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UDI Webinar: How unconscious bias inadvertently supports discrimination and what to do about it

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Name: UDI Webinar: How unconscious bias inadvertently supports discrimination and what to do about it
Date: September 29, 2020
Time: 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM PDT
Registration: Sorry, public registration for this event has been closed.
Event Description:


Is it true, as a popular Broadway musical suggests, that "we're all a little bit racist." Most of us recoil at the idea of discrimination. Yet we continue to see examples of racism and sexism in workplaces and a lack of diversity in our industry.
Research shows that unconscious assumptions we all make, and implicit biases we all have, impair our judgement, restrict diversity and hold us and our teams back. But there is hope - research also shows that businesses with higher gender and racial diversity perform better with higher revenues or market share, drive innovation, are more productive and attract top talent.

Join us in self discovery for the kick-off of our 3 part webinar series featuring expert keynote speaker Roy Johnson of The Neutral Zone Coaching and Consulting who specializes in working with organizations to promote diversity and inclusion while preventing discrimination and harassment. Women of UDI vice chair Suzana Goncalves will provide opening remarks and UDI board member Brian McCauley will conclude the event with a Q+A period. 
The session will help us discover whether we might have our own unconscious biases as well as provide practical strategies that really work for improving teamwork and communication for organizational success in today's increasingly diverse workplaces. Everyone from CEO's and Presidents to those just starting their careers will benefit from this important and timely conversation. Our second webinar of this series will focus on diversity from a human resources perspective. Stay tuned for more details.

Featured Keynote Speaker:

  • Roy Johnson - Director, Senior Consultant, The Neutral Zone 


Roy Johnson - Director, Senior Consultant, The Neutral Zone 
Roy is co-author of the top-selling ?Turning Conflict into Profit? and a founder and Principal of The Neutral Zone Coaching and Consulting Services Inc. Roy is an arbitrator, mediator, facilitator, investigator and trainer who works with communities, families, and public and private-sector organizations. He is a national conference speaker on topics including communication, organizational change, leadership, teamwork and workplace bullying. For over 20 years, Roy has mediated and resolved disputes ranging from interpersonal complaints to complex multi-issue conflicts. In keynotes he presents insights gleaned from years of work in the trenches, and balances this with humour and a passion for healing broken relationships.
Roy holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Alberta and an MA from Simon Fraser University. He also holds a post-graduate diploma in Adult Education from the University of BC along with a Certificate of Conflict Resolution from the Justice Institute of BC. Roy is ProSci® certified, and is ADRIC certified in alternative dispute resolution.
Roy has been a member of the Police Complaints Resolution Roster, a Governor of the Justice Institute of BC, a Panel Chair of the BC Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal, and a Director of the Board of Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of BC, and is currently involved in strata governance in Canada and the United States.

Brian McCauley ? President & CEO, Concert Properties (Moderator)
Brian has been in the real estate development business for over twenty-five years. Since joining Concert in 1994, Brian has been involved with hands-on development management activities of Concert?s growing residential and income producing property portfolio across Canada. In 2002, Brian guided Concert?s expansion in Ontario leading the development of assured rental housing in Toronto. Marking Concert?s 20th Anniversary, Brian was named President on June 1, 2009. Brian holds a Bachelor?s Degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Manitoba and a Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon specializing in Housing, Urban Redevelopment and Development Economics. He is Past Chair and current board member of the Urban Development Institute (UDI) Pacific Region, and is past Director of the Building Industry and Land Development Association of Toronto (BILD). He is currently a board member for Junior Achievement BC. Brian is often called upon to speak on real estate issues at conferences across Canada.


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Date/Time Information:

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

9:30 - 10:30 AM

Member Price             $10 + GST
Non-Member Price     $15 + GST

72 hours' notice required. 
Substitutions allowed. 

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