April 25, 2018

Alton Harris

Episode 733: Proactive strategies to address gender bias, with Al Harris

Al Harris was a founding partner of the Chicago law firm of Ungaretti & Harris, which in 2015, merged with the national law firm of Nixon Peabody. At Ungaretti & Harris, he served for many years as managing partner and then as a member of its Executive and Compensation Committees. Al is co-author with his wife, Andie Kramer, of the book Breaking Through Bias: Communication Techniques for Women to Succeed at Work, which was named one of the best business books of 2016 by Women@Work. He is also the co-author of over 150 articles and blog posts on promoting diversity and overcoming stereotypes and biases.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Why Al and his wife Andie were committed to writing “Breaking Through Bias”
  • How many well intentioned businesses often times have unconscious biases
  • The importance of overcoming the affinity bias
  • How the negative bias pigeonholes women
  • How the agentic bias affects women in the workplace
  • Why every business must assume that some level of gender bias is occurring within their organization
  • The best way to try to reduce gender bias within your company
  • The importance of being careful when making decisions that affect people’s careers
  • The value of having two different individuals perform evaluations
  • Why when making career affecting decisions you should compare individuals against each other

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Stephen Woessner

Stephen is the CEO of Predictive ROI and host of the Onward Nation podcast. He is the author of two bestselling books, speaker, trainer, and his digital marketing insights have been featured in SUCCESS, Entrepreneur, The Washington Post, Forbes, Inc. Magazine, and other media.