Pre-Con: Interrupting Implicit Bias

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018 8:00 am 12:00 pm $245
$325 non-member

Location: Madison Room, Third Floor

Are you curious to learn more about implicit bias, but perhaps reluctant to raise the topic within your workplace given our current political climate? Could your orchestra or community benefit from heightened awareness of the ways implicit bias affects our relationships and decision-making?

This interactive Pre-Conference session will help participants develop a deeper understanding of the implicit biases we all carry and specific strategies to address them. The facilitator will lead interactive presentations and exercises to raise awareness about where biases come from—essentially, a form of mental shortcut that we all engage in—as well as a discussion of stereotypes each of us has encountered in the way we are viewed by others. Participants will explore scenarios they may encounter in their orchestras and practice engaging in these situations more pro-actively given the unconscious biases that may otherwise influence our actions.


  • Welcome, Introductions, and Overview of the Workshop
  • Opening Exercise: Raising Awareness About Implicit Bias
  • Stereotyping Exercise and Discussion
  • The Implicit Association Test: Learning about Mental Shortcuts
  • Strategies for Counteracting Bias
  • “Interrupting” Bias: Small Group Exercises
  • Concluding Comments, Questions, and Wrap Up

Facilitator: Audrey J. Lee is a Senior Mediator at Boston Law Collaborative, LLP and Executive Director of the BLC Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to providing education and training in all areas of dispute resolution.

This pre-conference seminar is part of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Track.

This seminar is made possible by generous grants from The Joyce Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.