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Resources & Activities for the
iLEAD@Work Program

Diversity & Inclusion Resources

1) McKinsey Report: Featured Insights on Diversity & Inclusion
https://www.mckinsey.com/featured-insights/diversity-and-inclusion

2) Catalyst always has great material on their website focused on diversity:
https://www.catalyst.org/

3) Video—Redraw the Balance: This video underlines the need for representation to start to break gender stereotypes associated with various professions and roles.

 

Stereotypes & Bias Resources

1) Video—Debias the System: Iris Bonet

2) Book—Nordell, J. (2021). The End of Bias, A Beginning: The Science and Practice of Overcoming Unconscious Bias. Metropolitan Books Henry Holt and Company: New York, NY.

This is an excellent (and very readable) book!

4) TED Talk: Embracing our “fallibility”
https://www.ted.com/talks/kathryn_schulz_on_being_wrong?language=en

 

Gender Equity Resources

1) Harvard Business School Case Study: Gender Equity. https://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/08/education/harvard-case-study-gender-equity.html

2) Reports on gender equity from World Economic Forum (updated each year):
https://www.weforum.org/reports/global-gender-gap-report-2021/

3) Reports on gender equity from McKinsey (updated each year): https://www.mckinsey.com/featured-insights/diversity-and-inclusion/women-in-the-workplace

4) This book may provide ideas for interventions at the organizational level:
Bonet, I. (2016). What Works: Gender Equity by Design. The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press: Cambridge, Massachusetts.

 

Unintended Consequences & Backlash toward EDIA

1) Video— Diversity training unintended consequences (Backlash):






 

2) Article—Tackle Bias in your Company without making people defensive:
https://hbr.org/2015/03/tackle-bias-in-your-company-without-making-people-defensive
(Note: HBR allows a certain number of free downloads each month. Once you reach that limit you can’t read the articles until the reset next month.)

 

Activities

1) The Stroop Task: Automatic Processing & Bias
 

Go to: https://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/java/ready.html

 

As soon as the words appear on your screen, read the list as fast as you can. When you have finished, click on the "Finish" button. The time it took you to read all of the words will be shown. If you want to try the same set of words, click on the "reload" button of your browser. If you want to continue with the experiment, click on "Continue Experiment."


In the Stroop task, people simply look at color words, such as blue, red, or green. The interesting thing is that the task is to name the color of the ink the words are printed in, while fully ignoring the actual word meaning. It turns out that this quite difficult, and you can find out exactly how difficult this is.

 

 

Debrief:

It is very easy to name the color of the word "black" when it is printed in black (most text is written in black ink). It is also very easy to name the color of the word "red" printed in red ink color. It is difficult, though, when the word and the ink color are different! This extent of this difficulty is what we call the Stroop effect.

 

In Stroop’s words, there is "interference" between the color of the ink and the word meaning. This interference occurs no matter how hard you try, which means that it is uncontrollable with the best conscious effort. It implies that at least part of our information processing occurs automatically. It happens, whether you want it or not! Do you think this is true? If you think it is not true, how can you test this? Could you argue that if you train yourself long enough, you would no longer show the Stroop effect?

 

Link this to who we expect to find in leadership roles and how it can be more challenging to identify leadership skills in those individuals who don’t fit our implicit ideas about what a leader looks like (i.e., white, male).

2) Implicit Association Test:
 

Think you don’t have any implicit biases? Take any one of a number of these tests using the below link … and perhaps think again …

Go to:  https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/canada/takeatest.html