She also cites Joelle Emerson, Founder and CEO of Paradigm, who gives seminars to teams on fighting unconscious bias. She notes that folks who believe themselves to be the most unbiased, open-minded and meritocratic are actually the most at risk for unconscious bias — precisely because they let their guard down. They don’t actively engage their conscious mind to avoid the pitfalls of going on autopilot. The only way to avoid bias and to stay open to the possibilities of learning, is vigilance.
Via Tony Vengrove