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Unpacking Unconscious Bias


Course Description

We live and work in a world that is full of unique and diverse individuals. From the obvious differences - like gender and language - to the more subtle differences - like upbringing and culture - we are surrounded by inputs that create unconscious responses deep in our psyche. How we react to those responses determines how well we leverage the diversity around us. During this session we will uncover what unconscious bias really is, the science behind it and how to respond to those biases in a way that benefits our organizations and our communities.
Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will learn the definition of unconscious bias and the factors that create those biases;

  2. Participants will discover the science behind unconscious bias and how it influences decisions in their daily lives; and

  3. Participants will learn how to identify their own unconscious biases and what they can do to respond to those biases in a way that promotes collaboration, support and positive culture in their organizations.

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Lindsay is the VP of Tax & Finance at 1st Financial Bank USA and the Founder and CEO of Origin Evolution LLC. Over the last 15 years, Lindsay has worked as an auditor and tax expert in public accounting as well as diving into tax and finance in an industry setting. Through Origin Evolution, she strives to help leaders uncover their organizational purpose and create cultures, strategies and client delivery methods that align with that purpose. In addition to her technical skills, Lindsay is involved in a number of committees at the AICPA, ASCPA and SDCPA and joined the AICPA General Council in 2018.

Lindsay was recognized as one of the Most Powerful Women in Accounting by AICPA and CPA Practice Advisor in 2018 and one of CPA Advisors’ 40 Under 40 in 2017 and 2018. She also received the AICPA Outstanding Young CPA Award in 2017. She is currently the Chair of the AICPA Young Members Leadership Committee and President of the Board at Mary J. Treglia Community House.

Lindsay is passionate about finding purpose and leveraging it to positively impact the innovation and success of organizations and the profession at large. She enjoys sharing her knowledge on influence, motherhood, leadership and self-awareness with others by speaking and writing for the AICPA, State Societies and other organizations. As a mother of 3 boys and a lover of mystery novels, there is never a dull moment! She graduated from Gonzaga University with a BA in Accounting and is still a die-hard Zags basketball fan!

About Our Presenter

Origin was founded by Lindsay Stevenson, CPA, CGMA to help leaders uncover organizational purpose and align culture, strategic initiatives, and client delivery methodologies to that purpose. After 13 years as an auditor and tax expert in public accounting, Lindsay recognized that organizations are often focused on the mechanics of running the business, delivering products or services and keeping up with compliance requirements, and the competitive advantage of knowing the “why” of the business gets lost. Through interactions with top level executives, business owners and industry leaders, Lindsay discovered that the real potential for success lies within an organization’s ability to understand its true purpose.

We believe that you already have everything you need for your organization to operate at its maximum potential, we strive to help you uncover it!