December 2, 2020 – Unconscious Bias Awareness in Our Lives and the Philanthropy World

December 2, 2020 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Virtual (Zoom)
Jeff Carson

Unconscious Bias Awareness in Our Lives and the Philanthropy World

Marguerite A. Fletcher, Esq., President, Fletcher Consulting

December 2, 2020

We all have unconscious biases. We come by them naturally. They are a result of how our brains work and our experiences in life. Similarly, the philanthropy world, leaders and fundraisers are not immune to the struggles of diversity and inclusion. Whether it is building a more inclusive board and staff or being aware of unconscious biases as we engage a more diverse donor and stakeholder community, recent events have brought stark reminders of the work in racial equity that is so critical to healthy institutions and communities. The goals of this highly interactive workshop are to increase our awareness of unconscious bias, to understand the impact of bias in our workplace and to learn skills for mitigating the effect of bias at work. We will strive to become more conscious through small group discussions, case studies and experiential exercises.

Marguerite A. Fletcher, Esq. is the President of Fletcher Consulting, LLC. She is a diversity consultant, keynote speaker and facilitator. Marguerite is skilled at facilitating workshops on a variety of topics such as Unconscious Bias Awareness, Interrupting Bias, and Managing Diverse Teams. Marguerite advises her clients on mitigating bias in hiring, assignment and evaluation systems. She is adept at performing comprehensive cultural assessments and in helping clients to develop strategic action plans. As a Keynote Speaker, Marguerite dives into challenging issues with energy and humor. A favorite at law schools and corporations, Marguerite speaks on a variety of issues relating to diversity, inclusion, unconscious bias and cultural competence. Marguerite is the Chair of the Board of YW Boston and has been active for many years with the Boston Bar Association, most notably as a member of the Steering Committee of the Diversity and Inclusion Section. Marguerite has served as a Senior Consultant with the Verna Myers Consulting Group and Ibis Consulting Group. Prior to establishing Fletcher Consulting, Marguerite was Assistant General Counsel at Genuity, Inc. where she worked with the COO to launch a diversity assessment and plan for the company. She was an active member of a group of senior employees focused on the hiring and retention of people of color while working as Corporate Counsel at Lotus Development Corporation/IBM and participated in the recruitment of associates while a Corporate Associate with Hale and Dorr (now known as Wilmer Hale). Marguerite, who was born in Kingston, Jamaica, is a graduate of the Harvard Law School and the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. She resides in Newton, Massachusetts.

This program is worth 1.5 CLE credits.

Sponsored by Vision Philanthropy Group

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