Leading Inclusively: Neuroscience for Increased Diversity & Inclusion Within the Workplace

  • Tuesday, February 19, 2019
  • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
  • Portland Country Club - Falmouth, Maine


Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Time: 8:00 – 9:30 AM (doors open at 7:30 AM for networking)
Location: Portland Country Club, 11 Foreside Rd, Falmouth, ME
Register by: Friday noon, February 15, 2019


Leading Inclusively: Neuroscience for Increased

Diversity & Inclusion Within the Workplace

Is your organization reducing implicit bias in the workplace and             facilitating inclusive leadership?



Research shows that diverse companies outperform homogeneous ones. Companies in the top quartile for racial and ethnic diversity are 35 percent more likely to have financial returns above their respective national industry medians (McKinsey, 2015). But there’s a catch. Many companies committed to diversity and inclusion have not seen the gains in financial returns that they might have hoped for. Why? The answer lies in our brain and the way in which unconscious biases thwart efforts made by leaders and teams to create more inclusive workplace environments. Our solution? The Implicit Bias Project’s program: Leading Inclusively.

The Leading Inclusively workshop seminar is an interactive, one-and-half hour introduction to the neurobiology underlying implicit bias in the workplace. Throughout the seminar, attendees will learn the psychology and biology behind what prevents, as well as promotes, diversity and inclusion as well as explore tools to immediately begin to mitigate bias in the here and now.

Learning Goals:

  • Mitigate implicit bias within the workplace and catalyze the potential of inclusive leadership and diverse teamwork.
  • Strengthen and mobilize your organization’s people strategy towards greater efficiency and ultimately, innovation.


Laura Ligouri

Laura Ligouri is the founder and executive director of Mindbridge (mindbridgecenter.org), a nonprofit organization that connects psychological and neurobiological insights to equity, social-justice, human rights, and humanitarian work in the nonprofit, governmental, and educational spheres.

Laura's professional and research interests focuses upon the intersection of neuroscience, human rights. and public engagement. Laura's passion for interdisciplinary and applied neurobiological research emerged as a coordinator and researcher at the Saxelab Social Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at MIT, where the lab’s neurobiological research sought to understand the biological underpinnings of implicit bias, inter-ethnic social conflict, and violence. Her work on inter-ethnic social conflict sought to elucidate the bidirectional and mutual constitution of culture and neurobiological processes that give rise to bias and discrimination. Laura’s research work on this theme has centered on examining the psychosocial mechanisms underlying the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, implicit anti-Roma bias in European Union member states, and the psychological drivers of empowerment among self-help groups established by NGO’s in India seeking to eliminate rural poverty.

Laura has written numerous scientific publications, received grants from the Open Society Foundation, and conducted research in conjunction with the DRAPER Institute, the McGovern Institute, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s Office of Democratic Initiatives and Human Rights, and the Alliance of Civilizations Media Fund. She is also a lecturer in the Neuroscience Program at Bates College in Maine.


Cancellation Policy: A full refund will be issued if the cancellation request is made on or before 5 calendar days before the scheduled program. Please email events@tdmaine.org with your inquiries.

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