Educational Program

March 02, 2021
11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
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How Event Professionals Can Successfully Defeat Unconscious Bias Via the Neuroscience of Emotional and Social Intelligence

In this engaging, interactive, and entertaining presentation, you as an event professional will dramatically improve your skills in addressing unconscious bias in yourself and in others in your team and organization. Cutting-edge research in cognitive neuroscience and behavioral economics shows that we all suffer from subtle and unconscious dangerous judgment errors called cognitive biases, which cause us to make bad decisions in evaluating people. By refining your emotional intelligence, which refers to skills in understanding and managing your emotions, you will gain awareness of when your feelings are likely to lead you into these mental blindspots and prevent yourself from falling into them. You will also raise your abilities in social intelligence, the strategic capacity to evaluate and influence other people’s emotions and relationships. Social intelligence skills – including cultivating valuable relationships, engaging stakeholders, empathetic listening, curious questioning, improving teamwork, mediating and resolving conflicts, reframing, exhibiting leadership presence, and motivating others – will enable you to help those in your team and organization to notice unconscious cognitive biases and avoid them. Pioneering diversity leaders at the forefront of innovation are increasingly integrating emotional and social intelligence-based strategies into their efforts to help themselves and others address unconscious bias. This presentation will offer you case studies and best practices from these innovative leaders, combined with groundbreaking research in emotional and social intelligence, to give you the most critical skills and take-aways that you need to help yourself and others defeat unconscious bias.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify situations where unconscious bias is likely to lead you and your team of event professionals astray in evaluating others
  • Boost your emotional intelligence abilities to empower you to perceive and avoid unconscious biases
  • Refine your social intelligence skills to help others notice their unconscious biases and avoid them
  • Discover how innovative diversity leaders use emotional and social intelligence abilities to defeat unconscious bias
  • Adapt emotional and social intelligence-informed strategies on addressing unconscious bias from these leaders into your own context
  • Empower others in your team and organization to defeat unconscious bias through emotional and social intelligence skills




Dr. Gleb Tsipursky

An internationally-renowned thought leader known as the Disaster Avoidance Expert, Dr. Gleb Tsipursky is on a mission to protect leaders from dangerous judgment errors known as cognitive biases by developing the most effective risk management and decision-making strategies. A best-selling author, he wrote Never Go With Your Gut: How Pioneering Leaders Make the Best Decisions and Avoid Business Disasters (Career Press, 2019), The Blindspots Between Us: How to Overcome Unconscious Cognitive Bias and Build Better Relationships (New Harbinger, 2020), and Resilience: Adapt and Plan for the New Abnormal of the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic (Changemakers Books, 2020). He has over 550 articles and 450 interviews in USA Today, Inc. Magazine, CBS News, Time, Business Insider, Government Executive, Fortune, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Fast Company, and elsewhere. His expertise comes from over 20 years of consulting, coaching, and speaking and training on decision making and risk management strategy as the CEO of Disaster Avoidance Experts, and over 15 years in academia as a behavioral scientist. Contact him at [email protected], LinkedIn, Twitter @gleb_tsipursky, Instagram @dr_gleb_tsipursky, Medium @dr_gleb_tsipursky, and register for his free Wise Decision Maker Course.


Member Ticket - $25.00

Non-Member Ticket - $35.00


Catering Add On Option

Grace Street Catering has spent the last 30 years offering delicious food and innovative event design in the Bay Area. In recent weeks months, as a result of COVID-19, we find ourselves not able to do what we do best.  We have concern for our employees, our farmers and suppliers who provide us with seasonal produce, meat and fish. In an effort to keep our community alive, we are establishing a new endeavor.

We invite you to purchase fresh produce from local farmers, high quality meats and fish, and even a few treats.  We are just getting started, so please check back soon for new items, meal kits of the week and recipes to some of your Grace Street favorites.

Thank you for your continued support of small businesses like ours.

Jen & Eric, Grace Street Catering


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We understand that our community's financial situations may differ during this time. We are here for you. If you need financial assistance to attend this live webinar, please contact [email protected].


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