Pitt-Greensburg workshop offers tools to combat unconscious bias
Nationally known inclusion strategist Melanie Miller will discuss skills and tools for combating unconscious bias at a workshop Thursday and Friday at the Pitt-Greensburg campus.
Those attending can select one of four identical sessions, each including a light meal. Start times are 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. each day, with a cost of $50 per person.
Register online at wdcoalition.org or call 724-836-9991.
The interactive sessions are designed for members of the business and nonprofit communities but are open to the public. The workshop will explore how unconscious bias influences the way individuals treat others, as well as recruitment, retention and promotion of staff.
“We all have biases,” said Rabbi Sara Perman, who co-chairs the Diversity Coalition. “Sadly, our unconscious biases can offend or hurt people without our realizing it. To make our community a more welcoming one, a stronger community, we need to understand what we can do to avoid unconscious bias.”
“Our communities must begin to understand the imperative to accepting diversity in all its forms as an asset and not a threat,” fellow co-chair Carlotta Paige said.
Miller's clients have included Fortune 500 companies such as Coca-Cola, AT&T, Merck & Co., Anheuser-Busch, CIGNA, Siemens Medical, Microsoft, Verizon, Citigroup, UPS, Capital One, Lockheed Martin, PepsiCo, Toyota and ALCOA.
The workshop is sponsored by Excela Health, First Energy Foundation and The Greensburg Foundation Fund of The Community Foundation of Westmoreland County.