A Health System’s Approach to Addressing Unconscious Bias - The Mount Sinai Health System Unconscious Bias Initiative- Talent Management Process
Pamela Abner, Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Office for Diversity and Inclusion, The Mount Sinai Health System
Research supports that unconscious biases are part of life and are prominent in most organizations. Further, individuals may exhibit biases even when they fundamentally believe that prejudice and discrimination are wrong. As a result, we know that these biases translate into decision making in terms of individuals who are hired, promoted and developed in organizations. By raising awareness and identifying blind spots in the talent management process Mount Sinai was best able to positively impact organizational culture. Further examination of internal structures and specific processes within the talent management process allowed them the ability and opportunity to identify strategies and interventions to mitigate biases and establish ongoing accountability. Our speaker will share their journey in this process.
By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
• Understand the science and research of unconscious bias;
• Identify how bias and the processes of the unconscious mind can impact critical decisions making and results – including administrative duties and employment practices, and teamwork with colleagues;
• Understand how their own backgrounds impact on their perceptions so they are better able to advocate for inclusion and consider apply new strategies for practicing more conscious awareness individually and organizationally.