Stefanie Johnson, Ph.D., an associate professor of management at the University of Colorado Boulder, will discuss her research into the effects of unconscious bias on leadership evaluation and suggest strategies to mitigate it during a special event 4 p.m. April 16 in the Hill Student Center Alumni Theater.
Admission is free and open to all UAB employees. Seating is limited; tickets can be reserved in advance through Eventbrite. After the presentation, Johnson will continue the conversation during a post-lecture discussion at Good People Brewing Company at 5 p.m.
Johnson’s presentation will offer faculty and staff practical tips for building a more inclusive organization, said Organizational Development Manager Emily Wykle.
“Although it’s uncomfortable to recognize our own bias, we all have pre-conceived ideas of what a leader should look like or act like,” Wykle said. “As a result, we evaluate leaders differently based on how closely they line up with those ideas.”
“The ABCs of Breaking Bias: Understanding & Managing Unconscious Bias in Leadership & Innovation” is hosted by UAB Learning & Development’s Blaze Leadership Academy in partnership with Athena Collective and Bronze Valley Initiative.
This is the third in Learning & Development’s ongoing series of events to mark the 10th anniversary of Blaze Leadership Academy, a selective program that prepares prepares high-potential faculty and staff to take on positions of senior leadership and become the stewards of UAB’s future. The series will continue with events throughout the academic year.
For more information, visit Blaze Leadership Academy online.