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Implicit Bias: Awareness, Understanding, & Improv

Awareness, Understanding, & Improv

Join ImprovEdge's Brooke Cartus and Karen Hewitt, in a highly interactive and motivating experience focused on unpacking unconscious/implicit bias and addressing how we can use the behaviors of improvisation to help individuals and organizations continue to move forward on a collective team that resiliently supports one another and organizational values.

How do we unravel the cognitive reactions that underpin micro-judgments we make, and how do these decisions affect trust, loyalty, and talent retention among employees? It’s mission critical - how we deal with implicit bias in the next 10 years will determine the success of enterprises, the retention of key employees, and the ability to grow and innovate.

You’ll walk away with techniques to use in the workplace immediately to address unconscious/implicit bias, have constructive conversations, and build collaborative environments of teamwork.


  • Understand the origin of unconscious/implicit bias and how these biases impact the workplace environment
  • Learn the challenges in reversing unconscious/implicit bias and practice cognitive exercises to assist in creating authentic change – using improvisation
  • Leave with three disruptors to manage unconscious/implicit bias with authenticity

Download worksheet: Beyond Bias: Awareness, Understanding, and Improv [PDF Adobe Acrobat icon]