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The Basis of Bias: Decision-Making and Diversity

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Join us at Cranfield University to meet and discuss bias, decison-making and diversity at work!

The confimred speakers and agenda as follows: :

TIME: 1000h: Introduction – Organising Committee

TIME: 1005h: Session 1: Defective decision-making: Understanding cognitive biases

Interactive workshop led by Dr Doyin Atewologun / Dr Hillary Harris (Cranfield University)

The challenge with ensuring diversity and difference is that at a corporate or social level, it is the product of individual decisions. What are the cognitive biases that impact decision-making and how can they be recognised and overcome? This session will include interactive activities / tests to illustrate the audience’s own biases.

TIME: 1135h: Break

TIME: 1150h: Session 2: The business benefits of diversity

Presentation by Michelle Morgan, CEO & Founder of Livity

What benefits does diversity bring in a corporate context? Why is it important to marketing, brand, governance and profitability? Is it seen as a compliance issue or tick-box exercise, or is it a real driver of value for UK firms?

TIME: 1230h: Lunch (included)

TIME: 1400h: Session 3: Diversity of Experience: The Challenge for the individual

Fireside chat: Nick Lovegrove (Author – The Mosaic Principle), in conversation with Professor David Grayson

How can individuals enjoy diverse and stimulating careers when corporate hierarchies tend to encourage specialisation. In this session, Nick Lovegrove, former Partner at McKinsey and Brunswick and author of The Mosaic Principle, discusses how and why modern organisations are encouraging deep functional specialisation over a diversity of interests and experience and what that means for individuals.

TIME: 1430: Break

TIME: 1445h: Session 4: The Diversity debate

Panel discussion moderated by Professor David Grayson. Further attendees:

  • Rachel Short (Director, Why Women Work, and Steering Committee Member, 30% Club)
  • Dr Barnali Ghosh (Technical Lead, Mott McDonald)
  • Binda Patel (Head of Programmes, The Sutton Trust)
  • Nick Lovegrove (Author – The Mosaic Principle)

In the day's key panel session, we will explore what we understand by diversity and its impact on different groups. The session will consider age, gender, ethnicity, social mobility and those with disabilities, asking what forms do bias and discrimination take? How do you distinguish between conscious and unconscious bias? What progress has been made? What barriers remain? What needs to happen next?

TIME: 1545h: Break

TIME: 1615h: Session 5: Technical difficulties: Will advances in Artificial Intelligence help or hinder greater diversity

Presentation by Tom Upchurch (Head of WIRED Consulting), followed by Q&A

Big data, facial and voice recognition, AI and Deep Learning are becoming vital decision-making aids in all walks life, influencing the news we read, who we date, where we work, who we hire and how we use our time. Will technology help level the playing-field, supporting us to overcome biases and nudging people into making better decisions? Or do these new technologies risk reinforcing existing prejudices, as algorithms are trained on existing data that indicate correlation (if not causation) between gender, race, disabilities and our skills, aptitudes and socio-economic outcomes?


TIME: 1700h: Concluding remarks and close





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