Presented by Rachel Smith/ Former Program Manager at Google
Session Two, 2:30PM – 3:30PM, Oct 4, 2019
Much of the education and certifications we attain throughout our lives are aimed at helping us become better decision makers. But what if our decision-making process is often influenced by unconscious biases that prevent us from selecting the best option? Can we change our biases, or should we instead focus on setting up a system that removes bias from the decision-making process all together? Join us for a 45-minute workshop on “unconscious bias” where we’ll discuss the recommendations of Dr. Banaji, a social ethics professor at Harvard, and her research in the book Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People.
Rachel Smith Bio
After graduating from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan with a Bachelor’s in Marketing in 2006, Rachel started working at Google in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 2007. She spent the next 11 years working in various roles at Google ranging from AdWords pay-per-click sales, DoubleClick display ad consulting, YouTube video ad technical escalations, People Manager of a global team, and Project Manager on Google Cloud. Since 2014, Rachel has regularly participated in unconscious bias trainings for Google employees. She left Google in 2018 to begin a full-time MBA program at the University of South Alabama and will graduate with a Master’s in management in July 2019.