Director’s Special Seminar: ‘See Bias, Block Bias: A Case Study’
Caroline Simard, research director at The Claymen Institute for Gender Studies, Stanford University, and Paul Chiames, chief human resources officer (2014-2018) at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, will present “See Bias, Block Bias: A Case Study” on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. The seminar will be held in the Building 362 Auditorium at 1 p.m. All employees whose schedules permit are invited to attend.
Shuttle service will be provided starting at 12:15 p.m. with stops at Buildings 201, 212, 202, 203, 200, 205, 240 and 402. Return trips will follow the talk.
Implicit bias is a well-documented phenomenon that affects the key “people processes” supporting organizations’ operations, culture and leadership. When bias surfaces in managerial functions like recruitment, hiring and performance evaluation, it can impede effective decision-making. The result? Organizations can unintentionally turn away, overlook or lose talent.
Research suggests that we can learn to identify how bias can present itself in managerial decisions and prevent that bias from creating errors in our decisions about people. This talk will provide an overview of the research on how biases emerge and describe the consequences — to women, under-represented minorities and other diverse employees.
Simard and Chiames will discuss specific strategies for minimizing the effects of biases on decision-making in an organizational context using SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory as a case study on diagnosing and blocking bias. Participants will leave the session with research-based tools that are applicable across various dimensions of diversity.
Caroline Simard holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University and a master’s from Rutgers University. Her publications have focused on technical human and social capital, solutions to recruit, retain and advance women in technology, underrepresented minority talent in STEM, the diffusion of best practices, open innovation and social networks. Previously, she was associate director of Diversity and Leadership at the Stanford School of Medicine, where she implemented innovative models for increasing work-life integration to increase faculty satisfaction and retention.
Paul Chiames has more than 25 years of experience in human resources strategy and change efforts, large-scale culture change, leadership development and executive coaching, workforce and talent planning, diversity and inclusion and team development. He has a successful track record as an executive in leading global businesses and academic and scientific research. He has personally led large-scale change, organization and talent development efforts, and human resources re-engineering efforts domestically, and internationally, including the associated executive coaching to realize successful change results.