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“Understanding and Overcoming Unconscious and Conscious Bias”



  1. prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another, usually in a way considered to be unfair.
    “there was evidence of bias against foreign applicants”
    synonyms: prejudice, partiality, partisanship, favoritism, unfairness, one-sidedness
  2. in some sports, such as lawn bowling, the irregular shape given to a ball.


  1. cause to feel or show inclination or prejudice for or against someone or something.
    “readers said the paper was biased toward the conservatives”
    synonyms: prejudice, influence, color, sway, weight, predispose
  2. give a bias to. “bias the ball”

We all have biases. Every single one of us. You can never be bias free. The best we can hope for is to be bias aware. Sometimes we are conscious of our biases. More often, we are not.

Conscious bias is having positive or negative feelings or attitudes toward or about a person or group compared to another, usually considered to be unfair.

Unconscious bias refers to the bias or biases people have that they are not in conscious control of, or are not even aware of. These biases occur automatically, triggered by our brain making quick judgments and assessments of people and situations based on any number of criteria.

Unconscious bias is the arguably the worse of the two, since it means a person is unaware of their biases and the impact they have on their day to day lives.

CCDI’s D&I: The UnConference 2015 will take participants on a journey of how to understand and overcome unconscious and conscious biases. No talking heads or death by PowerPoint. Participants need to come prepared to work, learn, and go on a journey of self-discovery.

We promise you a day of experiential learning, new approaches to understanding the ‘what’ and ‘how’ of both unconscious and conscious bias (something many forget is also a part of this conversation) and information in short bytes. Be prepared to challenge and be challenged, and enjoy a fun learning environment as we explore these topics in depth.

With more than 50 years combined of experience, Michael Bach, Renée Bazile-Jones, and Susan Rogers will be your guides for this journey. We are excited to share what we have learned and look forward to learning from our participants.

What’s on the agenda? Small and large group interactions and experiences, and a chance to become a part of the CCDI Players.


Time: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
  • An Overview of Unconscious Bias
  • The CCDI Players Interactive Session
  • Reliable Sources Interactive Session
  • The Impact of Bias on Workplace Behaviour
  • Strategies to overcome Bias Interactive Session
  • Continental breakfast, lunch, and networking breaks will be provided.

Mark your calendars now, and we look forward to seeing you in the future.

Thank you to those that attended the 2015 UnConference Events. Plans for the 2016 UnConference will be communicated in the coming weeks.

Registration amount and additional information:Click on the event city above for event locations and driving directions.

Registration for D&I: The UnConference 2015 is $500.00, plus taxes, payable securely using PayPal with a credit card (Visa or MasterCard). Registration is open to anyone that wishes to attend this event. You do not have to be an Employer Partner or Individual Practitioners of the CCDI to register.

Employer Partners of the CCDI can register up to four (4) attendees to the D&I: The UnConference 2015 at no charge. Employer Partners of the CCDI also receive a 20% discount on any additional registrations purchased above and beyond their four free registrations.  Employees must register with their employer’s email address to utilize the 20% discount. The voucher codes for the four free registrations are unique to each Employer Partner, and cannot be shared/transferred other individuals. If you have not received your voucher codes (free registrations) for this event, please contact Mike Neff, Director of Operations, at mike.neff@ccdi.ca for assistance.

Individual Practitioners of the CCDI will receive a 10% discount off the registration price for D&I: The UnConference 2015Individual Practitioners who wish to receive the voucher code for the 10% discount, should contact Mike Neff, Director of Operations, at mike.neff@ccdi.ca for assistance.  The voucher codes are unique to each Individual Practitioners and cannot be shared/transferred to other individuals.

Hotels and Travel arrangements – since this is a one day event, the CCDI has not reserved any hotel room “blocks” with area hotels in the UnConference cities. Attendees who wish to travel from out of town to any of the UnConference events can make travel arrangements on their own, as needed.

Registration For This CCDI Event is Now Closed. 

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