Women’s Leadership Profile: People seeking to change behaviors driven by unconscious bias

Breaking the Gender Bias Habit®

A research-based workshop proven to change bias-driven behaviors.

The Program

About the Program

Are you biased? The answer is yes, and you’re not alone. If you are human and you breathe, you have developed many biases over the course of your life. As humans, we tend to rely on our biases to sort through the billions of pieces of information we come across each day and make decisions.

Gender bias and discrimination in the workplace has serious consequences; just listen to the news to understand its pervasive and negative impact on both people and business. Although research demonstrates that organizations with the most women leaders consistently outperform those with the least, gender bias persists.

Smith College Executive Education and The Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College, two leading women’s leadership institutions, partner to bring this timely program to those who want to tackle the issue of bias head-on and lead meaningful change in their workplaces and beyond.

During this two-day program, participants gain a deeper understanding of how to identify and combat bias on both an individual and organization level. This program addresses that while acknowledging and being aware of the biases we possess is a good start to achieving and celebrating diversity, it is not enough. Participants learn strategies to challenge and change bias-driven behaviors moving forward.


This program is a collaboration with The Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College, a distinguished leader in higher education, offering a rigorous liberal arts foundation to young women whose curiosity, drive, and exuberance set them apart. Learn more on their website.



The Value

For the Organization

Organizations that compete successfully invest in overcoming the barriers of unconscious and conscious bias. Proven techniques to combat bias, individually and organizationally, have the power to catalyze positive business outcomes, improve company culture, and propel diverse candidates to top roles.

For the Participant

Participants will be immersed in the research and bias behavior best-practices coming out of academia, consultancies, and corporations. They will take away tools to apply immediately for impact and outcomes.



Breaking the Gender Bias Habit® addresses the harmful effects of gender bias across public, private, nonprofit, or government organizations. This program provides a supportive and non-blaming environment to explore personal biases and the impact they have on individual people and workplaces. Participants leave the program with the tools, skills, and resources to take the learning back and be agents of change within their sphere of influence.

Drawing on the most up-to-date research, content area experts deliver dynamic sessions on:

  • The business imperative of understanding and implementing gender diversity and inclusion
  • Implicit gender bias; what it is and how we are all impacted by and responsible for it
  • Breaking the Gender Bias Habit; a workshop proven to reduce the effects of subtle bias on women and improve climate
  • The human cost of gender bias; stories from the front lines
  • The business cost of gender bias; what companies stand to lose
  • Discussions on hiring and recruitment, wage equity, corporate culture, and employee resource groups
  • Action planning; how to turn concepts into behavior and policy change

The goal of this ground-breaking program is to change biased behavior, resulting in more inclusive workplace climates.

Who Attends

Who Should Attend?

Breaking the Bias Habit® is a program for people who work in human resource, talent development, or diversity and inclusion roles. Participants are at the mid-level and come from any and all industries. This program is especially appropriate for any manager who works with and/or supervises women. Gender queer and gender nonconforming attendees are also welcome.


A World Class Faculty

Smith College Executive Education draws its world-class faculty from top institutions, businesses, and consultancies around the globe. The result is a team of educators dedicated to developing the whole leader, covering topics like strategy, innovation, confidence, negotiation, leadership behaviors, health and well-being for leaders, hands-on business simulations, and more.

The Experience

Breaking the Gender Bias Habit® immerses mid-level human resource, talent development, or diversity and inclusion executives in a challenging learning environment designed to change personal behaviors in relation to the topic and experience of gender bias. Participants learn proven techniques to increase their motivation and ability to challenge their own biases.

Research shows that this workshop is effective in increasing behaviors that promote gender equity; a huge step beyond solely building awareness.


Program Dates

2019 Program Dates TBA

Program Fee

$1,500 USD*

*Program fee includes tuition, all program materials, breaks and lunches. Fee does not include travel or hotel accommodations.


Barnard College
New York, NY

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Proficiency in spoken and written English is required.


Space is limited; reserve seats now.

Program Contact

Registration Services Team
Executive Education for Women
Smith College
Northampton, Massachusetts 01063
Phone Number: +1-413-585-2642
Email: leadership@smith.edu