Hosted by: Wake Forest University

Date: November 21, 2014


Convened by Wake Forest University Assistant Provost Barbee Oakes, over 150 participants attended The North Carolina Diversity and Inclusion Partners Fall 2014 conference theme to explore implicit bias and its implications for “every day” professionals. During the opening session, keynote, Howard Ross shared his insight and research in the field of unconscious bias. After lunch participants engaged in concurrent, afternoon sessions exploring the impact of implicit bias on Teamwork and Collaboration; Employment Transactions and Search Committees; and Crisis Management. Each discussion was offered twice to allow all participants to explore multiple topics.

“We are experiencing profound demographic transformations in our educational institutions and as a global community that have oft contributed to tense cultural climates,” Oakes said. “The work of NCDIP and their mission to strengthen our capabilities to communicate across differences will be an important part of the solution to foster inclusive and engaging campuses.”


Keynote: Howard Ross, Founder & Chief Learning Officer of Cook Ross Inc.

As founder & Chief Learning Officer of Cook Ross Inc., Howard Ross has served for almost 30 years as an influential business consultant to hundreds of organizations across the United States and in dozens of other countries, specializing in leadership, diversity, and organizational transformation. He is a recognized thought leader on exploring and addressing Unconscious Bias. Howard was the 2007-2008 Johnnetta B. Cole Professor of Diversity-in-Residence at Bennett College for Women, the first time a white man has ever served in such a position at an HBCU, and serves on the external Diversity Advisory Board for the Human Rights Campaign. Howard was the recipient of the 2012 Leadership Stars Who Mean Business Peer Award from Diversity Woman, and the Winds of Change Award from the Multicultural Forum for Workplace Diversity. He can be heard monthly on NPR as a regular guest on The Kojo Nnamdi Show. He is the author of ReInventing Diversity: Transforming Organizational Community to Strengthen People, Purpose & Performance, published by Rowman Littlefield in association with the Society for Human Resource Management in 2011. His upcoming book, Everyday Bias: Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgments in Our Daily Lives will be published by Rowman Littlefield in June 2014.