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Webinar: How to Overcome Biases
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When: Wednesday, May 20, 2015
1:00 to 2:00 p.m. EDT

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Biases—we’ve all got them, believe it or not. Acknowledging them instead of denying them can help us overcome hurdles and improve our associations, especially when it comes to diversity. Join us as we view a recorded Ted Talk by Vernā Myers, and stick around for a discussion with Mary Loewenguth, Monroe County Executive Director at the next NABE Classroom webinar. Loewenguth will describe her bar’s Diversity Internship Program and as well as other diversity initiatives. There will also be time for a question and answer session so that association employees in all roles can help each other—and their leadership and members—identify bias and improve diversity in bar associations and the legal profession alike.

Speaker Bios

Vernā Myers is a diversity consultant and self-described "recovering lawyer" with a degree from Harvard Law. She leads the Vernā Myers Consulting Group, an organization that has helped break down barriers of race, gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation in thousand-member workplaces. She is also the author of Moving Diversity Forward: How to Go from Well-Meaning to Well-Doing. Myers encourages us to recognize our own biases in order to actively combat them, emphasizing a "low guilt, high responsibility" philosophy. In her work she points to her own inner biases, because, as she says, "People relax when they know the diversity lady has her own issues."

Mary Loewenguth is Executive Director at the Monroe County Bar Association in Rochester, New York. She has held the position for 14 years. The Monroe County Bar Association, originally formed as the Rochester Bar Association, was organized in 1892. What started with just 25 members, has grown to 2,000 law professionals in Monroe County, committed to improving the quality and accessibility of justice; promoting respect for and understanding of the law; enhancing professional growth, fulfillment, excellence, collegiality and diversity among its members; and serving as the voice of the law profession

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