MPI WEC OnSite Wednesday

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21

The OFFICIAL award-winning daily publication of MPI’s 2017 World Education Congress

Excellence is Essential Recipients of the RISE Awards proved the passion of the meeting industry on Tuesday. See Page 3.

CONT. ON PAGE 6 think of when they consider biases, but individuals can harbor unconscious prejudice about myriad char- acteristics, including height and weight, introversion and extroversion, marital and parental status, disabil- ity status, foreign accents, where someone attended college and hobbies or extracurricular activities. Unconscious bias undermines diversity because it can lead to group think, with people automatically thinking and acting like those around thembecause it is familiar and comfortable. This plays out in the lead- ers we choose, the staff we hire and opportunities we extend. The place to start in overcoming bias is realizing

decisions. Biases help usmake sense of themillions of pieces of datawe encounter daily. It is a normal part of how humans make decisions, a “men- tal shortcut” that fills in gaps in our knowledge with similar data from past experiences and cultural norms. Unconscious bias applies to how we per- ceive other people. It is not necessarily a bad thing, but it can lead to bad decisions. These shortcuts create prejudices that over time create the lenses through which we process information and make decisions. If we are serious about promoting diversity in business, we need to ask ourselves and our companies tough questions about unconscious bias. Skin color, gender and age are generally what people

FEATURE

UNCOVERING UNCONSCIOUS BIAS

TODAY IN “Making It Fair: Uncovering Hidden Bias in the Workplace” (4:30-5:30 p.m.), I’ll show you how to become aware of natural prejudices that affect the way we hire, form teams, support leaders and other critical By Annette Gregg, CMM, MBA

SCHEDULE: PAGES 3-4

INSIDE

It’s Time for Rendezvous Dance the night away and give back to the industry. p6

Diversity Champion Antwone Stigall discusses inclusion in the meeting industry. p6

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Feel the Heat Michael Cerbelli brings creative ideas in The Hot List to WEC.

The Right Conversations Michael Owen discusses security, room block poaching at WEC.

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