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Blind Spots: Unconscious Bias

Wednesday, June 16
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Like blind spots in a car, cognitive blind spots are things we systematically overlook intentionally or subconsciously. In this workshop, attendees explore various forms of bias and engage in activities and discussion that illuminate the effect biases have on our day-to-day decisions. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of how to challenge their biases and develop strategies for change.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Learn about common forms of unconscious bias that impact everyday work and life.
  • Understand how our brain is wired to assign meaning to the things we see and experience.
  • Explore what “triggers” our emotions and how they translate into actions and behaviors.
  • Understand the impact of bias in decision making and relationships.

Workshop Outcomes:

  • Develop an understanding of how the wiring of our brain creates unconscious biological reactions.
  • Skills development in bias mitigation, management, and emotional intelligence.
  • Gain an increased ability to effectively regulate self, influence and “stand up” up others.
  • Develop strategies for change.

Workshop Format:

  • Education and facilitated dialogue provided by Kristen Magni, Managing Partner, Advisory Services, hyrUP, a knowledgeable and experienced DEI practitioner and facilitator.
  • Experiential learning activities.
  • Application exercises that will lead to a deeper understanding of the concepts and potential outcomes.
  • Group exercises and discussions.
  • Breakout sessions that allow participants to put concepts into practice.


About the Facilitator:

Kristen Magni, Managing Partner, Advisory Services, hyrUP, has more than 20 years of experience leading human capital transformation and architecting change strategy, the last 16 of which have been in the multifamily and commercial real estate space. 

Prior to joining hyrUP, Kristen was the Vice President of Talent & Culture at The Bozzuto Group. Kristen was also head of diversity, equity & inclusion where she launched and led the work that would later garner numerous awards and national recognition for Bozzuto during and beyond her tenure.

Kristen has been a formal DEI practitioner for more than 10 years however she brings to this work, a lifetime of experience in the social justice advocacy space. Having been raised with a sibling with severe developmental disabilities, she has a deep appreciation for the explicit and implicit bias faced by differently-abled people and their caregivers. As the proud mother of a bi-racial son, she brings the intersectionality of his and her own lived experience to her work including how we can unify courageously to build a better tomorrow for future generations. 


This session is part of PMA’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Series.

Member:         $50
Nonmember:  $100‚Äč

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