Exposing Implicit Bias

As we strive to free our workplaces from explicit prejudice, are we addressing the implicit bias that lives deep within our unconscious?

At our April luncheon, John Pepper, retired CEO of Procter & Gamble and honorary Co-Chair of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, will help us see how implicit bias impacts our talent decisions and by extension, our work cultures, putting us on a positive path of understanding.

The Science Behind the Bias

Two decades of scientific research shows us that society is saturated with attitudes and stereotypes about social groups and people. Over time, these feelings and beliefs can become deeply ingrained and make up our implicit bias. In February, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center opened a learning lab dedicated to exploring how these biases affect everyday thoughts and behaviors. Experts from the Freedom Center learning lab will join Mr. Pepper for the April luncheon, helping to reveal the mental blind spots that can compromise our professional and personal decisions.

Meet Our Speaker

John E. Pepper, Jr., Retired Chairman and CEO, The Procter & Gamble Company

John Pepper spent a 40-year career in various positions at Procter & Gamble, including Chief Executive Officer and Chairman from 1995 – 1999 and Chairman of the Board from 2000 – 2002.  He served as Director of Procter & Gamble from 1984 – 2003 and President from 1986 – 1995.

Currently, he serves as Honorary Co-Chairman of the Board of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and was CEO from January 2006 – May 2007.  Mr. Pepper served as Chairman of the Board of the Walt Disney Company from January 2007 through March 2012 and had served as a member of its board since January 2006.  He also served as Vice President of Finance and Administration at Yale University from January 2004 to December 2005.

A native of Pottsville, Pennsylvania, Mr. Pepper holds honorary doctorate degrees from Yale University, Xavier University, Mount St. Joseph College, St. Petersburg University (Russia), the Ohio State University, the University of Cincinnati and St. Joseph’s University.

If You Go

When: April 6, 2017, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
What: Keynote address
Attire: Business casual
Location:  Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road, Cincinnati, OH
Who should come: Goering Center Core Members, Associate Members, Corporate Partners and anyone interested in the subject matter. Open to the public.
*Cost: Members: $39; Non-Members: $99; (*After March 30, 2017 Price is $49 for members and $109 for non-members)


Thank you to our Corporate Partner Sponsors: Graydon, KeyBank and Mellott & Mellott.