Workforce/Hiring and Unconscious Bias: Navigating Best Practices After COVID-19


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Registration Fee

Members: Free
Non-members: $49.00

Presented on:

Thursday, May 28, 2020
3 to 4 p.m. (Eastern)


This one-hour webinar will share key foundational information on diversity & inclusion (D&I) and explore how the COVID-19 pandemic may impact businesses’ commitment to D&I and fair hiring practices.

Who Should Attend:

All toy industry stakeholders are invited to participate. The webinar is especially recommended for professionals involved in human resources or talent management.

What You Will Learn:

This webinar will cover foundational D&I information and address the impact COVID-19 may have on businesses’ D&I initiatives and best hiring practices. It will examine how the pandemic and a spread of misinformation during this time of uncertainty can result in a rise in bias in hiring practices and ways companies can help maintain a commitment to diverse and inclusive work environments.


Mitch Brown, senior consultant and facilitator, The Kaleidoscope Group
Brown is a senior consultant and master facilitator at the Kaleidoscope Group, a full-service diversity & inclusion consulting firm headquartered in Chicago, IL. Leveraging nearly a decade of management consulting experience, Brown leads clients with workforce and workplace strategies to create transformation in their organization. Brown has significant experience working with learning and development leaders on developing educational content to enhance the skills and behaviors needed to sustain a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization. He holds a B.S. from Hampton University and a M.B.A. from Vanderbilt University, Owen School of Management. Brown currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.


Bryony Bouyer, senior vice president of diversity and inclusion & multi-cultural strategy, Hasbro
Bouyer leverages her 30-plus years of marketing and consumer products experience to lead Hasbro’s global Diversity and Inclusion strategy. Since assuming, this position in early 2019, Bouyer has led the strategic execution of the company’s performance-based diversity and inclusion goals in order to cultivate a successful and sustainable business for the future.

Gerald A. Fernandez, president and founder, Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance (MFHA)
With over 35 years of experience in the industry, Fernandez has held leadership positions with several well-known companies including The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, Hemenway’s Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar, The Capital Grille and General Mills, where he got his start in diversity and inclusion work.

MFHA is the first organization to bring about a national discussion on diversity management in the hospitality industry.