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September 15th 2015:Unconscious Biases - The Hidden Brain

Being human includes having biases. Bias originates in the evolutionary inclination to distinguish “friend” (someone like members of my group) from “foe” (someone different from my group) in order to survive. It is a fundamental way that our minds process information, allowing us to stay safe and to navigate through a cacophony of stimuli at a reasonable pace. Our background and experiences create the lenses through which we see, interpret, and judge the world. (Prejudice is judging before knowing much.) Our natural tendency is to see the world as we are, not as it is. When we are busy and d

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Eric C Peterson

Eric Peterson, Senior Consultant with Cook Ross Inc., is a facilitator and educator in Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) with over 15 years of experience in Unconscious Bias, D&I, Learning Strategies, and Organization Development. Earlier Eric was the Manager of D&I at the Society for Human Resource Management, the world’s largest association for HR and D&I practitioners. There Eric designed strategies and provided thought leadership to assist organization leaders in creating diverse workforces and inclusive workplaces that could meet the needs of a 21st‐century marketplace. Eric has been published in Profiles in Diversity Journal and Echelon Magazine and has been sourced as a D&I expert by CNN, N
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