Managing Bias For Equitable Decision Making


Fall 2023


Experiential Learning

September 14 | 2023

[Application Deadline: Aug. 22, 2023]

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Executive Learning and Organizational Change is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®

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Course Overview

This course explores the science behind decision-making to build your skills in making equitable judgments in organizations. You will learn methods and tools to help you and your teams eliminate common biases in decision-making. We will examine potential gaps and vulnerabilities in diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) decision-making processes by exploring how cognitions, emotions, and contexts impact judgments. With a focus on equitable decision-making, this course will build awareness of the ethics and assumptions that often go unquestioned yet remain underlying in organizational practices. The course also highlights the importance of teamwork and how to effectively leverage the diversity, experiences, and insight of your peers to improve critical thinking and decision-making. 

Course Schedule

Friday, Sept. 14, 2023 - 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. CT


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Who Should Attend

  • Mid to senior-level leaders who want to understand the psychological foundations of bias in the workplace.
  • Any leaders, strategists, consultants, or designers who are interested in advancing equity in organizational decision-making.

Questions Will We Answer

  • Why are we biased in our decision-making?
  • What are the psychological foundations of bias in decision-making? Where does it come from?
  • What are some common examples of cognitive biases that affect our judgment?
  • How can I practice identifying and addressing bias in the workplace?

Benefits and Outcomes

By participating in this session, you will learn to:

  1. Explain how emotions, ethics, and cognitive biases impact individual, group, and organizational performance.
  2. Use tools and frameworks to make decisions that are more effective and equitable.
  3. Identify gaps and vulnerabilities in your decision-making, including cognitive bias and automatic judgments.
  4. Build decision-making skills through interactive exercises.
  5. Leverage the diversity, experiences, and insight of others in order to improve team dynamics and decision-making.
  6. Develop an action plan for reducing bias and improving decision-making in your organization.

Earn Continuing Education Credit

  • ELOC is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. This program is valid for 8.25 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP.
  • ELOC is accredited by IACET giving students the opportunity to earn .8 CEUs. This program is valid for .8 IACET CEUs.

Certificate Requirements

  • Attend and participate in all synchronous class sessions
  • Complete all written assignments (individual case and reflection questions).


  • Is this course for internal leaders, external consultants, or both?
    Both! This course will support you in reducing bias and improving decision making whether you are working inside your employer organization or as a third-party consulting partner to an organizational client.
  • Is this course appropriate for members of groups or teams from the same organization to attend together?
    Yes! We have delivered a version of this course to groups of professionals from the same organization and they have found it useful both for individual leadership development and in developing shared language and understanding for use in their work together.
  • If you are interested in a group discount or designing a custom, private session for your organization, please e-mail us at
  • Is this course for professionals working in all sectors?
    Yes! This course is relevant to leaders across sectors, industries, and roles.
  • Is this course only for DEI practitioners?
    No! This course is for any leader, strategist, consultant, or designer who is interested in advancing equity in organizational decision-making.
  • Does this course focus on theory or does it include training for practical application?
    This course shares the foundational science behind decision-making in service of your practical application in organizations. This course will help participants understand the “why” behind “what works,” and equip them with tools to design and implement plans to advance equitable decision-making in your organization.


Samir Desai

Samir Desai is vice president of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and People Strategy for NorthShore University Health System.  In this role, he is responsible for creating an engaging, healthy, inclusive environment for all team members and patients, and embed equity in everything we do.  His team, as part of human resources, drives this through engagement and experience, DE&I, wellbeing, and using analytics to develop high impact talent strategies across the employee experience 

Prior to this, he was the VP for Talent Management and Organization Development, responsible for developing the leadership and skills of NorthShore physicians, nurses, other clinical and administrative staff, leading learning, leadership development, culture, and performance management.

David Uttal

 Dr. David Uttal is a Professor of Psychology and Education at Northwestern University, where he leads a research laboratory of students engaged in a wide range of experimental and observational studies focused on cognitive development. He has authored papers exploring academic achievement in children, including the role of cultural values and parental beliefs across local communities of color and international groups. His research interests include Maps, Symbolic Representation, Informal Learning, & Spatial Thinking in STEM Education.