2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

Working With Humans

Sunday, March 15
1:00PM - 1:15PM

Austin Convention Center
Ballroom C
Austin Convention Center

There has been considerable discussion about diversity in Silicon Valley and the tech industry, especially in response to workforce demographics of Facebook, Google, and Twitter. Some people think that the tech industry has real bias and discrimination issues. There are, no doubt, sexist and racist people and behaviors in this, and all industries. But I believe the bulk of the problem lies in the fact that founders, managers and leaders do not understand human behavior, specifically how we come to know and make decisions about other people. There seems to be an idea that if we are without hate and fear, meritocracy is automatic. False. Regardless of our intentions, homophily, stereotypes, bias, labels, attribution errors and other tendencies corrupt our decision making about others. This session will distill actionable insights from multiple fields of study that can be directed toward more accurate talent decisions, evidence based decisions and greater organizational outcomes.


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Joe Gerstandt

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Joe Gerstandt

joe gerstandt brings a new clarity, new perspectives and new practices to organizational diversity and inclusion work. joe has worked with Fortune 500 corporations, small non-profits, and everythin...

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