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Learning and OD Group - Understanding Unconscious Bias

CIPD Northamptonshire Branch

Thursday, 29 June 2017 from 18:00 to 20:00 (BST)

Learning and OD Group - Understanding Unconscious Bias

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This event has been organised by the CIPD Northamptonshire Learning and OD Group.

What is unconscious bias?

Psychologists tell us that our unconscious biases are simply our natural people preferences. Biologically we are hard-wired to prefer people who look like us, sound like us and share our interests. Social psychologists call this phenomenon ‘social categorisation’ whereby we routinely and rapidly sort people into groups. This preference bypasses our normal, rational and logical thinking. We use these processes very effectively (we call it intuition) but the categories we use to sort people are not logical, modern or perhaps even legal. Put simply, our neurology takes us to the very brink of bias and poor decision making.

This thought provoking, enlightening, interesting and challenging workshop provides delegates with the opportunity for honest self-reflection in a safe environment and our guest speaker Laurence Harvey will:

• Define unconscious bias
• Explain how unconscious bias affects our decision-making
• Explain the adverse impact unconscious bias has, both on individuals and organisations
• Help individual detect and describe their own biases
• Consider how to reduce incidents of unfair treatment in the workplace

Guest speaker
Laurence Harvey has over 26 years of experience in training in both the public and private sector. He is expert in face-to-face Unconscious Bias training and has delivered thought provoking, exciting and enlightening workshops to over 3,000 Senior People in the last 18 months. Some of his clients include Arcadia Group, Bae Systems Submarine Solutions, The Legal Ombudsman, University of Warwick, The Refugee Council, Prisons and Probations Ombudsman, Amnesty International UK and Mid Sussex District Council.  Laurence is highly skilled in understanding, managing and developing people’s personal knowledge of how their attitudes are influenced and how this affects behaviours & organisational efficiency.


What is the event timing?

Registration will take place at 18:00 when coffee and muffins will be served; the event will then run from 18:30 to 20:00

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Car parking is available at the Holiday Inn Express Northampton

What is the refund policy?

This event is free for CIPD members to attend.  Non-member places may be cancelled up to 1 week before the event, after that the £12 fee is non-refundable 

Professional photography and video production may be taking place at the event, and these images may be used on future promotional materials for CIPD. Please note that by attending the event, you are giving your consent for your image to be used on any CIPD promotional materials.

Do you have questions about Learning and OD Group - Understanding Unconscious Bias? Contact CIPD Northamptonshire Branch

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When & Where

Holiday Inn Express Northampton (J15, M1)
Loake Close
Grange Park
NN4 5EZ Northampton
United Kingdom

Thursday, 29 June 2017 from 18:00 to 20:00 (BST)

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CIPD Northamptonshire Branch

The CIPD Northamptonshire branch provides opportunities for its 1300 members to network with local HR and L& D professionals, to continue with their professional development and remain up to date with HR issues. There is an active programme of events through the year and you can find details of the upcoming events listed below. For further details just click on the event you are interested in and you can then book your place online.

Unless otherwise stated branch events are free for CIPD members to attend, and there is a non-member fee of £12 which must be paid online when booking.


The CIPD Northamptonshire branch committee look forward to seeing you at our events and if you would like any further information please contact the Regional Branch Co-ordinator Eleanor Lloyd Jones on or 0116 235 7992


Northamptonshire branch is part of the CIPD Midlands Area Partnership (MAP) which holds an Annual Midlands Event in October.  The 2017 event will take place on Saturday 7 October at Chesford Grange Hotel in Warwickshire.  MAP is also organising a Midlands Student Conference Empowering the Future Leaders of HR on Saturday 11 March at Aston University.   You can find out more about both events on the MAP events website.   


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