Implicit Bias

In this dynamic program, your employees will develop their own awareness of sensitivity to the wide variety of people that surround them every day. A crucial aspect of the success of this program would be the understanding that diversity goes beyond the superficial and biases can be both explicit and implicit. Your staff will uncover unconscious bias and become aware of their own personal barriers to communicate and interact effectively with co-workers whose background, culture, or personality may be different than their own. The result is a more harmonious and enjoyable work environment for all.

Learning Objectives
  • Learn why traditional definitions of diversity may not prepare us for today’s workplace

  • Understand the importance of an inclusive workforce

  • Develop listening skills by understanding the message in a diverse environment

  • Learn to acknowledge the value of perspective in the decision-making process

  • Maintain a safe workplace by appropriately responding to bias

To schedule one-day or to customize your seminar please call 646-416-6441 or email

Course Agenda

Module 1—The What, Why, and How Behind Implicit Bias

  • Defining Implicit Bias
  • A few characteristics of Implicit Bias
  • Implicit Biases predict behavior in the real world
  • Why you can not afford to live with implicit biases

Module 2— The Brains Role in Implicit Bias

  • You are not biased, your brain is!
  • The Amygdala
  • The Hippocampus
  • The Left Frontal Lobe and Frontal Cortex
  • Mindbugs
  • Social Identity Theory

Module 3— Types of Biases

  • Cognitive Biases
  • 14 Common Biases
    • Affinity Bias – how to avoid it
    • Confirmation Bias - – how to avoid it
    • Attribution Bias – how to avoid it
    • Conformity Bias – how to avoid it
    • The Halo Effect – how to avoid it
    • The Horns Effect – how to avoid it
    • Contrast Effect – how to avoid it
    • Gender Bias – how to avoid it
    • Ageism – how to avoid it
    • Name Bias – how to avoid it
    • Beauty Bias – how to avoid it
    • Height Bias – how to avoid it
    • Anchoring Bias – how to avoid it
    • Bandwagon Bias – how to avoid it
  • Other Contradictions
  • 7 tips to overcome biases

Module 4 – Mindful Inclusion

  • 6 proven strategies for managing Implicit Bias
    • Slow Down
    • Perspective Talking
    • Ask yourself
    • Cultural Intelligence
    • Exemplars
    • Expand
  • Personal Action Plan


  • Participant workbook 
  • Presenter slides and outlines 
  • Case Studies and Media as appropriate 
  • Role-play scenarios 
  • Post-training assessment 

Room Requirements 

  • Internet access for the presenter 
  • Screen 
  • Projector (if not ceiling mounted then a table or cart will need to be provided) • Training room must be able to comfortably accommodate the number of participants plus room to move around for various activities) 
  • Rounds or pods, a small table for presenter’s materials, chairs for all participants • One Flip chart and easel for each round table (for small group work) and markers

Additional Requirements 

  • Elevate will choose training facilitators whose background and expertise will support the subject matter and goals of the client 
  • Instructors will use a variety of instructional methods including lecture, group projects, discussion, and role play 
  • Participants are expected to be actively engaged in the learning process 

To schedule one-day or to customize your seminar please call 646-416-6441 or email