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The Brain and Unconscious Bias

Understanding how biases affect the workplace

What are you doing to drive real change and an understanding of diversity and inclusion deep within your organization?

We all have biases. Many of them are unconscious. While society tends to categorize these biases as negative, most are simply our survival-based brain’s way of managing information quickly and efficiently. By understanding what is going on “under the hood”, we can create ways to minimize the negative impact of biases in the workplace.

You will Learn how to:

  • Learn the difference between bias, prejudice and stereotyping
  • Understand the social side of our brain to better improve diversity and inclusion
  • Learn how unconscious bias affects decision-making
  • Understand how biases and intuition relate

So You Will Be Able To:

  • Identify primary biases that affect workplace relationships
  • Identify ways to minimize the negative impact of biases in the workplace
  • Use action-oriented strategies for managing biases

To register for this workshop

Visit The Brain and Unconscious Bias registration page.


In 2017, 270 CEO’s signed, The CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion Pledge. Earlier in 2018, Starbucks shut down roughly 8000 stores for a day to provide bias training to their teams. Through the lens of neuroscience, attendees will better understand biases and how they impact our day to day decisions. By learning this topic, they will walk away will a better understanding of how to manage our brain’s natural tendencies so we can be more inclusive and create stronger teams. This is an exploratory course aimed at developing awareness rather than creating guilt. Participants will leave with new tools and an empowered ability to make positive changes within their organizations.


This course is appropriate for any level of management personnel, human resources members or customer service employees.


Wed., Sept. 11, 2019, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


Boise State Meridian Center, 2950 Magic View Dr., Ste. 188, Meridian, Idaho. View a map to Meridian Center for location and driving directions.


$340, includes all materials


Group discounts are available for three or more participants registering from the same organization for the same course at the same time. Call (208) 426-1709.


Carol Barkes – Carol Barkes, CPM is a certified professional mediator, neuro peak performance specialist and best-selling author. She serves as the mediation services coordinator for the Idaho Fourth District Court, is a lecturer at BSU teaching the first neuroscience courses taught at the university and runs a busy private practice both mediating and consulting. She has spoken at the United Nations and has been seen on Fox, NBC, ABC, CBS and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today. From an education standpoint, Carol graduated summa cum laude from Jones International University with both a BBA in global leadership and influence and an MBA in negotiation and conflict management. She is currently pursuing her PhD through Grand Canyon University. Each week, Carol mediates and helps negotiate numerous cases making her one of the most active mediators within the state of Idaho. Her ability to convey information in a manner that is straight-forward, approachable and easily understandable makes her presentations relevant and engaging.

Contact Us For More Information About Boise State Center for Professional Development

Phone: (208) 426-1709
Address: 2950 Magic View Dr., Ste. 188, Meridian, ID 83642

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