Diversity initiatives in corporations have become standardized as the demographics of the workforce has shifted. Jason Greer, CEO of Greer Consulting Inc., will speak about the need for a renewed approach to creating meaningful diversity initiatives using a brain based approach at the American Council of Independent Laboratories Annual meeting. The event is scheduled on September 28, 2016, at St. Louis, Missouri, at The Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark.
The U.S. has a labor force participation rate of 63.8 percent. According to the Center for American Progress, census data reveals that by 2050 there will be no racial or ethnic majority in our country. An article by Deloitte states, “It’s time to rethink diversity. Advances in neurological research can help organizations operationalize diversity of thought and eventually change how they define and harness human capital.” An article published by The Society for Neuroscience reveals that implicit bias results from an often subtle discrimination based on cultural stereotypes. The solution thus lies in understanding shifting subconscious thought patterns.
“Diversity trainings that merely focus on employees’ differences in race, sexual orientation, gender and religion have serious limitations and have the potential to create divisiveness. Instead, transformative diversity and inclusion initiatives expose the subconscious bias that impacts everyone’s behaviors. With this understanding, we are able to recognize the impact of our neurological conditioning on corporate culture,” explains Greer.
According to John Beshears and Francesca Gino of the Harvard Business School, “It’s extraordinarily difficult to rewire the human brain,” but we can “alter the environment in which decisions are made.” This approach involves mitigating biases, not reversing them, and Beshears and Gino have found that it can lead to better outcomes in a wide range of situations.
Jason is a professional speaker widely known for his work in the area of racial reconciliation. He combines his natural wit and storytelling ability with his experience in counseling, training and conflict resolution. His most recent appearance was at the Missouri State Council of SHRM conference held on August 4, 2016, where he spoke on the topic, ‘Diversity and the Brain: What’s Your Story?’
Leading industry leaders will be in attendance at the ACIL conference to hear Jason Greer discuss these current issues and find creative solutions for their organization.
About Greer Consulting Inc.
Greer Consulting Inc. provides organizations’ solutions with diversity, labor relations and management concerns. Founded over a decade ago, Greer Consulting Inc.’s headquarters are in St. Louis, MO, and is led by CEO and President, Jason Greer. For more information, please visit: www.greerconsultinginc.com