Purpose: To develop and strengthen leadership skills through conversations, presentations and book reviews.

Date: Thursday August 6th, 2020 Time: 8:30 – 9:45 am

Location: Zoom

Co-Chairs: Barbara Boldt & Ken Seawell

8:30 – 8:40 Warm-up: Welcome & Member Introductions

8:40 – 9:30 Presentation: Jocelyn Giangrande M.A., SPHR, CCDP, SHRM-SCP –  Representative of the American Society of Employers

If You Are Human, You’re Biased! How Our Biases Impact Decisions, Perceptions and Interactions.

Presentation Overview:

Biases are the result of a variety of messages introduced into our subconscious from an early age. Many of these biases are deep in our unconscious and often influence how we perceive others, determine dangerous situations and make quick judgements. Biases are not restricted to any one group, and all of us have them.

In this interactive workshop, participants engage in dialog, discussions and exercises around understanding the origin of biases and how they may impact human dynamics, perceptions and interactions. This is not a workshop to eliminate biases, as that is impossible. Instead, we’ll explore how our biases protect us and how they may contribute to misconceptions about others and different situations.

The following outlines our agenda topics:

Agenda will focus on three main areas:

1. Origins of our biases and how they are reinforced

2. Types of biases and how they impact behavior

3. Techniques to manage biases

Speaker Bio: Jocelyn Giangrande M.A., SPHR, CCDP, SHRM-SCP –  Representative of the American Society of Employers

Jocelyn Giangrande is a Cornell University Certified Diversity & Inclusion expert experienced in helping organizations create inclusive cultures. Named one of the Top Ten Michigan Women Business Owners by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and recipient of Crain’s 2020 HR Excellence Award for Diversity & Inclusion, her work has gained national recognition, earning four consecutive awards by Diversity Inc., the Institute for Diversity and Crain’s Detroit Business. Giangrande specializes in people and organizational dynamics and is an expert in adult learning and cultural transformations. She has more than 25 years of corporate experience, spanning several industries including higher education, hospitality, human services and healthcare. She has held executive positions at Henry Ford Health System as Vice President of Talent & Workforce Strategies, Corporate Director for Workforce Diversity & AA/EEO Compliance, and also served as Executive Director of Human Resources and Regional Support for Hilton Hotel Corporation. She currently serves as the President and founder of SASHE, LLC and the SASHE Career Academy for Women (SCAW). She is the author of “What’s in Your Sandwich?” and career strategies books: 10 Surefire Ingredients for Career Success and 7 Savvy Ingredients to Supercharge Your Confidence.

9:30-9:40 Book Review: Christina Concord – “Make Your Own Luck: 12 Practical Steps to Taking Smarter Risks in Business” by Eileen C. Shaprio and Howard H. Stevenson

Humans are gambling animals—and not just when we invest in the stock market. Every time we take an action—deciding which job applicant to hire, which product to launch— we are betting our time, reputation, effort, and money in the hope of achieving some future result.

In this book, Eileen C. Shapiro and Howard H. Stevenson have compressed the complex skills of making your own luck—which they call predictive intelligence—into twelve easy and practical steps. These steps will get you the results you want with the least risk and the most upside. They will help you take smarter risks without the “analysis paralysis” that gets so many people and companies in trouble.

9:40-9:45 Wrap Up: Takeaways, announcements and housekeeping items

This event is exclusive to Troy Chamber members.

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