Proven Strategies for Addressing Unconscious Bias in the Workplace

Consider this: Less than 15% of American men are over six foot tall, yet almost 60% of corporate CEOs are over six foot tall. Less than 4% of American men are over six foot, two inches tall, yet more than 36% of corporate CEOs are over six foot, two inches tall.1 Why does this happen? Clearly corporate boards of directors do not, when conducting a CEO search, send out a message to “get us a tall guy,” and yet the numbers speak for themselves. In fact, when corrected for age and gender, an inch of height is worth approximately $789 per year in salary!2 Similar patterns are true for Generals and Admirals in the Military, and even for Presidents of the United States. The last elected President whose height was below average was William McKinley in 1896, and he was “ridiculed in the press as ‘a little boy.’” 3 Read more

The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois

“I have sought here to sketch, in vague, uncertain outline, the spiritual world in which ten thousand thousand Americans live and strive.” Read more

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack

“I was taught to see racism only in individual acts of meanness, not in invisible systems conferring dominance on my group”

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At the American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law’s Ninth Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference, a group of esteemed individuals will address the issue of workplace equality and race, exploring questions of whether and how current events in America impact race relations in the workplace, why it has proven difficult to recruit and to retain a racially-diverse workforce, and ideas for improving the effectiveness of diversity and inclusion efforts.

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