Unconscious Bias, Diversity and Leadership in Women-Owned Firms
  • Room 103, Mast House, Shepherd's Wharf, 24 Sutton Road, Plymouth, Devon PL4 0HJ

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International Diversity Day takes place on 21 May and to celebrate, FSB South West has teamed up with the University of Plymouth to hold a unique event which will simultaneously be streamed in Plymouth, Nottingham and Manchester.

Presentations from leading experts in gender and diversity research will showcase the benefits that diversity brings to businesses and networking opportunities with other delegates will be available.


14:00-14:15 - Registration

14:15-14:30 - Welcome (Dr Haya Al-Dajani and Alison Theaker)

14:30-15:00 - Unconscious Bias (Dr Sylvia Terbeck, School of Psychology, University of Plymouth)

Whilst equality and diversity training might effect our explicit expressions and behaviour, we also harbour unconscious biases which can affect us. Learning and understanding the scientific bases and the psychology of them can help to lead to more open and nuanced attitudes. This can help business to be more successful when attracting a diverse range of staff and customers. In this presentation Sylvia will describe the social psychology of unconscious bias. She will explain the underlying psychological mechanisms, the latest research in this area, and ways to overcome prejudices.
15:00-15:30 - Unconscious Bias, a Lack of Diversity and Gender Inequalities in a Traditionally Male Profession: A Case Study (Dr Lorna Treanor, Nottingham University Business School)

This presentation demonstrates how embedded stereotypes influence the career outcomes of individual professional women located within a traditionally masculine STEM profession (veterinary medicine) that is now numerically dominated by women but remains led by men. In doing so, this research highlights the outworkings of unconscious bias within organisations - in terms of recruitment & selection, work allocation and promotion decisions.
15:30-16:00 - Generating Routes for Women’s Leadership (Dr Helen Woolnough, Sylvia Pankhurst Gender and Diversity Research Centre, Manchester Metropolitan University)

Research tells us how organisational processes obstruct women’s progression and retention in leadership roles, and pioneering organisations are responding by developing initiatives to create better routes for women’s leadership. But how do businesses access this knowledge and work out which insights and practices can drive innovation in their organisations? The Generating Routes for Women’s Leadership (GROWL) project uses the methodology of ‘Engaged Scholarship’ to put organisations in dialogue with research evidence and better practice so they can innovate develop and retain female talent in leadership roles.

16:00-17:00 - Local networking and refreshments

This event is open to all. Tickets are £5 for FSB members and £7.50 for non-members via the above link. Contact Vanessa Gale, Operational Support Coordinator, (email: vanessa.gale@fsb.org.uk / tel: 07976 425139) for any queries. 

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