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Addressing Bias through Authentic and Courageous Conversations


September 17, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
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Addressing Bias through Authentic and Courageous Conversations

Program: 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Webinar Via Zoom
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Unconscious bias can lead to many types of undesirable outcomes; in organizations, it can lead to differences in the way we attract, hire, develop, and retain people from underrepresented groups. Even when these differences are subtle—and sometimes especially so—they present significant barriers to cultivating a diverse, inclusive organization. Awareness of unconscious bias and active engagement in efforts to reduce bias should be a core component of any organization’s diversity and inclusion strategy.  In this session, participants will:

  • Understand that biases are shaped by our experiences and by cultural norms, allow us to filter information, and make quick decisions
  • Recognize the impact bias can have on others and our organizations
  • How to address bias through authentic and courageous conversations
  • Develop skills and strategies to promote and support an inclusive work environment


Presentation By Marsha McDermott and Monica Guillory

Marsha McDermott serves as the Workplace Inclusion and EEO Compliance Manager for RRD. In this role, Marsha strives to fulfill RRD’s commitment to be “A Place Where Everyone Belongs.”She is passionate about building a great workplace that drives a high-performing, inclusive, and engaging work culture.  During her 17 year career in Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity, she has demonstrated the ability to successfully develop and execute processes and programs at all levels of the organization.  In her current role, she is responsible for driving the company’s diversity and inclusion strategy, creating programs related to diverse talent and career development, and leading the equal employment opportunity and affirmative action program.

Outside of RRD, Marsha serves on the Advisory Board for the Illinois Diversity Council as a co-chair for their Communication Committee and for four years has spearheaded their annual Organizational Business Resource Group Roundtable.  In 2014, she received the honor of Diversity MBA’s Diversity & Inclusion Champion Award and in 2019 received the Illinois Diversity Council’s Volunteer of the Year award


Monica Guillory is Sr. Director HR and Workplace Inclusion for RRD, a $7 billion global, integrated communications provider enabling organizations to create, manage, deliver and optimize their business communications. Her responsibilities include leading Diversity & Inclusion for RRD as well as the Human Resources function for its Logistics platform. Her expertise includes leadership development, diversity & inclusion workplace strategies, culture transformation and motivating teams for sustainable results.  

Monica is a recipient of a Leadership Excellence Award by the National Diversity Council in 2015 and Community Service Pillar Award by the Valley View School District. Monica serves as Vice President of the Board for the IL Diversity Council, Board Member of Empowering Women Network (EWN), D&I Director on the DuPage SHRM Board, and an inaugural Board member for Emerging Life Solutions, Inc (ELS) a non-profit agency working to house and educate homeless youth. She founded an award-winning Corporate Women’s Mentoring Program.  She frequently is invited to speak on topics such as inclusive leadership, workplace culture, engaging employees and building and leveraging social capital.

Monica holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from the University of Houston and is a senior certified Human Resources professional.


2020 Meeting Sponsor: Connor & Gallagher OneSource


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