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Online Masterclass - Biology and Bias in Business

28 September 2023 small
Event information
Date 28 September 2023
Time 10:00-12:00 (Timezone: Europe/London)
Price Exclusive to members of The Henley Partnership *Up to 3 Places*
Venue Online
Event types:
Online masterclass

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This event is exclusive to members of The Henley Partnership.

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Have you ever been able to truly be yourself at work? How do the unwritten ‘rules’ of the organisation impact you? What adaptations have you made in order to ‘fit in’ at work? In this interactive talk, we explore why the typical ‘rules’ of the organisation no longer work for a significant proportion of people anymore. We examine the history of bias with real data and facts. We uncover the extraordinary impact of history, culture and society in determining our views and beliefs today. We then begin to explore how the 21st century sustainable organisation may look different when we value difference, when we begin to understand our biology, and when we place more value on relationships and collaboration.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this session, you will:

  • Have an understanding of the complex ways in which underrepresented groups are subjected to bias and the implications of this for those groups
  • Have an appreciation of the significant and largely untapped opportunity that exists when we really begin to understand our biology
  • Begin to understand how we may start to work differently in the 21st century sustainable organisation

Emma Russell

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Emma Russell is an executive coach and consultant with a special interest in how biology influences human behaviour. Prior to coaching and consulting, she held senior leadership roles in finance, commercial and change management. Emma has worked across Europe and Asia, leading large multicultural teams. She holds an Executive MBA (Dean’s List) from INSEAD.
A biologist by degree, Emma has returned to her interest in the subject through applied research, teaching, writing and coaching. Her specialty in understanding the biological basis of leadership allows her to understand and support leaders to improve their performance, health and wellbeing.
Emma lives in the UK with her husband and two children. When she’s not buried deep in academic papers or scientific books, she enjoys cooking, playing games and exploring nature with her children.

*Up to 3 places per member organisation. 'Up to' indicates the maximum number per member organisation, it is not an allocation of places. All places are subject to availability at the time of booking.

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