September (9/24) – Uncovering Our Blind Spots

Join us for our Annual SHRM Fundraiser Event!

Having an unconscious bias doesn’t make you a bad person—it just means you’re human. When most people think of bias, they think of a negative action taken deliberately – bias is a prejudice in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another usually in a way that’s considered to be unfair or negative. Don’t pretend that you don’t have a bias, or a misconception based upon an identifying characteristic. Acknowledge it.  Become aware that it might be incorrect or ignorant. There is also unconscious or implicit biases that can affect your behavior or decisions without you realizing it. Unconscious biases are often based on mistaken, inaccurate, or incomplete information. These biases can have a significant impact on our workplaces, shaping who gets recruited, hired, and promoted. A key….making sure your behavior honors and respects others.

It’s possible to interrupt our bias. The first step is awareness – be conscious. As we acknowledge our misconceptions and make sure that our behavior includes and values others, we are demonstrating inclusion and belonging. These are extremely important words and ACTIONS needed in today’s workplace.

This program will address the most common types of unconscious bias, along with tactics you can use to ensure workplace decisions (like hiring and interviewing) aren’t being guided by individual biases. Attendees will discuss approaches to developing an inclusive workplace and will walk away with tools for self-discovery of recognizing one’s own biases and build an awareness to avoid biases and how to interrupt them when they do show up.

Meet Our Speaker

Deborah Jeffries, Co-President of HR Answers, Inc

Deborah Jeffries serves as one of the Co-President for HR Answers, Inc.  She has nearly 40 years in the human resources (33 in consulting).  As a consultant, recruiter and trainer, Deborah works with organizations on the employment processes/activities, performance management, coaching/counseling, diversity, harassment, supervision, leadership, improved communication and more. 

Deborah is one of us…she has been a SHRM member since 1990 and has served in a variety of position on her local, state and regional Boards in a variety of positions over the last 30+ years. She has even taught the SHRM Certification materials for two years with her local Chapter in Salem and now with Linfield College. Clients comment on her no-nonsense practical approach and her positive outlook. Those that know Deborah describe her as energetic with a quirky sense of humor, a passion for HR, and a contagious laugh. 

A Zoom link will be provided to registered attendees after purchase.

Friday, September 24, 2021 from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM PT.

Members: $15.00 (Check email for promo code or email

Non-Members: $20.00