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Good People Still Have Bias – AFP Workshop

Thursday, May 9, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

How can a person’s age, race, education, the gender they present and other characteristics influence how we treat them – even when we intend to be unbiased? The reality is that we all have implicit bias. Our brains naturally perceive, categorize, and draw conclusions that unconsciously inform our behaviors. The good news is that there are practical strategies we can employ to disrupt and reduce implicit bias.

Understanding what implicit bias is and how it impacts our decisions is key to fostering more inclusive and intercultural workplaces, practices and leadership. In this session we will utilize the Harvard Implicit Association Tests, group activities and practice strategies to identify, disrupt and reduce implicit bias. This workshop may be of particular interest to individuals seeking to improve their professional leadership and effectiveness.

Workshop Preparation:
Registered participants will receive instructions to complete the on-line Harvard Implicit Association Tool (IAT).

Workshop Presenter:
Sonya Hughes, CCDP
Principal, Inclusive Outcomes LLC

Sonya Hughes is an award-winning, nationally recognized expert in diversity and inclusion. She is principal of Inclusive Outcomes LLC, established in 2018.

Sonya has worked in the diversity and inclusion space since 1988. Most recently, she was Vice President of Inclusion with Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce in Grand Rapids, Michigan. During her 19 years with the organization, Sonya developed the first Chamber of Commerce Diversity and Inclusion Department in the nation – a noted model of excellence in the field.

Sonya is a CQ Advanced Professional and Unconscious Bias trainer certified by the Cultural Intelligence Center. She also holds a Diversity Professional Certificate from Cornell University and a Diversity Management Certificate from the University of Houston, Bauer College of Business.

Registration is $50 for members of AFP-West Michigan, $75 non-members, $25 students. Afternoon refreshments will be provided.


Thursday, May 9, 2019
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm




Johnson Center for Philanthropy
201 Front Ave SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
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