Unconscious Bias in the Workplace: And Its Effect on Hiring

As someone tasked with hiring staff….you know that a more diverse staff leads to more creativity and relationships with clients, yet agencies still wind up hiring the same types of people.  Diversity seems to come in conflict with hiring people that fit the agency’s culture or hiring people that we like.  The challenge is how do overcome the little (or big) unconscious biases that make us hire people like ourselves and create a different hiring process that sets aside unconscious biases and allows us to hire the more diverse staff that we all want.  Unconscious bias is a phenomenon that is pervasive in all organizations and human beings. Better and quicker decision making is the goal of any organization and understanding this phenomenon will improve that process.

On May 11, join Chuck McClellan and prepare to have an informative, thought provoking, culturally sensitive and sometimes controversial discussion about Unconscious Bias in the Workplace and Its Affect on Hiring. You will learn what it is, how it affects your organization and ways to overcome it as human behavior cannot be quickly and easily changed.

Key takeaways:

  • Unconscious Bias is woven into Human DNA, you’ll learn how to identify it
  • Learn the solutions available if you are open minded
  • Learn how biases affect your hiring decisions even when you know that prejudice and racism are wrong
  • The best intentioned Diversity Initiatives can fail when not implemented properly…learn how to implement an initiative
  • Diversity and Inclusion should be a goal of all organizations. This webclinic will get you started.

Who should attend:

Agency owners, HR professionals, C-suite leaders, hiring decision makers and anyone who has been put into the position of having both evaluate prospective and current employees.

About Chuck McClellan:



Chuck McClellan is a Partner with Jobplex/DHR International, the fifth largest Executive Search firm in the world.

He has almost 20 years of Executive Search experience in Marketing and Advertising, Consumer Products, Sales/Business Development, Diversity and Human Resources.

His professional experience includes marketing management and sales positions at The Quaker Oats Company, Abbott Laboratories, Soft Sheen Products and Burrell Communications Group before becoming a Partner at his firm McClellan Tesar Reynes.

Chuck has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Illinois-Chicago, and a MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He is an active member of the National Black MBA Association, a Board member for the Chicago Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, a member of the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources and the Direct Marketing Association (DMA).