SHRM 2011 Diversity & Inclusion Conference
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Workplace Application: Get an intriguing look into human behavior from the frameworks of cognitive neuroscience and cognitive psychology in order to better understand human diversity and its link to enhancing inclusion and innovation.

This session is recommended for senior and executive D&I practitioners. This session reinvents Diversity & Inclusion for the 21st century. It provides listeners with a “human behavior” framework for understanding how exclusion and intolerance occur with respect to both people and ideas, even with individuals and in organizations that are committed to diversity and inclusion. The session looks at how closed-mindedness takes place and suggests measures you can take to be more open-minded and to entertain new ideas. Learn how to become more flexible, adaptable and agile— necessary attributes for a 21st century world.

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Monday, October 24, 2011 - 3:15pm to 4:30pm

Steve L. Robbins, Ph.D.

Steve L.
Robbins, Ph.D.

A powerful storyteller with a powerful story to tell, Dr. Steve L. Robbins has an uncanny ability to inspire people even in the midst of disrupting and challenging the way they think about the world. Born in Vietnam, Dr. Robbins immigrated with his mother to the United States where they faced many challenges during a time when there was much anti-war and anti-Vietnamese sentiment.

Working through and rising out of the challenges of poverty, discrimination and the tough streets of Los Angeles, Dr. Robbins now brings insightful perspectives on issues of inclusion & innovation, leadership, and the power of caring.  Drawing upon a compelling life journey, his talks and workshops are filled with intriguing stories, laugh-out-loud humor and a keen understanding of human behavior.

Dr. Robbins uniquely knows how to simultaneously challenge and motivate people with a dynamic use of storytelling, humor and extensive knowledge of pertinent issues and concepts. The inclusive power of his message are why organizations like Coca-Cola, Disney, Ford Motor Company, Walmart, Lululemon, Pixar, NASA, The NBA,  Michelin, Bank of America, Mercedes-Benz,  and numerous others call on Dr. Robbins to inspire, educate and prepare their people for the exciting challenges of dynamic and diverse environments.

A thought leader and innovator, Dr. Robbins' unique, science-based approach to inclusion and diversity has captured wide acclaim from numerous audiences and organizations across the the world. His approach does NOT blame or point fingers. It uses neuroscience and the science of human behavior to encourage individuals and organizations to be more open-minded, mindful and intentional about inclusion and valuing people for their unique gifts, abilities and experiences.

Dr. Robbins earned an undergraduate degree in Communication from Calvin College, and his masters and doctorate in Communication Science from Michigan State University.  His background in communication, social-psychology and cognitive neuroscience drives his work with individuals and organizations – the core of the work is about understanding human behavior and leveraging human differences in an ever-changing, fast-paced 21st world.

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