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    November Chapter Meeting: Unconscious and Implicit Bias

    Date: November 11, 2021, 11:45am – 1:00pm
    Lynchburg Regional SHRM Inc.
    Virtual - Zoom Meeting
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    Schedule: 11:50 am - 12:00 pm  Business Meeting

                       12:00 pm - 1:00 pm   Presentation


    Topic: Unconscious and Implicit Bias

    A diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment is no longer an option, it’s a business imperative. How do you build a culture of respect for others? With training and education on U.S. employment laws and an open conversation about some of the harmful perceptions, barriers, and associations in your business, many of biases can be addressed and eliminated.

    The following topics will be addressed:

    • Federal and state discrimination laws
    • How bias happens in the workplace, with case examples
    • A manager’s role in preventing issues


    After this session, attendees should be able to:

    1. Understand the federal and Virginia definitions of discrimination.
    2. Identify biases that can lead to workplace discrimination.
    3. Create a plan to update policies and procedures that may lead to discrimination.


    Speakers: Patrick Bolling and Leah Stiegler, Woods Rogers Labor & Employment Practice

    Patrick Bolling

    Patrick Bolling is a Labor & Employment attorney in Woods Rogers’ Lynchburg office. In collaboration with human resource professionals and company leaders, he helps his clients make employment decisions, design and implement fair and effective employment policies, contracts, and handbooks, conduct workplace investigations, and prevent disputes from becoming litigation. Patrick’s additional experience in transactional business matters allows him to offer depth and context to decision-makers beyond employment issues.

    Leah Stiegler

    Leah advises employers on compliance with employment laws and defends actions before agencies including the EEOC, DOL, and NLRB. Leah has substantial federal trial experience, conducts workplace and board training sessions, and guides managers through workplace investigations. Leah has traveled the Mid-Atlantic speaking about diversity and implicit bias.


    Pending approval for SHRM Credit (1.00 "General HR" Credit Hour)

    Pending approval for HRCI Credit (1.00 PDC Credit Hour)

    Sponsors: This meeting is available for sponsorship.