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Unconscious Bias… at Work

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The Glasshouse Hotel

Swan Point

F91 NCA4 Sligo

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Amidst the considerable and ongoing debate about gender equality and diversity, everyone seems to be talking about unconscious bias - but what is it and why does it have such an impact? Recent studies show that unconscious bias may be responsible for the lack of women in senior leadership positions - while movements such as #WakingTheFeminists have illustrated the lack of opportunity and visibility afforded to women in theatre, significantly attributed to unconscious bias and privilege in decision-making. The reality is… we’re ALL biased, but we can do something about it! Making change happen comes down to disrupting bias in our own thinking, in our workplaces and elsewhere. At the September SWIBN meeting, Olwen will talk about some of the fascinating facets of unconscious bias, how it manifests and can impact on our own ability to decide on facts alone - as well as how it may affect ours, and others’ opportunities. SWIBN members are encouraged to take the Harvard Implicit Association Test (it only takes a few minutes) and can be accessed via this link: https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/

Olwen Dawe is a Consultant and Policy Analyst, with a specific interest in gender equality and diversity, policy and advocacy. With a professional background spanning public and private sector roles in strategic management, Olwen advises organisations on the creation and implementation of policies and strategies that support and nurture diversity – she is also adept at formulating advocacy strategies.

​Olwen is a recent postgraduate student with the Institute of Public Administration at UCD, where she completed a thesis focusing on the effectiveness of advocacy groups in public policy decision-making, with a specific focus on gender equality and LGBT rights, through the prism of the #WakingTheFeminists and Marriage Equality movements. Olwen is currently working with Ireland’s National Theatre, the Abbey Theatre on their gender equality and diversity strategy. A passionate advocate for both gender equality and the role of arts in society, Olwen is a Board member of the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI), Poetry Ireland and CoisCéim Dance Theatre, the inaugural Chair of Network Ireland’s Advisory Council (she was the organisation’s National President in 2015) and Chair of the Policy Research Committee of the National Campaign for the Arts (NCFA).

She is of course (very importantly!) a former Co-Facilitator of SWIBN!

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