With Diversity and Inclusion Specialist, Gamal J. Palmer

What is Tackle Unconscious Bias and Increase Your Empathy?

Unconscious bias is a fact of life. We all have it. Left unchecked, it can lead us into making unfair decisions to the detriment of our personal and professional achievements. We are all aware of how important diversity and inclusion is for businesses and their leaders. A diverse team will contribute wider ideas and solutions to problems by looking at them from differing perspectives. Attempting to navigate discussions around bias, diversity and inclusion whilst actively improving representation, however, can prove tricky and requires individuals and companies to bravely confront their own prejudice. By gaining a deeper sense of your own identity story and how it informs your global perspective you can dismantle your own unconscious biases, and employ greater empathy. This class will foster the skills you need to create an inclusive, open and positive culture, primed for success.

In this class you will:

  • Practice stepping into someone else’s shoes in any situation to ignite your empathy
  • Discover your own unconscious internal biases so you can actively begin to reduce their impact
  • Identify any triggers you may have, understand their effect and how to dismantle them
  • Gain the language needed to talk to team members and customers from an outlook of diversity and inclusion

The goal of Gamal’s work is to ensure everyone, regardless of their background, can participate in the conversation together. Gamal received his Masters from Yale, gained a Fostering Diversity and Inclusion Certification from Yale School of Management and studied at Oxford . He has led thousands of clients through diversity and inclusion seminars, for corporate and non-profit leaders and teams including Intuit, Live Nation, Sempra Energy, KCRW, UCLA, Cornell Business School and Yale University, to name a few. Gamal has worked with governments, NGOs and local leaders in over 10 African countries, the Middle East and Europe and  given multiple TedX Talks, including his flagship dialogue: Social Impact As Art.

Before you go

  • This class will be hosted on Zoom and include breakout rooms where you will be interacting with other participants.
  • There will be an optional 15 mins Q&A at the end of the class.
  • Your individual link will be emailed to you after you register.
  • Missed a bit? Don’t worry – an unedited recording of the class will be made available for 48 hours so you can rewatch in your own time.
  • Due to limited seating in each class, all ticket purchases are final.

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