#159: Mother, Men and Me with Dawn Smith-Theodore


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Michele is an entrepreneur, best-selling author, and sought-after speaker at conferences around the world. Michele’s wide range of ventures include co-founding BiasSync, a science-based technology company designed to enable organizations to effectively assess and manage unconscious bias in the work environment. She is a trusted advisor to senior executives at Fortune 20 multinational corporations and some of today’s highest profile thought leaders and elected officials. Michele’s passions range from mitigating unconscious bias using scientifically validated methodologies to exploring leading-edge technologies. She is widely recognized and sought out as a subject matter expert in empowerment, entrepreneurship, sophisticated communication strategies, and diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA). In addition to her work with BiasSync, Michele leads Ruiz Strategies, a certified minority-owned (MBE) and woman-owned (WBE) business, headquartered in Los Angeles, California, with operations in Washington, D.C., and Houston, Texas. The firm specializes in change management and DE&I consulting for large corporations and government agencie

We discuss topics including:

  • Understanding DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion)
  • What is DEIA? What is DEIAB? What is DEIAJ?
  • Implicit Bias
  • What is the beauty bias?
  • Examples of unconscious bias?
  • Ableism and disability 
  • Understanding the proximity effect
  • Understanding psychological safety


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