12:30-2:30pm ET / 9:30-11:30am PT

The Hidden Biases of Good People: Implications for Individuals and Organizations


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Despite our best intentions, we all have biases and are susceptible to stereotypes. This deep-dive session led by national diversity expert and Founder and Chief Equity Officer of the National Training Institute on Race and Equity (NTIRE) Dr. Bryant T. Marks will speak to how the known and unknown biases we hold toward others influence our judgments, behaviors, and decisions—both at the personal and organizational levels. During Dr. Marks’ engaging and interactive workshop, participants will:

  • Explore how individuals can change their personal biases to address biases in organizational behaviors and practices.
  • Receive a detailed description and examples of how to implement the five promising practices for managing and reducing personal bias.
  • Discuss how implicit bias can affect the employee life cycle and the potential impact of implicit bias on team dynamics and decision making in organizations.
  • Learn the three-phase approach to managing and reducing implicit bias at the organizational level via NTIRE’s AAA model—Assessment, Awareness, Action, which provides a step-by-step description of addressing organizational bias to take an evidence-based approach to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Have the opportunity to ask questions, weigh the pros and cons of recommended approaches in group discussions, and review the three components of a bias management action plan.

Please see below for speaker biography.

Reverend Dr. Bryant T. Marks, Sr. is a minister, researcher, trainer, award-winning educator, and former member of the Obama Administration. He is the Founder and Chief Equity Officer of the National Training Institute on Race and Equity and a tenured professor of Psychology at Morehouse College. Between 2017 and 2021, Dr. Marks provided implicit bias training to over 100,000 employees and volunteers in law enforcement; city, county, and federal government; corporations; education; and healthcare. Dr. Marks holds a B.A. in psychology and a minor in economics from Morehouse College, and a Master’s and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. Dr. Marks conducts research and professional development in the areas of diversity and implicit bias, Black male psychology and development, and personal passion and productivity. Dr. Marks is married to Dr. Kimberly Marks and father to Kim, Zion-Trinity, and Bryant II.

The National Training Institute on Race & Equity (NTIRE) at Morehouse College is a social impact and educational entity. Assisting individuals and organizations with identifying, understanding, and managing the content, skills, and behavior needed to create diverse, equitable, and inclusive organizations and communities, NTIRE’s model is built on a unique combination of social and cognitive science, the tenets of Martin Luther King Jr.’s version of the Beloved Community, the values of Morehouse College, and engaging and interactive training. NTIRE uses non-judgmental, yet evidence-based approaches to shed light on difficult and sensitive topics to enhance interpersonal and intergroup relations.