NACD Board Leadership Conference NACD Chapter System

Seattle I Unconscious Bias with Howard Ross

June 15, 2017
Seattle, WA



National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) and Women’s Corporate Directors (WCD) will join together to present Unconscious Bias with Howard Ross.  Sponsored by KPMG LLP, Unconscious Bias refers to the automatic stereotypes or attitudes we hold about groups or people. These biases can be held for or against those most like us and most different from us.  Cook Ross, Inc. incorporates this understanding of unconscious bias throughout organizations in order to foster an environment in which each person feels a sense of belonging and empowerment.

During this session, the following questions will be addressed:

  • What is bias, how does it show up, and where does it come from?
  • How does bias impact business decisions and what can we do to address it?
  • How can we practice more consciousness?

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Location and Time


The Fairmont Olympic Hotel - Garden Court
411 University Street
Seattle, WA 98101

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm: Registration and Networking

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm: Presentation by Howard Ross

6:00 pm - 6:30 pm: Networking Presentation

Speaker Spotlight


Howard Ross

Howard Ross is a lifelong social justice advocate, and the Founding Partner of Cook Ross, Inc. He is considered one of the world’s seminal thought leaders on identifying and addressing unconscious bias.  He is the author of ReInventing Diversity: Transforming Organizational Community to Strengthen People, Purpose and Performance, (published by Rowman and Littlefield in conjunction with SHRM in 2011), and the Washington Post best seller, Everyday Bias:  Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgments in Our Daily Lives, (published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2014). Cook Ross programs have focused on the areas of corporate culture change, leadership development, and managing diversity.  Cook Ross has successfully implemented large-scale organizational culture change efforts in the area of managing diversity and cultural integration in academic institutions, professional services corporations, Fortune 500 companies, and retail, health care, media, and governmental institutions in 47 of the United States and over 40 countries worldwide. In addition, Howard has delivered programs at Harvard University Medical School, Stanford University Medical School, Johns Hopkins University, the Wharton School of Business, Duke University and Washington University Medical School and over 20 other colleges and Universities.  Howard served as the 2007-2008 Johnnetta B. Cole Professor of Diversity Professor of Diversity at Bennett College for Women, the first time a white man had ever served in such a position at an HBCU.  His writings have been published by the Harvard Business Review, the Washington Post, the New York Times, Fast Company Magazine, Diversity Women Magazine, Forbes Magazine, Fortune Magazine and dozens of other publications.  He appears monthly on National Public Radio. Howard has served on numerous not-for-profits boards, and currently serves on the Diversity Advisory Board of the Human Rights Campaign, the board of directors of the Dignity and Respect Campaign, and the board of the directors for the National Women’s Mentoring Network. Howard has been the recipient of many awards, including the 2009 Operation Understanding Award for Community Service; the 2012 Winds of Change Award from the Forum on Workplace Diversity and Inclusion; the 2013 Diversity Peer Award from Diversity Women Magazine; the 2014 Catalyst Award from Uptown Professional Magazine; the 2014 Catalyst for Change Award from Wake Forest University; the 2015 Trendsetter in HR by SHRM Magazine; and the 2016 Leadership in Diversity Award by the World Human Resources Development Conference in Mumbai, India.



Question about this Event?

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