Objectivity. Acceptance. Equality. Professional and political leaders claim to embrace these characteristics as wholly as possible. However, none of us is perfect; being entirely unbiased is an attribute that many of us have yet to attain.
Enter Verna Myers, keynoter at this year’s annual conference on Monday, September 28, at 8:30 a.m.
Our biases can be dangerous and, according to Myers, the only way to overcome them is to achieve real, enduring diversity. Diversity advocate, consultant, and author of Moving Diversity Forward: How to Go from Well-Meaning to Well-Doing, Myers has helped break down barriers of race, gender, and sexual orientation in thousand-member workplaces. In a funny and impassioned presentation, she encourages us to recognize our own biases in order to actively combat them, emphasizing a “low-guilt, high-responsibility” philosophy. Looking closely at some of the subconscious attitudes we hold toward people who are different from us, Myers makes a plea to all people: “Acknowledge your biases. Then move toward, not away from, the groups that make you uncomfortable.”
Myers is the founder of the Verna Myers Consulting Group, which works to make diversity a lasting reality and a creative force in the life and work of leading law firms and related organizations.
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Meet Verna Myers at her Moving Diversity Forward book signing on Monday, September 28, at 11:15 a.m. at the ICMA Store, Exhibit Hall 4AB, Level 4.
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