Breaking the Bias
By Consciously Unbiased
Only 2% of our biases come from our conscious. That means 98% of our biases are coming from our unconscious state. Breaking The Bias dives into these individual stories by interviewing individuals who are champions of Diversity and Inclusion every day. Take a Stand. Speak up. Let's Shake Up the Status Quo, Together.
How To Diversify Your Network, According To A Super Connector
As we kick off 2023, many of us may be reflecting on the past year and thinking ahead about how we want to show up and who we want to connect with in the new year. This topic may be especially important, given that research shows that loneliness increased for Americans during the pandemic. In this episode of Breaking the Bias, Holly Corbett, VP of Content for Consciously Unbiased, spoke to Susan McPherson, author of The Lost Art of Connecting: The Gather, Ask, Do Method for Building Meaningful Relationships, to find out how we can use technology for good to reverse the growing trend of disconnection, build more meaningful relationships and authentically diversify our networks and overcome similarity bias. Relationship building takes time, but Susan shares practical advice for how we can focus on making connections and expand our networks without feeling overwhelmed.
January 02, 2023
Top DEI Conversations In 2023 That Leaders Should Have
As we head into 2023 and economists are saying we’re on the verge of a recession, the impact this will have on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives remains to be seen. Yet companies can’t afford to let DEI fall to the bottom of their priority list if they want to remain relevant and survive during an economic downturn and beyond. In today’s conversation, Consciously Unbiased founder Ashish Kaushal sits down with Christopher Bylone Van Sandwyk, who was named one of this year’s top 15 Diversity Champions by Diversity Global magazine. They cover everything from the privilege Christopher has when he steps into the room as a white man and how he talks to other white men about DEI; why DEI leaders have to be more comfortable with data, and the DEI conversations leaders really need to be having in 2023.
December 23, 2022
How Technology Can Help Us Close The Gender Gap At Work
We are almost to 2023, and we’re still having conversations about how to make gender equity happen. In the U.S., women represent 48% of the entry-level workforce; but only 24% of C-suite executives. Men are promoted at a rate of 21% more than women. We still have a gender and racial pay gap and a motherhood penalty. Yet closing the gender gap is not only the right thing to do; it’s good for the economy and would increase the U.S. GDP by $3.1 trillion. In this episode of Breaking the Bias, Consciously Unbiased founder Ashish Kaushal sits down with Katica Roy, a gender economist and founder of Pipeline, a company that uses analytics to quantify unconscious bias within an organization. Katica also has an extraordinary story as the daughter of a refugee and immigrant on why she is so passionate about advancing equity. They cover everything from the difference between equality and equity, how gender equity helps men too, and whether salary transparency policies are truly effective.
December 13, 2022
Why Ageism Should Be Included In Your DEI Strategy: The Founder Of Modern Elder Academy
For the first time ever, we have five generations together in the workplace. When we talk about DEI, it’s important to also talk about ageism and generational diversity. In this episode of Breaking the Bias, Consciously Unbiased founder Ashish Kaushal sits down with Chip Conley, founder & CEO of Modern Elder Academy. Just a little about Chip: At age 26, Chip grew a successful boutique hotel company and later became a best-selling author. Then, at 52, he joined AirBnB as the Head of Global Hospitality and Strategy, where most of the employees were half his age. Today he is promoting the idea of a “Modern Elder,” with his latest book, Wisdom at Work. He defines an elder as someone who is as curious as they are wise, and is helping to reframe aging as an opportunity for growth. In this episode, Chip shares how a near-death experience changed the way he lives his life, how his work at AirBnB helped him bridge generational divides, and how to hold on to a beginner mindset in midlife and beyond.
November 16, 2022
The 5th Anniversary of the #MeToo Movement: How It Started And What’s Next
It’s been five years since #MeToo went viral after actress Alyssa Milano tweeted “me too” and encouraged others who had experienced sexual harassment to do the same, though activist Tarana Burke originally coined the phrase “me too” in 2006. The #MeToo movement sparked a societal reckoning as thousands of women’s voices about the sexual violence they’d experienced at the hands of powerful men put a spotlight on gender inequities and power dynamics. No longer silent, this collective of voices resulted in real-world consequences that spread around the world, with heads of companies being fired and public figures being held accountable. As #MeToo was gaining momentum and the Harvey Weinsten scandal was dominating the news, the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund was launched to offer legal assistance to survivors of harassment and assault. In this episode of Breaking the Bias, Holly Corbett, VP of Content for Consciously Unbiased, speaks with Fatima Goss Graves, president and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center and co-founder of Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund. This episode covers: How the National Women’s Law Center started the Time’s Up legal Defense Fund as the Harvey Weinstein case broke. Today 6,000 people have gone to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund for help, and they have a network of 400 attorneys. What the #MeToo movement means today, and a growing awareness of Black survivors of sexual violence and other people with marginalized identities, and how they see themselves as part of this movement. What needs to happen next to help keep fighting sexual harassment in the workplace and protect against retaliation for those who report it.
October 25, 2022
A Historian on The Untold Stories of the Women’s Suffrage Movement—And What It Means Today
Women’s Equality Day falls on August 26th, in honor of the passage of the 19th amendment in 1920 that granted some women the right to vote. It reminds us of the importance of how far we’ve come in the fight for equal rights, and how far we still have to go. One prominent woman from history you may not have heard of is Matilda Josyln Gage, whose story did not get as much attention in history books as other suffragists, such as Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. In this episode of Breaking the Bias, Sally Roesch Wagner, a major historian of the women's suffrage movement, author, and founder of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation, shares her extraordinary story. The conversation covers: Who Matilda Joslyn Gage was exactly, what made her so bad ass, and why she was written out of history. In what ways Matilda’s vision of equality for all was shaped by the local Native American culture, where women had an equal voice in political leadership for more than 1000 years. Parallels between the issues women were fighting for more than a century ago, and the issues we’re still working on today.
August 24, 2022
Academics On The Economic Impact Of Overturning Roe V Wade
The Supreme Court of the United States ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade and 50 years of precedent federally protecting women’s right to abortion access happened on June 24, 2022. In this special episode of Breaking the Bias, we share two behind-the-scenes interviews with academics who have been leading the research on the impact of abortion access on women, families, and society that were done at the beginning of June, 2022 before the recent SCOTUS ruling, and Holly Corbett, VP of Content for Consciously Unbiased and Forbes contributor for an article called “How Overturning Roe V. Wade Can Impact The Economy.” In this episode you’ll hear from Caitlin Myers, professor of economics at Middlebury College and who, along with more than 150 other economists, filed an amicus brief to highlight the impacts of abortion legalization in the U.S. and model what would happen if Roe v. Wade was overturned, as well as Diana Greene Foster, PhD, professor at the University of California San Francisco and lead author of the landmark Turnaway Study, which examines the effects of unwanted pregnancies on women’s lives. Here are some ways that the research illustrates how overturning Roe v. Wade could impact the economy, and society at large.
July 06, 2022
The Author of “Inclusion Revolution” On Power & Using Your Voice
The last time Daisy Auger-Dominguez was a guest on Breaking the Bias, she shared how she took time off for self reflection with what she called her “year of the heart,” and how the power of a pause not only positively impacts our own lives, but also benefits our organizations. That time away helped her deepen her purpose, and today she is the Chief People Officer at VICE Media Group, and author of the new book, Inclusion Revolution. “All humans, no matter where they come from, want to feel seen, heard, and valued. That is a human need,” says Daisy. In this episode, Consciously Unbiased founder Ashish Kaushal (virtually) sits down with Daisy to talk about her personal journey, how to find joy and belonging at work, and ways each and every one of us can use our voice to build inclusion.
May 25, 2022
Beyond The Numbers: A DEI Leader On How To Create a More Inclusive Workplace
Having lived and worked in different countries, Vaishali Shah, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at Randstad Sourceright, was exposed to many ways of living. It was these experiences that led her to realize the need to recognize the strengths that our differences can make within organizations. Her personal experiences inspired her to pursue diversity and inclusion as her full-time job. “I've often seen myself as being a little bit different from the people around me. I've been fortunate to find, to create, and to thrive in the opportunities that enabled me to add value—not in spite of being different, but because of being different in my experiences, my background, the way I think, or the way I solve problems. I realized that this isn't the case for a lot of people, and there's a lot that we can do with our own experiences. I wanted to do something about it.” In this episode of Breaking the Bias, Consciously Unbiased founder Ashish Kaushal (virtually) sits down with Vaishali, to talk about her journey and her passion for diversity and inclusion. They cover: Why diversity should not be only a metric—and how to track the impact that DEI initiatives have on people The benefits of normalizing mental health at work How to better listen to employees during The Great Resignation and beyond, and much more.
February 16, 2022
Why Shame In DEI Training Doesn’t Work—And What Does
The ongoing pandemic and social unrest in the aftermath of George Floyd sparked a greater emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) training within organizations. As the demand for DEI trainers continues to rise, many lack a clear path for making progress and must learn on their own without clear guidelines. Maria Morukian, President of MSM Global Consulting, authored the new book Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Trainers: Fostering DEI in the Workplace, to create a guide for trainers to develop the skills needed to deliver sustainable change and unpack their own biases. For Maria, DEI is personal and is largely influenced by her upbringing as a first-generation American: Maria’s father, Val Morukian, had a bi-cultural identity. He was an Armenian whose family fled Istanbul during the Armenian diaspora and he was born in Cuba to a single mother of three. Maria opens her book by sharing how her father embodied the old adage, ‘looks can be deceiving.’ “I would say people looked at my dad as this small in stature, older, hard-of-hearing guy with kind of a funny accent who always looked a little disheveled and like he was lost,” says Maria.“But the truth was that he had had this incredible life and so many rich and sometimes hard- to-imagine stories…looking at what was on the surface, if people just saw him or knew this one little bit of the story, they would never know all of the richness that was underneath.” As a young man, her father was enlisted in the U.S. Army, during which he was shot in the line of duty. Val was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for saving members of his battalion. He went to college after the army and became a Detroit public school teacher for nearly 40 years, and at various times was a bartender, a carni, and even a security guard for Jimmy Hoffa. Maria’s father’s life inspired her to become a diversity trainer and educator. In this episode of Breaking the Bias, Consciously Unbiased founder Ashish Kaushal (virtually) sits down with Maria, to talk about her journey and the power that DEI training, when done right, can have in the workplace. They cover: Why blame and shame aren’t effective for creating change—and what is How to encourage people to look at the world from others’ perspectives The most essential skills diversity, equity and inclusion trainers should have in order to make a real impact The next frontier of DEI training in the workplace, and much more.
January 26, 2022
Eve Rodsky On How To Reclaim Your Creative Life In A Too-Busy World
Pursuing creativity by doing things you love and sharing them with the world is not optional, but actually critical for your mental health, happiness, and overall productivity. In this episode of Breaking the Bias, Holly Corbett, VP of Content for Consciously Unbiased, has Eve Rodsky back on the show. Eve is a Harvard-trained lawyer, author of the best-selling book Fair Play and also author of the newly-released book Find Your Unicorn Space. Eve has spent a decade interviewing thousands of people on the gender division of labor in the household, and unpacking the final wave of feminism: gender equality in the home. With her latest book, Find Your Unicorn Space, Eve shares a framework for why making time for creativity is essential for reconnecting with your joy, fighting burnout, and creating more meaning in our lives. This episode is for women, men, nonbinary folks—everyone. Eve’s framework for tapping into your curiosity to find clues about what fuels your happiness can create a ripple effect in our homes, workplaces, and communities. In this conversation, Holly and Eve dive into what unicorn space is exactly—and what it isn’t; how women can reclaim permission to be unavailable from their roles and take uninterrupted time for creative pursuits; and much more.
December 29, 2021
Career Coaches On How To Articulate Your Value
Due to a series of economic downturns, gender-based social norms and the cracked-yet-not-broken glass ceiling, women of Generation X (born between 1965 and 1980) are sometimes referred to as the “sandwich generation.” Gen X women are more likely to be working full time and to be a caregiver for children or aging parents—or both. According to the AARP’s Public Policy Institute, by the year 2030, the ratio of people needing care to possible caregivers will be 4-to-1 and by 2050, it will be 3-to-1. This caregiving crisis could have a great effect on both the millennial and Gen Z generation as well. As career and caregiving duties collide for many—especially during the ongoing pandemic—workplaces will need to adapt to better accommodate caregivers. In this episode of Breaking the Bias, Consciously Unbiased Director of Content Holly Corbertt (virtually) sits down with Jackie Ghedine and Mimi Bishop, co-founders of The Resting Mind, a company that coaches high-achieving, 40+ women who want greater success and more money in their career or their business. They dive into how women and professionals of all intersections can better navigate through the corporate world and be their most authentic selves, all while getting paid what they are worth. The conversation also covers: How to change subconscious beliefs and habits to optimize your outcome. Why working hard does not automatically mean success—and what does. How to recognize what feels right for you intuitively, and what an energy misalignment looks like. How Gen X women can combat ageism, and much more.
September 22, 2021
Action Steps for Change: Diversity Is A Number, Inclusion Is a Culture
It’s no secret that our country, and therefore, our workforce is diversifying. By 2045, our country will have no racial majority according to the 2020 census. Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives are key for creating workplace cultures that celebrate differences, embrace commonalities and allow all voices to be heard. In order to be successful, DEI shouldn’t focus only on full-time employees, but your entire workforce. The contingent workforce includes contractors and freelancers and currently makes up 40% of today’s total workforce. Yet, the contingent workforce is often treated as second class, or an afterthought in the company’s position-hierarchy. With 62% of enterprises perceiving contingent labor as a vital component to their total workforce, there is no time like the present to focus DEI efforts on the contingent workforce. In this episode of Breaking the Bias, Consciously Unbiased founder Ashish Kaushal (virtually) sits down with Brian Hoffmeyer and Elijah Bradshaw, two executives at Beeline, a tech platform that connects businesses to talent in the global extended workforce. They dive into how companies have the power to move the needle on equality, the impact of the pandemic on the gig economy, how companies can create safe spaces for inclusion for all employees—not just some, and why we’re in the middle of a workplace revolution as well as how to adapt. Listen to the full conversation here,
August 31, 2021
The CEO of Capacity 2 Care on The Neuroscience of Compassion
The Dalai Lama, one of the most respectable Buddhist preachers, stated, “Individual acts of compassion and kindness have the power to spread harmony in the entire world.” Studies support that acts of compassion—such as expressing elements of empathy, love, and care to ease the concerns of others and sharing in their suffering—benefits us in both our professional and personal lives. Positive social interactions among workers are more likely to occur in workplaces that promote compassion. It has been shown that positive social interactions are good for employee health, for instance, by lowering your heart rate and blood pressure, and strengthening the immune system. The research also suggests that compassion is an essential aspect of a productive work environment, since employees experience reduced stress and more job satisfaction. Additionally, workplace compassion encourages more loyalty, dedication, and employee engagement. In this episode of Breaking the Bias, Consciously Unbiased founder Ashish Kaushal (virtually) sits down with Misty Huckabey, CEO & Founder of Capacity 2 Care and Consciously Unbiased facilitator, for an unplugged conversation about the link between mindfulness and compassion, and the role this link plays in the human brain and the work environment. Misty also shares some mindfulness practices that we can do to cultivate compassion so that we can be there for others, simply by ‘spreading ripples of kindness.’
August 11, 2021
Founder & CEO of C Talent on Overcoming Ableism in Hollywood
Although the people with disabilities comprise the largest minority community in the world (1 in 4 U.S. adults live with a disability), it remains one of the most underrepresented and underserved communities. In fact, according to a report funded by the Ford Foundation, people with disabilities are greatly lacking in representation both on screen and behind the camera. Only 2.7 percent of characters in the 100 highest-earning movies of 2016 were depicted with a disability, and among regular characters on primetime TV in the 2018-2019 season, only 2.1 percent had disabilities. In this episode of Breaking the Bias, Consciously Unbiased founder Ashish Kaushal (virtually) sits down with Keely Cat-Wells, Founder & CEO of C Talent and Born This Way Foundation (BTWF) Advisory Board Member, for an unplugged conversation about the powerful role the media can play in positively representing, educating, and amplifying the voices of disabled people. Keely also shares how we can build belonging for people with disabilities by recognizing the diversity of their lived experiences, and addressing the current legal and systemic frameworks that contribute to a lack of disability representation and accessibility.
August 04, 2021
Stacy London On Menopause, Ageism & Self Love
If there is one thing that we all have in common, it’s that we are all aging. For women, aging may be accompanied by grief or a loss of identity because women’s value in our culture has for too long been tied to youth and fertility. Other natural life phases that may coincide with aging for women is the still-taboo topic of menopause, whose symptoms may be either ignored or doubted—contributing to shame and stigma. (Menopause can also be triggered by a variety of other factors separate from age, from chemotherapy to gender transitions). Additionally, communities of color are not only faced with a racial disparity in access to health coverage and health outcomes, but may also reach menopause earlier and may experience more intense symptoms as compared to white women. So how can we address the societal systemic issues concerning aging and menopause for all women, not just white women? In this episode of Breaking the Bias, Kiran Rai, co-founder and creative director for Consciously Unbiased, (virtually) sits down with Stacy London, the former TV co-host of “What Not To Wear” and now the CEO of State of Menopause, for an unplugged conversation about why we, as a society, need to change the narrative around placing so much of women's value on youth and fertility. Stacy also offers insights about how women in middle age and beyond can step into their wisdom and power, and reframe this life stage as an opportunity for a rebirth.
July 21, 2021
A DEI Leader on Why Belonging Matters For All Workers, Not Just Some
The gig economy has continued to pick up speed during the pandemic, growing 33% in the last year. This is a continuation of a trend we’ve seen over the past few years, where there has been a growing number of contingent workers (temporary workers who work on a contract or project basis or any worker who is not employed in a traditional full-time role). According to a U.S. Census Bureau report, there are roughly 5.9 million contingent workers and they represent nearly 4% of U.S. employment. Feeling valued for your efforts and contributions at work has been shown to boost engagement and productivity and lead to a more positive workplace culture. When an individual is part of the contingent workforce, it’s harder for leaders to make them feel a part of their full-time employee group. So how can leaders ensure that all of their workers feel valued, engaged, and included and not just some? In this episode of Breaking the Bias, Consciously Unbiased founder Ashish Kaushal (virtually) sits down with Rebecca Perrault, a TEDx speaker and Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion leader at PRO Unlimited, for an unplugged conversation about how important it is for business leaders to build a sense of inclusion and belonging for all, especially for contingent workers; and why advancing diversity & inclusion for this segment of workers is beneficial for workplace culture overall. Rebecca also shares how leaders can better address their biases and measure diversity at the macro level in order to make a positive social impact and create meaningful change.
June 29, 2021
Pride: A Story of Coming Out & Self Acceptance
The Pride movement has raised visibility for humans' right to love and identify in a way that is authentic with who they are. In this episode of Breaking the Bias, Consciously Unbiased founder Ashish Kaushal (virtually) sits down with Wen Stenger, an Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Consultant, for an unplugged conversation about Wen’s journey of coming out in her 40s as the mom of three boys, and how growing up in a Christian family in the South influenced the way she raised her children. They also cover the difference between gender identity and sexuality; the intersectionality of the Pride movement; and how LGBTQ+ peoples’ race, religion, and family upbringing may act as barriers for finding acceptance and reaching equality.
June 23, 2021
Mixed: Being Multiracial in America
National Loving Day happens on June 12, and celebrates the anniversary of the historic 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision Loving vs. Virginia. This was the ruling that struck down all state laws against interracial marriage in the United States. Until that time, it remained illegal for one person to marry another person if they were of a different race in 17 States across America. Today multiracial Americans are growing at a rate of three times faster than the population as a whole, according to the Pew Research Center. In this episode of Breaking the Bias, Holly Corbett, director of Content for Consciously Unbiased, spoke to some multiracial Americans on their experiences of growing up “mixed,” and their hopes for the next generation. What you’ll hear is a snapshot of a personal story, and, while not representative of all people of mixed race backgrounds as each person's story is unique, is a small collection of first-person accounts of growing up multiracial in America. The stories you’ll hear include: • One woman on her experiences growing up in South Carolina with parents in an interracial marriage. • A mixed race, Native American founder, who shares how she learned to deny her heritage as a child, and her journey to finally embracing it. • An African Filipino American man on digging into the history of who you are. • A mother of two and Chinese-German first generation American on her hopes for her children as we’ve seen a rise in anti-Asian discrimination during Covid.
June 10, 2021
The Founder of MomWarrior On Overcoming The Motherhood Penalty
During the pandemic, we have seen more of what our co-workers need to balance their home responsibilities in addition to their work responsibilities. Families across the country are facing a childcare crisis, but parents/guardians of color, especially mothers of color, have been grappling with the lack of affordable child care and lack of support for working families. In fact, Black (71%) and Latina (41%) mothers work at higher rates than white mothers. Additionally, mothers of color are more likely to be the primary economic supporters for their families than white mothers, and disproportionately work in low-wage jobs with nonstandard hours and inconsistent schedules, which make it challenging for them to stay in the workforce. In this episode of Breaking the Bias, Holly Corbett, Director of Content for Consciously Unbiased (virtually) sits down with Tet Salva, founder of MomWarrior, for a unplugged conversation about why we need to implement policies that allow more opportunity, access, and mentorship to caregivers of color. Tet uses her voice as a woman of color, an immigrant, and a mother of four to amplify other caregivers of all life stages in the workplace, and offers advice on how leaders can step in to ensure that all employees can thrive at work and at home.
May 19, 2021
The Author of "The Cure for Stupidity" On Radical Curiosity
In these polarizing times, communicating with others who hold opposing views can be a challenge. Yet, we can engage others with more mutual understanding and respect if we develop our openness- a willingness to listen, receive feedback, and look for commonalities in opposing viewpoints. Being more open-minded is important, especially at work, because it helps us improve our interpersonal skills. Studies have also shown that this dimension of emotional intelligence allows us to be focused, innovative, and enhances our working memory. In this episode of Breaking the Bias, Consciously Unbiased founder Ashish Kaushal (virtually) sits down with Eric Bailey, author of The Cure for Stupidity: Using Brain Science to Explain Irrational Behavior at Work and President of Bailey Strategic Innovation Group, for an unplugged conversation about how we can develop our openness and follow principles that are rooted in psychology and neuroscience to help us communicate, lead, and collaborate more effectively. Eric also informs us that once we educate ourselves about why we express certain feelings when we have disagreements, we will be able to engage with others with more empathy and impact.
May 05, 2021
The Author of “Mindfulness Without The Bells And Beads” On Building Resilience
If there is anything the pandemic has shown us all, it is that life can be demanding and change is inevitable. However, there is a way we can navigate with more resilience and less pressure. By improving our mindfulness, we can reduce our stress and become more focused. Most importantly, practicing mindfulness allows us to pay closer attention to our emotions and thoughts so that we can see them more clearly without making so many assumptions and judgements. In this episode of Breaking the Bias, Consciously Unbiased founder Ashish Kaushal (virtually) sits down with Clif Smith, author of Mindfulness Without the Bells and Beads, for an unplugged conversation about mindfulness and how the practice can help us build stronger and healthier relationships, help us handle complex or rapidly-changing situations, and promote more inclusive workplaces. Clif also informs us about the relationship between mindfulness and meditation and specific techniques for practicing both. Their conversation covers: Learning how to focus our attention on the present moment Becoming aware of our negative thoughts and judgements so that we can continue to strive for our goals Breaking down the common misconceptions about mindfulness, and much more
April 21, 2021
A Movement Maker on the Power of the Pack
Our social networks give us a special power, especially when it comes to professional advancement. A Harvard Business Review study reveals that people of all sexes and genders benefit from having a close inner circle composed of supportive and successful people. But, the research also shows that women are more likely to reach the highest levels of leadership and pay in their professions if they surround themselves with an inner circle of female contacts. In this episode of Breaking the Bias, Consciously Unbiased founder Ashish Kaushal (virtually) sits down with Shelley Zalis, CEO of The Female Quotient, for an unplugged conversation about bringing more diversity to the table by building our courage to speak up and speak out together, because that is how we can make a real impact. Shelley also offers advice to women who are rising up in traditionally male-dominated industries by emphasizing the strength in collectively using their differences to break down the barriers to gender equality. In this conversation, they dig into: Why women who support other women are more successful and the power of the pack How to be courageous in the workplace by standing up and standing out Embracing who we are by owning our differences and imperfections Why we need to remove the term “work-life balance” from our lexicon How to close the gender pay gap, and much more.
April 07, 2021
The Author of “Use Your Difference to Make a Difference” on the Art of Diplomacy
On this episode of “Breaking the Bias,” Ashish Kaushal, founder of Consciously Unbiased, has an unplugged conversation with Tayo Rockson, CEO of UYD Management and author of Use Your Difference to Make a Difference. Tayo shares his idea of the art of diplomacy by highlighting the need for improving our cross-cultural competency and self-awareness in our professional/personal lives so that there is a greater sense of inclusion, belonging, and acceptance. Their conversation covers: Ways to connect with people who may be different from yourself How to identify our biases, triggers and values How to name our five core values The importance of living an intentional life, and much more.
March 24, 2021
A Leading Mental Health Expert on the Power of Self Awareness
Self awareness is the practice of knowing yourself. The research consistently shows that people who master self awareness are more creative, build stronger relationships, and are more effective leaders and communicators. It’s also good for business: Companies with strong financial performance tend to have employees with higher levels of self-awareness than poorly performing companies, according to Korn Ferry International. So how can we improve our self-awareness so that we are able to build stronger relationships and become more productive at home and at work? In this episode of Breaking the Bias, Consciously Unbiased founder Ashish Kaushal (virtually) sits down with Dr. Lanail Plummer, CEO of Onyx Therapy Group, for an unplugged conversation about how self-awareness is an essential skill for building your EQ, and contributes to building more inclusive workplace environments. Dr. Plummer also offers insight into better managing mental health during the pandemic and why we need to reframe productivity.
February 25, 2021
Reshma Saujani, CEO of Girls Who Code, On Why We Need a Marshall Plan For Moms
Are we going backwards on gender equality in the Covid economy? Four times as many women as men dropped out of the labor force during the pandemic, which is roughly 865,000 women, compared with 216,000 men. In fact, one in four women are considering downshifting their careers or leaving the workforce due to COVID-19. Years of gradual advancement of gender equality and gender diversity in the workplace may be at risk as the pandemic continues to push women out of the workforce. In this episode of Breaking the Bias, Holly Corbett, the Director of Content for Consciously Unbiased, (virtually) sits down with Reshma Saujani, CEO of Girls Who Code, and author of Brave, Not Perfect. Reshma proposed the solution that we should treat mothers as essential workers and pay them for their labor in an open letter in the New York Times, calling on the Biden Administration to build a task force dedicated to creating a "Marshall Plan for Moms." The letter was signed by 50 women, including Tarana Burke, Eva Longoria, Amy Schumer, and Whitney Wolfe Herd. Reshma shares some reasons why women are leaving work at higher rates than men, as well as a solution for bringing women back to work.
February 04, 2021
The Author Of “Fair Play” On Why Women Are Being Forced Out of the Workforce
It’s 2020, and the majority of caregiving duties continue to land on women’s shoulders. This is being magnified during the pandemic, and we may be going backwards when it comes to gender equality. Out of the 1.1 million people who left the workforce in September, roughly 865,000 were women. Latinas and Black women are leaving at higher rates than white women. How can we help ensure a generation of women don’t make a mass exodus from the workforce? In this episode of Breaking the Bias, Holly Corbett, the Director of Content for Consciously Unbiased, (virtually) sits down with Eve Rodsky, Harvard-trained lawyer, founder of the Philanthropy Advisory Group, and author of Fair Play: A Game-Changing Solution for When You Have To Much To Do (And More Life to Live). Eve is working to change society one marriage at a time by coming up with a new 21st-century solution to an age-old problem: women bearing the brunt of child rearing and domestic life responsibilities, regardless of whether they work outside the home. They discuss what inspired Eve to do this work, why the home is ground zero for creating the culture shift needed to advance gender equality, how to frame tough conversations with your partner, and much more.
December 15, 2020
Special Report: Why Inclusion at Work Matters More Than Ever
Over the last few months, the world has changed, and with it there has been an even greater realization that diversity and inclusion (D&I) efforts are important for all workers, not just some. To help companies achieve their diversity and inclusions goals across their entire workforce, both for full time employees and contingent workers, we’ve released a new report, "The Future of Diversity & Inclusion in the Contingent Workforce," from HireTalent & Consciously Unbiased, powered by SIA. In the survey, nearly two-thirds (64%) of HR, procurement and other workforce professionals surveyed believe D&I efforts for their employed workforce are a priority, while only a quarter (26%) believe so for contingent. Meanwhile, given the current cultural shift due to recent social unrest, 63% of respondents expect contingent D&I to become a higher priority in the future. On this episode of “Breaking the Bias,” Ashish Kaushal, founder, Consciously Unbiased, have an unplugged conversation with the researchers behind the report, Terri Gallagher, President/CEO, Gallagher and Consultants, and John Schroeder, Principal, Nova Foresight, to hear their lessons learned during the research.
December 08, 2020
Creating More Inclusive Workplaces For People With Disabilities
When workplaces are inclusive for all people, everyone wins. It was recently the 75th anniversary of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, which celebrates workers with disabilities and highlights the importance of inclusive hiring practices. It has also been 30 years since the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination for people with disabilities. Consciously Unbiased founder Ashish Kaushal spoke to Zakiya Mabery, CEO of B. Global Diversity & Inclusion Strategic Planning and author of The Complete Guide to Diversity and Inclusion in the age of Covid-19, for an unplugged conversation about how Zakiya has been impacted by intersectionality as a Black woman with multiple disabilities. They also discussed why you have to be your own best advocate and never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something, what companies can do to better support employees with disabilities, and much more.
November 10, 2020
A Life Coach on Masculinity & Finding Strength in Vulnerability
There is strength in vulnerability. Many men in our culture have been taught to associate showing emotions with being weak. For example, more than one-third of boys think society expects them to be strong and tough, “be a man,” and “suck it up,” according to a survey by Plan International USA. It’s time to change that. In this episode of Breaking the Bias, Consciously Unbiased founder Ashish Kaushal sits down with Pervis Taylor, award-winning life coach, & author of “Surthrival Mode” for an unplugged conversation about the need to redefine masculinity and finding strength in vulnerability; normalizing mental health in the workplace; why leaders who act with empathy will have more productive employees, and much more.
October 09, 2020
The Author of "Career Mapping" On Hiring In The New World
How are hiring practices evolving, given the public health crisis, shift to a more remote workforce, and protests about racial injustice? In this episode of the Breaking the Bias podcast, Consciously Unbiased founder Ashish Kaushal sat down with Virginia “Ginny” Clarke, Director, Leadership Staffing at Google & author of “Career Mapping,” to find the answer to this question. Ginny has been a college recruiter, executive recruiter and a woman who broke through to the executive ranks in two male-dominated industries. In this unplugged conversation, they touch upon everything from what needs to happen when hiring to help build true equity; why it’s okay if your career path is not linear; how to overcome imposter syndrome; how to talk about race in the workplace, and much more.
August 27, 2020
Special Pride Month Episode: Stories of Belonging
June is Pride Month. A catalyst for the LGBTQIA+ Rights Movement happened on June 28, 1969 when police raided a gay bar in New York City, sparking the Stone Wall Riots that were largely led by LGBTQIA+ people of color. That incident ignited protests around the country in the push for equal rights. Today in 2020 protests are again sweeping the nation, prompted by the death of George Floyd and others, and accelerating the Black Lives Matter Movement. The intersectionality of the Black Lives Matter Movement and the LGBTQIA+ Rights Movement is as clear now as ever. In this episode of Breaking the Bias, you’ll hear from a number of voices on what Pride Month means to them personally, and why we must continue the fight for equality for all. The voices you’ll hear include: • A gay Boomer on how he benefited from white privilege by not coming out until later in life • A Brooklyn-raised, Costa Rican immigrant and LGBTQ educator on why there are so many letters • A Black, gay, non-binary Broadway actor on how we can all be activists • A millienial on leaving his dream job after speaking up for a transgendered employee • But first, we will hear from the mother of two gay sons on her hopes for their future. Here are their stories.
June 19, 2020
A Financial Commentator On Why The Wealth Gap Is Widening
We’re in the middle of a pandemic and a recession, and women and people of color may be among the hardest hit. In this episode of Breaking the Bias, Holly Corbett, Director of Content at Consciously Unbiased, speaks to Jennifer Streaks, financial commentator, news personality and personal finance contributor for CNBC. Jennifer shares candid advice on the money moves we should all be making during this unprecedented time; how the wealth gap is widening even more between whites and people of color; why she thinks reopening businesses right now is a big mistake, and much more.
May 21, 2020
Author of "The Fix" On Why It’s Not You, It’s Your Workplace
Biases surrounding gender inequality are being pushed to the forefront amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As employees work from home and may have to manage domestic and work responsibilities, or grapple with isolation or illnesses, leaders are being called to reexamine how they practice inclusion. In this episode of Breaking the Bias, Holly Corbett, Director of Content at Consciously Unbiased, interviews Michelle Penelope King, gender equality expert, Director of Inclusion at Netflix and author of The Fix: Overcome the Invisible Barriers That Are Holding Women Back at Work. Michelle shares how the coronavirus has forced us to confront the many ways in which the workplace does not value differences and the many ways we don’t see the whole person. Michelle sheds a light on the invisible barriers that women face and how, for many women, their work environment is hardwired to overlook them. Michelle also describes her realization that men in the workplace are also held back by inequality, and she offers real-world tips on how companies can create work environments that work for everyone.
May 06, 2020
Special Episode: How To Stay Centered in Uncertain Times
We’re experiencing a loss of our normal routines and, for many of us, our normal ways to connect, as well as uncertainty about the future. This can lead to feeling heightened emotions—and we’re experiencing this on a collective level. But identifying exactly what we are feeling and knowing how to process those mix of feelings may not always be easy—especially during this time when many of us are confined to our homes. Part of what we do at Consciously Unbiased is to connect the heart and the mind to spark habit-building and change behavior. Though our society puts a lot of emphasis on the mind and thinking part, we’re not always taught how to check in with and connect to our hearts. In this special episode of Breaking the Bias, Director of Content Holly Corbett speaks to Breakthrough Coach and Business Consultant Tosca DiMatteo for advice on how to deal with uncertainty during these uncertain times, and tune into your heart as well as your mind. Tosca shares why ignoring or bottling up our emotions means they’ll likely come out in unhealthy ways, and walks us through strategies to help us better recognize what we’re feeling, process those feelings, and ground ourselves. Doing so can make us better leaders, employees, partners—and just more calm overall. Listen to the episode here for the candid conversation or read below for some of Tosca’s tips. *NOTE: This podcast is for informational purposes only and is not meant to take the place of professional mental health advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please see the show notes at the end for the Mental Health America Hotline and Crisis Text Line.
April 30, 2020
Special Episode: How Neurodiversity Makes the Workplace Better
At Consciously Unbiased we believe we are all different; we all belong. Our differences can also be our greatest strengths. Not everyone has strengths that can check a box during the interview process. April is World Autism Month. In this special episode of Breaking the Bias, Director of Content Holly Corbett interviewed different voices who advocate for neurodiversity, which is the idea that neurological differences, such as autism, dyslexia and ADHD, are a natural variation in the human population, and that neurodiverse people bring unique strengths to the workplace and the world. With approximately 1% of the global population on the autism spectrum alone, for example, companies who ignore this talent pool are missing out. There are benefits to hiring people with cognitive differences. There is strength in building teams where everyone doesn’t think the same, and some neurodiverse people may excel in areas such as pattern recognition and attention to detail as compared with neurotypical people. That’s why many companies—including SAP, EY, and Microsoft—are revising their HR programs to attract and retain neurodiverse talent. In this episode you’ll hear from Dr. Stephen Shore, who was diagnosed with autism as a child and recommended to be institutionalized. Today Dr. Shore is a professor at Adelphi University and travels the world speaking to audiences about self-advocacy for those on the spectrum. He is also the author of more than five books. You'll also hear from Hiren Shukla, founder of EY’s NeuroDiversity Center of Excellence; Gena Mann, co-founder of Wolf + Friends, an app that is like a meet-up for the parents of kids with special needs, as well as other voices.
April 23, 2020
A Leadership Coach On Why It’s Okay To Let Go of Being Productive Right Now
Kay Fabella is many things: a leadership coach, diversity and inclusion consultant, podcast host, storyteller, and entrepreneur. Kay is also a first-generation Filipina-American living in Madrid, Spain. She is the author of Rewrite Your Story, in which she shares her personal experience with burnout and depression. In this episode of Breaking the Bias, Kay talks about how no one realized—until moms and dads started turning into human jungle gyms on Zoom calls—how important it is for people to have real conversations about caregiving duties. She also shares why it’s okay to give ourselves permission to not be productive right now, and offers advice on how to care for your mental health during quarantine and beyond.
April 15, 2020
A Diversity & Inclusion Reporter On What Employees Need During the COVID Crisis
The coronavirus pandemic may be the most unpredictable crisis we’ve ever collectively experienced. While there is no playbook for companies on how to manage amidst such uncertainty, those who let their diversity and inclusion initiatives fall to the wayside may be less likely to survive. Employees are organizations’ greatest resource. On this episode of Breaking the Bias, Ruth Umoh, diversity and inclusion editor at Forbes Media, shares how businesses can best support their workers during these unprecedented times, and help retain loyal employees of all backgrounds in order to truly shine.
April 09, 2020
A Visual Storyteller on How Viral Videos Can Combat Racism
Cut is known for its viral videos that challenge stereotypes and uncover biases. From asking black men ages five to 50 to say one word that they associate with “police” on camera, to asking guessers to name which kind of “Asian” people are in a lineup, co-founder Michael Gaston is proving that simple questions have the gravity to shift hearts and minds when they go viral. Consciously Unbiased co-founder Ashish Kaushal sat down with Michael in Seattle just before the coronavirus swept through the States. In this very real conversation, Michael shares everything from why traditional diversity training does not work, to what it was like growing up as a mixed race kid.
April 01, 2020
An Entrepreneur On Tapping Into The Power of Community to Fuel Women’s Success
Networks are of course key to success for both genders, but research by the Harvard Business Review finds that women with a close inner circle of other women are more successful, while there was no link found for men’s success in terms of the gender composition of their inner circles. One female entrepreneur, Gesche Haas, understands that women who help other women go further. She created Dreamers//Doers, a women-only social networking platform to tap into the power of community. The community is made up largely of female entrepreneurs, and is working to level the gender playing field. This Women’s History Month Consciously Unbiased is highlighting impact makers, such as Gesche, who are helping to advance equality. Here is her advice on how to combat gender bias and get us closer to equal.
March 25, 2020
Advice On Being Suddenly Remote in the Era of COVID-19 From The Author of "The Gig Mindset"
Research on remote work before COVID-19 found that "burnout goes down, and job satisfaction goes up." For the knowledge workers whose companies have instituted working at home during this public health crisis, it may help normalize flexible working policies and create a new normal. We spoke with Paul Estes, author of the new book The Gig Mindset and editor in chief of Staffing.com. Here is Paul’s advice on how to handle being suddenly remote in the era of COVID-19, why companies need to overcome what he refers to as “location bias” and why we must include remote work in conversations about inclusion.
March 17, 2020
A Music Artist On How To Change the Conversation About Race in America
As you know, February is Black History Month. We don’t think black history should be celebrated for only one month; but should be celebrated every day. At Consciously Unbiased, we’ll be shining a light on the impact makers who are changing the conversation about race in America this month—and all year long. Today we’re talking to K. Credle, business school graduate, former college basketball player, poet, music artist, and CEO of the music record label Credle Entertainment. His debut album, Lone Wolf 2, Part 1, focuses on raising awareness about the mental health crisis in America, particularly among the black community. Here is how he is using his music to create change.
February 12, 2020
A Disability Champion On How To Stop Making Assumptions
There are more than 1 billion people with disabilities around the globe, and they have traditionally been an untapped talent pool. Becky Curran Kekula, motivational speaker and Director of Disability Equality Index (DEI) at Disability:IN, is working to change that. In this episode of Breaking the Bias, Becky shares her experiences in the workplace and living with dwarfism, as well as how she is combating bias and driving inclusion for those with disabilities.
January 30, 2020
A White Male Ally on How to Create Connection in the Workplace
As a white man married to an Indian woman and raising bi-racial children in Boston, Ryan Hayden, partner at PwC, says, “Diversity and inclusion isn't 'an initiative' or some ‘corporate mandate; it's my way of life.” In this episode of Breaking the Bias, Ryan talks about how to create space to have conscious conversations at work and address larger cultural issues surrounding racism, politics and other difficult topics.
January 20, 2020
The Meditating Veteran on Post-Traumatic Growth
In this Conscious Conversation, Tom Voss, author of Where War Ends: A Combat Veteran's 2,700-Mile Journey to Heal, sat down with Consciously Unbiased to discuss his cross-country trek to process the trauma he faced during combat, and to raise awareness about issues impacting veterans. Voss sheds light on how “healing begins when you stop resisting the teachers in your life, no matter their form, and start to get curious,” and why veterans “don’t just go to war to preserve the American way of life, we go to war so civilians don’t have to.” From transforming trauma into power to overcoming bias about vets, tune in to hear the unplugged conversation.
December 26, 2019
A Human Capital Expert on How To Find Your Purpose
Consciously Unbiased sat down with human capital expert Daisy Auger-Dominguez, founder and CEO of Auger-Dominguez Ventures, a consultancy that helps organizations build cultures of greater belonging, to uncover her journey to discovering her true purpose, and how she helps leaders and companies to do the same. Auger-Dominguez shares why self reflection can lead to greater impact not only for yourself, but also for your organization.
December 12, 2019
Innovation Leader Amy Doyle on Amplifying Strengths in Diverse Teams
A Conversation with Amy Doyle, Senior Vice President of Strategic Client Solutions Manpower Group, on how to create a culture of belonging at work, why diversity of thought drives innovation (and how to make that happen), and steps for finding common ground with those who may be different from you.
September 02, 2019
Founder Ashish Kaushal on What It Means to Be Consciously Unbiased
A Conscious Conversation with Ashish Kaushal, CEO of HireTalent and co-founder of Consciously Unbiased; and Akliah Cadeet, founder of Change Cadet, a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) consulting firm.
September 02, 2019