Experts are constantly looking for a rational explanation of why gender inequalities still exist in business. Depending on the study du jour , some of the current explanations include women’s inability to negotiate, women’s lack of confidence, and women’s unwillingness to compromise their ethical values for career success.

What if there isn’t a rational explanation? What if a major cause has to do with implicit biases which result in discriminatory behavior?

Instead of focusing on acting “more like a man” – a strategy that has not worked in the past 30 years – we have a different solution. The key to moving up in your career is to get to the root cause of what is blocking your career. It starts with implicit biases.

The Problem

  • These unconscious biases play a huge role in decision making

Our Solution

  • Assess our own implicit biases surrounding gender
  • Recognize how implicit biases are hindering our careers
  • Transform unconscious biases to conscious ones
  • Develop strategies to change behaviors based on implicit biases

Course Outline

Pre-work: Harvard Implicit Gender Bias Assessment


  • Introduction and assessment discussion
  • What does your assessment reveal about your own bias

Classroom Training:

  • Define Implicit Biases — The Numbers Don’t Lie:
    • Examine a statistical journey women in leadership have taken in the past 50 years
    • Review media and cultural stereotypes for women in leadership
    • Compare the percentage of women in key fields 50 years ago and now: business, tech, medicine, law, and politics including salary changes in fields
    • Parallel career trajectories of women and men in the same fields
  • Break Implicit Bias Habit:
    • Recognize your “adaptive unconscious” through introspection
    • Practice three steps to observe and change your bias behaviors
  • Overcome Boldness Barriers and Build Confidence:
    • Annul self-defeating beliefs
    • Apologize for mistakes, but not for who you are
    • Anticipate and prepare for setbacks
    • Annihilate arrogance
  • Communicate Boldly:
    • Use a framework to plan what you will say even “on the run”
    • Prepare for bold communication in meetings
    • Be engaging — ask questions and listen

Target Audience

Women who are either stepping into a leadership role or are currently taking on a challenging leadership assignment.

Delivery Options

Make Bold Choices as Women Leaders is available in the following formats: Half-Day Training Workshop, Full Day Training Workshop

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