Affinity bias occurs when we gravitate to people like us because it creates a sense of familiarity and comfortableness. Affinity bias is most often at play in the hiring process- when hiring managers implicitly hire in the image of themselves. Affinity bias also has the potential to impact all people management processes including who gets
Researched and written by Leith Mitchell, diversity consulting Director of Mitchell Services, specialising in diversity, inclusion & wellness consulting, and champion of diversity, flexible working and mindfulness This month I had the opportunity to again chair the Women in Leadership conference in Brisbane, showcasing some of Australia’s most successful and highly influential female and male
Have you ever booked a hotel online only to show up and find out that it wasn’t really what you expected? Your perception didn’t really match the reality? Those gorgeous photos on the Internet tuned out to be completely false and that delicious sounding continental breakfast was really just instant coffee and bland, white toast.
As part of AECOM’s Leaders in Infrastructure- Diversity & Inclusion Series, I had the opportunity to interview AECOM’s CEO, Lara Poloni. In this interview, I ask Lara what does Diversity & Inclusion personally mean to you? Watch it here. https://youtu.be/G9dU3HFpNfE AECOM has enlisted partners from across Australia’s infrastructure landscape to launch an event series committed to
This week marks Mitchell Services 1st birthday. Mitchell Services is a start up business; partnering with organisations to cultivate diverse, inclusive and well workplaces. This is what we’ve achieved in under 12 months! 15 new clients* 1 corporate wellness assessment 3 diversity strategies* 7 inclusive leadership workshops* 115 mindfulness/ yoga sessions 1 HR strategy 15
This year I have been a mentee in QUT’s Fostering Executive Women’s Mentoring Program, as part of the Business School alumni. The program matches high-potential, high-performing women in business with industry leaders. I have worked closely with a mentor over the last 6 months to set goals & objectives as well as participation in informal professional education and networking.
On 02 – 03 December 2015, I will be chairing Day 1 of the 3rd Annual Women in Leadership Summit. I had the honour of chairing the forum last year alongside accomplished Brisbane women leaders from varied industries. The Leadership Summit is an interactive 2-day forum designed for leaders, managers and aspiring “next generation” leaders who want to
Originally published in Women’s Agenda http://www.womensagenda.com.au/talking-about/top-stories/queensland-women-in-technology-and-life-sciences-sparkle/201509176280#.Vf5EWF7ov4g Much has been written recently about the lack of women in Australia in Technology & Life Sciences careers, with Australian women comprising less than 20% of the Australian ICT workforce. Structural, cultural, interpersonal and personal barriers all contribute to issues in attracting and retaining women in the male-dominated fields
Most people are generally optimistic about things that have turned out well for them in the past, or about things that have good associations for them. People can be optimistic about their lives and yet pessimistic about external world events. Optimism and pessimism can co-exist in individuals. I consider myself an optimist, but I