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Five Biases That Affect Hiring Decisions and What You Should Do About It


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Five Biases That Affect Hiring Decisions and What You Should Do About It

What We Know, What We’re Learning

Hiring is an incredibly subjective process in which we make quick decisions about candidates based on limited information. The attributes that inform our judgment and decisions-making are shaped by our implicit bias. Implicit bias shapes our professional and social behavior and our decision-making. Even people with the best intentions are influenced by these hidden attitudes, behaving in ways that create hiring disparities. These disparities can be deemed discriminatory, and even unintended discrimination is understood to be the root cause of racial, ethnic, socioeconomic and other inequalities. In this session, Yolanda Butler, Worldwide Industry Services Cybersecurity Officer at Dassault Systemes, will share how to mitigate implicit bias in the hiring process and the benefits of reducing it.


Bridget Finkeldey

Yolanda joined Dassault Systèmes in 2011 as a Senior Project Manager, leading software implementations for Fortune 50 and 100 global corporations. She currently serves as the Dassault Systèmes Worldwide Industry Services Cybersecurity Officer, overseeing cybersecurity strategy and tactical operations for the AMERICAS, EMEAR and ASIA PACIFIC geographies. Prior to joining Dassault Systèmes, Yolanda worked as a Management Consultant leading software, infrastructure and data migration deployments withdiverse teams globally, and has worked in IT for over 24 years. Prior to her corporate IT career, she served in the United States Army and the Illinois Army National Guard with specialized training as a Combat Field Medic and Communications Operator, respectively. She received her undergraduate degree in Management, with a Microbiology minor, from Northwestern University and a Master of Science degree from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. A lifelong learner, she plans to further her education and is currently working towards obtaining a Juris Doctorate degree and advanced Cybersecurity certifications. Yolanda resides in Florida with her wife Regina and youngest son Xavier. She has three sons, one daughter and two granddaughters. She is an avid and devoted meditation practitioner, holistic lifestyle advocate, vegan and yogi who facilitates mindfulness group meditations along with grief counseling and self-improvement workshops on the weekends.

Hunter Canning

Bridget Finkeldey Hunter Canning is a New York based performer, public speaker and events moderator. A conscience citizen of the world, his ethos is bringing people together through all the facets of life. Be it producing live performance or creating corporate recruitment content; Hunter has a passion for bringing people together to foster growth, kindness and a true understanding of each other.

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