Breaking Down Barriers Through Awareness: Unconscious Bias

Wednesday 2:25 – 3:25 PM

Session Description

We all have prejudices we are not even aware we have. Buried prejudice and biases are surprisingly influential underpinnings to all the decisions we make, affecting our feelings and consequently actions. The phenomenon is called unconscious bias. The concept of unconscious bias or “hidden bias” has come into the forefront because the dynamics of diversity are changing.

Primarily, it is very important to understand biases in order to overcome them. Your willingness to examine the filters through which you view and interpret yourselves and others is an important step in understanding the roots of stereotypes and prejudice in our society and in our workplaces.

Learning Objectives

Understand the purpose of bias

Raise awareness of the research behind unconscious bias

Appreciate how unconscious bias can adversely affect judgment and decision making

Identify steps for controlling biases in your thinking


Loretta Summers

Noted for her enthusiasm, passion and humor, Loretta combines energy and real-world experiences to facilitate personal and organizational change. With expertise in the areas of diversity, management/leadership, and conflict management, Loretta custom designs and facilitates seminars to help individuals and organizations align their potential for success.

Loretta has 40+ years of progressive human resources experience. She has an M.B.A. and SPHR and SHRM-SCP certifications. She serves as adjunct faculty at several universities/colleges. Loretta is a member SHRM, SHRM of Greater Kansas City, National Association of African Americans in HR and the Association for Talent Development.

Loretta lives in Overland Park.