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Unconscious Bias - Avoiding Landmines to Achieve Excellence
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10/18/2018
When: Thursday, October 18th
From 11:30 to 1:00 (Check-in begins at 11:15)
Where: Oasis Convention Center
2546 N Glenstone Avenue
Springfield, Missouri  65803
United States
Presenter: Daryl Smith, University of Missouri


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Avoiding the Landmines of Unconscious Bias

Bias - a tendency to believe that some people and ideas are better than others - wreaks havoc in the workplace. It's easy to identify and limit bias when it's overt, but that's not always the case. Sometimes bias is completely unconscious. 

Unconscious Bias - judgments and behaviors toward others that we're not aware of - is everywhere in our lives. This type of bias may seem less dangerous in the workplace than it may be on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, or on a highway, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, but it still leads to racial injustice. It can also lead to economic violence, which may ultimately result in real violence. 

How can we hire, retain, and develop the best people if we are not aware of the forces that dominate our choices? The goal is not to eliminate our biases, but to be aware of unconscious bias, and to manage it effectively. 

Learning Objectives:

1. Highlight examples of unconscious bias

2. Provide story-telling relative to our personal experiences

3. Identify steps to reduce or better manage unconscious bias in our personal lives, and in our organizations. 

 

 

Presenter: Daryl Smith, University of Missouri 

A recognized industry executive, Daryl Smith has the unique ability to apply progressive organizational and talent management strategies that consistently create value. He has a consistent track record of success in several industries, including manufacturing, sales and distribution, telecommunications and financial services. His early career included fiscal and operational assignments. He attributes these early experiences to helping shape his broad and comprehensive view of organizations.

With a reputation for creating award-winning workplaces, Daryl’s work was instrumental in helping Cox Communications reduce employee turnover from over 50% to under 20%. Employee productivity, satisfaction and engagement also improved. With a passion for finding efficiencies and productivity gains, Daryl has made significant contributions in the area of continuous process improvement. He is skilled in leading and facilitating cost-saving strategies including lean manufacturing, Six Sigma, systems thinking and TQM.

Today, Daryl serves on the faculty and staff at the Trulaske College of Business at the University of Missouri. His areas of focus include General Management, Human Resources Management, Diversity & Inclusion, Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining, and Leadership Development. He is also an industry consultant who specializing in leadership and organizational development. His past career assignments include: SVP Global Human Resources at ESPN, VP Human Resources & Training at ARAMARK/Galls and VP Human Resources & Training at Cox Communications.

He has effectively served on over fifty (50) boards, including industry associations and non-profits. He is the Board Vice President for PET - Gift of Mobility in Columbia MO. He is passionate about causes relative to education, youth, diversity, people with disabilities and families in crisis. He is also frequently on college campuses as a guest lecturer, executive-in-residence and student mentor. Daryl was also honored to deliver the May 2010 commencement address at the University of Missouri, Trulaske College of Business.

Daryl holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from the University of Missouri in Columbia MO and a Master’s in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis MO. He has completed executive education programs at Cornell University in Ithaca NY and Stanford University in Palo Alto CA.

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