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Becoming a More Diverse and Inclusive Institution: Acknowledging and Overcoming Our Biases

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Eden King, associate professor of industrial-organizational psychology and director of the Workplace Diversity Research Group at George Mason University


Why is it that when men stay late at work to help their colleagues they are rated more favorably than the women who stay to help? After giving identical help a man is more likely than a woman to be recommended for important projects, raises, and bonuses. This occurs systematically in spite of research that shows that women bring new knowledge, skills, and networks to their organizations, take fewer unnecessary risks, and are more likely to contribute in ways that make their organizations better. Many of these disparities are the result of gender stereotypes that lead men to be perceived more favorably than women. These biases often occur despite our best efforts to treat men and women equally. King will help us understand the science behind the biases we hold and provide evidence-based strategies for individuals and organizations to reduce the gender gap.

Learning Objectives:

As a result of attending this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain how gender bias occurs within organizations
  2. Recognize incidences of gender bias within their organizations
  3. Identify proactive strategies to reduce gender bias

CFE Category 2: 1 hour

About the Presenter:

Eden King joined the faculty of the Industrial-Organizational Psychology Program at George Mason University after earning her doctorate from Rice University in 2006. Her research and teaching seek to enhance the equitable and effective management of diverse organizations by identifying discrimination, understanding its consequences, and examining individual and organizational strategies to overcome it. King also consults on projects related to climate initiatives and diversity training programs. She serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Management and the Journal of Business and Psychology, and is on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Journal and the Journal of Applied Psychology. She received the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia’s Rising Star Award in 2011 and is co-author of the book “How Women Can Make It Work: The Science of Success.”

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