Diversity and Implicit Bias: How Barriers Can Be Broken Down?
Recorded On: 12/18/2018
Bias is a prejudice all human beings possess. This prejudice is in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another, usually in a way that is considered to be unfair.
Implicit bias in the workplace can be a barrier that not only prevents people from working together effectively, but also damages the development of inclusive relationships that foster creative and innovative ideas. These barriers directly impact diversity by affecting both hiring practices and retention rates.
The negative impact on diversity is a serious ongoing issue in the legal profession. Hard evidence supports positive economic impact of a diverse workforce within a company or any organization, including increased revenue and market share, and reduced turnover and legal costs.
The panelists on this webinar will discuss these issues, including:
- How biases may be held by an individual, group, or institution
- The consequences of bias
- The two main types of biases - conscious bias (also known as explicit bias) and unconscious bias (also known as implicit bias)
- How human beings naturally assign people into various social categories divided by salient and chronically accessible traits on the basis of implicit bias
- De-biasing techniques including practical tips for legal and business professionals
- Shruti Costales, HP Inc.
- Andrea ("Andie") Kramer, McDermott Will & Emery LLP
- Bismarck Myrick, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
is Patent Counsel at HP Inc. with over fifteen years of experience in patent application preparation, patent application prosecution, patent counseling, transactional matters, and litigation matters. Prior to being at HP Inc., Shruti was in private practice for about thirteen years with a mid-sized law firm and two patent boutiques. She also successfully founded and ran her own patent boutique for over six years. She is also a former patent examiner in the polymers and fuels technology areas. Shruti is Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property Owners Association’s Women in IP Committee and she is the Co-Chair of the Diversity Committee for the PTAB Bar Association
McDermott Will & Emory LLP
a partner in the international law firm McDermott Will & Emery LLP. She has mentored thousands of women and written hundreds of articles and blog posts on gender biases. Andie co-founded the Women’s Leadership and Mentoring Alliance (WLMA) to recruit senior women to mentor and support younger women. She has developed a series of leadership training programs and is a frequent speaker on the issue of gender discrimination and bias. She is the co-author, with her husband, Al Harris, of “Breaking Through Bias: Communication Techniques for Women to Succeed at Work.” Their second book, “It’s Not Us, It’s the Workplace: Overcoming Women v. Women Conflict and the Bias that Built It” is due out in the fall of 2019.
U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
became the Director of the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in July 2008. From 2003 to 2008, Mr. Myrick was the Deputy Director of that Office. Prior to joining the USPTO, Mr. Myrick worked as an appellate review attorney in Office of Federal Operations at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission from 1999 to 2003. Prior to working at the EEOC, Mr. Myrick worked as a trial attorney for the City of Baltimore, Maryland. Mr. Myrick is member of the Senior Executive Service.