Examining Our Biases: Could We Be Leaving Business on the Table?
Biases – It seems that in today’s landscape, one cannot escape conversations that take us into sometimes uncomfortable territory around diversity and inclusion. Why is this dialogue often so difficult? Are we aware that greater understanding and leveraging of diversity and inclusion (or lack thereof!) can make or break our business opportunities and relationships? This session will tackle the topic of diversity and inclusion head on and explore why it is a key driver in today’s business environment. It will also provide an opportunity to examine our own biases and how they might impact our own ability to be successful. Learn how to watch out for blind spots, bad decisions, and cultural mishaps that could cause you to leave business on the table or miss out on coveted opportunities altogether.
Joelle A. Murchison, Associate Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, University of Connecticut, Executive, administrator, diversity and inclusion champion, and mom of four, Joelle Amy Murchison effectively balances her career, family responsibilities, and community and volunteer activities.
A graduate of Brown University, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications, Joelle combines her passion and interests in education, inclusion, policy, and communications in her work. She has received numerous awards, including the Breaking Down Barriers Award from Travelers in 2017, the Trailblazer Award from the VOICES of Women of Color, and the Living Waters Award from the Connecticut Conference of the UCC. She was also named a Top Executive in Diversity by Black Enterprise magazine in 2011 and 2012
Joelle also serves on the Board of Directors of RECENTER (formerly the Discovery Center), College Possible, and the Amistad Center for Art and Culture. In addition, she is a corporator for the Village for Families and Children and a Founding Member of the Black Giving Circle of the Hartford Foundation.
Currently, Joelle is also building out an inclusion, communication, leadership, and coaching practice called ExecMommy.