In person event in collaboration with Harvard Business Review Press
Harvard Business Review at Amcham Finland
Wednesday, March 9, 2022 |
8:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Hilton Helsinki Strand
We are honored to invite you to meet one of the foremost experts on diversity and equality in the workplace, Joan Williams. Described as having “something approaching rock star status” in her field by The New York Times Magazine, Joan has played a central role in debates over workplace bias for decades.
Join us for breakfast on Wednesday 9 March from 8:30-11:00 at the Hilton Helsinki Strand and hear insights from Joan’s new book, Bias Interrupted. Following the keynote, there will be a chance to network and meet Joan. By attending the event, you will also receive a copy of the book.
8:30 AM Arrivals & Breakfast
8:40 AM Welcome by Amcham Finland
8:45 AM Workshop begins with Joan C. Williams on Bias Interrupted.
Discussion groups of 6, 4 times over the course of the program. This will be facilitated by Joan.
10:30 AM Close of the program
You are welcome to stay until 11 AM.
Speaker & the book
Joan C. Williams
Distinguished Professor of Law
UC Hastings Foundation Chair
Director of the Center for WorkLife Law
Described as having “something approaching rock star status” in her field by The New York Times Magazine, Joan C. Williams has played a central role in reshaping the conversation about work, gender, and class over the past quarter century. Williams is a Distinguished Professor of Law, Hastings Foundation Chair, and Founding Director of the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Williams’ path-breaking work helped create the field of work-family studies and modern workplace flexibility policies.
Williams is one of the 10 most cited scholars in her field. She has authored 11 books, over 90 academic articles, and her work has been covered in publications from Oprah Magazine to The Atlantic. Her awards include the Families and Work Institute’s Work Life Legacy Award (2014), the American Bar Foundation’s Outstanding Scholar Award (2012), and the ABA’s Margaret Brent Women Award for Lawyers of Achievement (2006). In 2008, she gave the Massey Lectures in the History of American Civilization at Harvard. Her Harvard Business Review article, “What So Many People Don’t Get About the U.S. Working Class” has been read over 3.7 million times and is now the most read article in HBR’s 90-plus year history.
Creating Inclusion for Real and for Good
Many companies are sincerely interested in making progress on diversity, equity, and inclusion but have no clue how to do so.
American companies spend close to $8 billion annually on diversity efforts, with remarkably few results.Too often, diversity efforts rest on the assumption that all that’s needed is an earnest conversation about “privilege.”
Addressing systemic bias and prejudice requires changing systems. Bias Interrupted has a reassuring message that leaders just need to use standard business tools data and metrics—to interrupt the bias that is constantly transmitted through forma l sys tems like performance appraisals and the informal systems that control access to opportunities.
The book presents new evidence based on Williams’s research and work with companies, including evidence that interrupting bias helps every group—including white men. Compact and straightforward, Bias Interrupted delivers real practical value to anyone who wants to see change happen.
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