Unconscious bias (or implicit bias) is often defined as "prejudice or unsupported judgments in favor of (or against) one thing, person, or group as compared to another, in a way that is usually considered unfair.” We have all experienced the concept of unconscious bias in the workplace at some point in our career whether we recognized it at the time or not. Many researchers believe unconscious bias will occur as an automatic response of the brain when quick judgments are required. Many unconscious biases in today’s world tend to be exhibited toward minority groups based on factors such as: nationality, class, gender, age, race, ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, and disability.

Leaders may rely on their past experiences as background for discerning on future judgments. When unconscious biases occur in an organization, some people benefit while other people are penalized.

Organization’s must be able to recognize the concepts of unconscious bias and pro-actively develop practices that help the organization move beyond those practices. This will ultimately assist in supporting your DEI program.

Topics Covered

  • The realities of unconscious bias
  • Recognizing your own unconscious bias
  • Combatting unconscious bias

Course Series

This course is included in the following series:

5 CoursesDiversity, Equity and Inclusion Series

  1. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - Understanding the Requirements
  2. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - Building a Strong Culture
  3. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - Unconscious Bias
  4. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - Leadership Skills
  5. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - Building Confidence and Trust
Learning Objectives
  • Recognize unconscious biases.
  • Identify strategies to combat unconscious bias.
  • Discover and describe emotional intelligence and how it can assist in moving beyond unconscious bias.
  • Recognize the concepts of how to listen to and understand the need for employee psychological safety.
  • Recognize how to develop the proper organizational training concepts that can assist in developing the structural dynamics to combat unconscious bias and support a strong DEI program.
Last updated/reviewed: August 27, 2023
3 Reviews (25 ratings)


Anonymous Author
I really enjoyed this course; it helped me to reflect on possible unconscious bias.

Anonymous Author
great course!! defiantly useful in the real world and provides valuable insight.

Member's Profile
In today's world this is such an important subject! The examples were excellent

Course Complexity: Foundational
No advanced preparation or prerequisites are required for this course.
Who Should Attend
Chief Executive Officers, Senior Executive Management, Board Members, Compliance Professionals, Legal Professionals, and Audit professionals.
Education Provider Information
Company: Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
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Course Syllabus
  Introduction to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - Unconscious Bias9:07
  Types of Unconscious Bias21:46
  Strategies to Combat Unconscious Bias18:34
  Listening and Employee Psychological Safety10:37
  Organizational Training20:28
  Training Examples9:24
  Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - Unconscious Bias1:32:52
  Slides: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - Unconscious BiasPDF
  Diversity, Equity and Inclusion - Unconscious Bias Glossary/IndexPDF