we be doing that hinders it?

This session will examine some of the ways in which we consciously and unconsciously include/exclude others. Participants will better understand some of the biases they may be holding that affects their decisions, their friend-groups and who they select, ranging from panel selections, selection for opportunities for professional development to promotions and recognition. This will be an introspective and challenging session. You will not leave with a sheet of answers and 'how tos'.

Topics covered in this workshop:

  • Understanding how we make choices/how we select
  • Understanding unconscious bias
  • Delving into gender bias and racial bias
  • Strategies for tackling unconscious bias

Please note that this is a half-day (afternoon) event and will be held at the Donalda Club. The structure of the event is as follows:

  • Presentation - 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Networking - 5:00 p.m.

The cost of the seminar is $195 (+tax), which you can pay by any credit card. You will 4.0 hours of PD credits when you attend a session. We are pleased to offer an easy, inexpensive and enjoyable way to meet your PD requirements. 

If you can't make the event, please ensure that you give us at least 48 hours notice for a refund.

We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events.  Should you have any ideas for topics, speakers, or anything else, feel free to contact Melanie Russell, CPA, CA, CBV, CIM, CFE, CFF, ABV at 416-488-9590 x 225. 

Course Walkthrough

  • Certificate: Unconscious Bias
  • Feedback / comments

About the Instructor(s)

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Toni De Mello

With a background comprising finance, management consulting, and law, Tanya (Toni) De Mello has spent much of her career focusing on, and researching, unconscious bias.  She is a human rights lawyer and a certified coach and mediator. In her current role, she teaches at Ryerson University and is the Director of Human Rights there.  

In addition to founding two NGOs, Tanya has served in the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and the World Food Programme in Geneva (Switzerland), Senegal (West Africa) and Columbia (South America). Tanya holds a dual Bachelor of Economics and Political Science from the University of Waterloo; a double Master in Public Policy and Urban and Regional Planning from Princeton University; and a dual law degree from McGill University.  She is currently completing a PhD at the University of Toronto on access to the legal sector. She is examining recruitment and interview processes and focusing on the fit interview in particular and asking: Who fits? And who doesn't?

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