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Saturday, August 22 • 2:00pm - 2:30pm
How To See Your Own Perception Bias

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Updated Title: "What I Learned About Bias From Crossing the Gender Divide"

Five years ago my career was skyrocketting upwards, but that changed when I brought my gender expression inline with my gender identity. As a result of transitioning, I experienced a shift in bias that no one could have prepared me for -- but it's not what you're thinking. In the two years that followed, I received over 30 rejections for roles and levels that I had previously held. I anticipated that I would run into stereotypes and negative bias, but the most surprising change in bias was internal.

Years of practicing meditation gave me a direct awareness that our perceptions are coloured by our past experiences, but as this body's hormones changed, so too did my own perception of the world! The interplay between memory and sensation, which occurs continually in each of us, is known as "perception bias", and I have some news for you: we're all biased -- and that's OK.  

 What matters is what we do with it.


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Aeva Black

Open Source Program Manager, Microsoft
Aeva Black is a queer geek and an open source technology architect, with a 20-year career leading teams at both startups and Fortune 100 companies. They are presently the Open Source Program Manager for the Azure Confidential Computing team at Microsoft, a delegate to the Confidential... Read More →


Saturday August 22, 2020 2:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
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