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Program: Network Beyond Bias

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Program Description

Is your professional network as diverse as the workforce and community around you? If not, you could be missing important opportunities for your career and your company. Learn about the challenges we all face in making meaningful connections, the impacts of these missed connections, and how to recognize and overcome them. This session will help you remove the artificial barriers that may be keeping you from your next mentor, star hire, or big customer.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the role unconscious bias plays in everyday decision-making
  • Recognize how you may be engaging in and affected by affinity bias
  • Identify inclusive behaviors and effective networking strategies
  • Assess the breadth and depth of your own professional network

Target Audience

  • Emerging and aspiring leaders
  • Early- to mid-level professionals
  • College students
  • Senior leaders
    (with minor modifications)

On-site Program Options

Minimum session length: 1 hour
Half-day, full-day, and multiple day configurations available. Interactive activities vary to support your organization’s specific goals.

Virtual Program Options

  • 60-minute live webinar
  • 90-minute live webinar
  • 60-minute recorded webinar

Client and Audience Feedback

These are steps anyone can follow to improve their careers. The goals aren't so lofty that people can't actually do them. This is great! You gave me a lot to think about.

Terri G., Insurance industry

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2017-07-14T09:33:13-04:00

Terri G., Insurance industry

These are steps anyone can follow to improve their careers. The goals aren't so lofty that people can't actually do them. This is great! You gave me a lot to think about.

I wanted to reach out and let you know how much I enjoyed meeting you and attending your session at ASAE. Afterward I ran to the conference bookstore and grabbed the last copy of your book! I was sharing with my team that I had attended your session, and they were interested to learn more. When I return to the office, I am expecting to have a robust conversation with some of them. I hope that ASAE invites you again (and said so in my review).  I know that what you are doing is a great service not only to the business world but also to society, especially in the current climate.


Chris Davis

Associate Chief Officer for AOTA Press & Content Strategy

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5.0
2018-08-23T16:49:36-04:00

Chris Davis

Associate Chief Officer for AOTA Press & Content Strategy

I wanted to reach out and let you know how much I enjoyed meeting you and attending your session at ASAE. Afterward I ran to the conference bookstore and grabbed the last copy of your book! I was sharing with my team that I had attended your session, and they were interested to learn more. When I return to the office, I am expecting to have a robust conversation with some of them. I hope that ASAE invites you again (and said so in my review).  I know that what you are doing is a great service not only to the business world but also to society, especially in the current climate.
I participated in one of Amy's Unconscious Bias Webinars and learned a ton. She has a great way to bring down the concepts to make them easy to understand and fun so you're bound to remember them. I still think about round heads vs square heads all the time, it really stuck with me! Excellent webinar. I learned a ton and highly recommend it!

Tony Cañas, Best-selling Author and Co-founder of InsNerds.com (Insurance Industry)

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5.0
2017-07-26T07:57:22-04:00

Tony Cañas, Best-selling Author and Co-founder of InsNerds.com (Insurance Industry)

I participated in one of Amy's Unconscious Bias Webinars and learned a ton. She has a great way to bring down the concepts to make them easy to understand and fun so you're bound to remember them. I still think about round heads vs square heads all the time, it really stuck with me! Excellent webinar. I learned a ton and highly recommend it!
Amy was phenomenal! Her program resonated with our attendees and she knocked it out of the park. We loved that she participated in the conference as well before and after her speech. Not a lot of keynote speakers do that.

Association of Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education (ANTSHE)

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2018-03-19T13:43:44-04:00

Association of Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education (ANTSHE)

ANTSHE 2018
Amy was phenomenal! Her program resonated with our attendees and she knocked it out of the park. We loved that she participated in the conference as well before and after her speech. Not a lot of keynote speakers do that.
Hi Amy,
I just finished watching and listening to the recording of a CPCU Society webinar that I originally missed. I almost did not go back to it because I have been so busy, but I am so glad that I did!

You did an excellent job presenting this topic. I believe that many people are turned off by topics about diversity and inclusion. They somehow feel offended or uncomfortable by them. I have seen, heard and participated in many diversity presentations over the past 15 years and this was honestly one of the best. It was a very interesting way to try to approach the topic. Not only did you do a great job conveying the information, but you were also quite inspiring and an excellent speaker.

All the best to you, Amy, with your company and your career.

Sharon A. King, CPCU, MBA, AIC, ARC | Director of Assessments
The Institutes | Risk and Insurance Knowledge Group

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2017-12-30T09:23:26-05:00

Sharon A. King, CPCU, MBA, AIC, ARC | Director of Assessments
The Institutes | Risk and Insurance Knowledge Group

Find Sharon on LinkedIn

Hi Amy, I just finished watching and listening to the recording of a CPCU Society webinar that I originally missed. I almost did not go back to it because I have been so busy, but I am so glad that I did! You did an excellent job presenting this topic. I believe that many people are turned off by topics about diversity and inclusion. They somehow feel offended or uncomfortable by them. I have seen, heard and participated in many diversity presentations over the past 15 years and this was honestly one of the best. It was a very interesting way to try to approach the topic. Not only did you do a great job conveying the information, but you were also quite inspiring and an excellent speaker. All the best to you, Amy, with your company and your career.
Hello Amy,

I wanted to thank you for the dynamic presentation to the MBA students at Olivet College.
I have written to the program director requesting a note of thanks and/or letter of recommendation on Olivet letterhead. I will certainly provide one personally on Linkedin. And, of course, I will provide the feedback link to the students.

On another note, I am part of the Risk and Insurance Council at ________________ Association. This council is a very diverse group of professionals; definitely part of the movers and shakers in the industry. I'm trying to think how I might introduce you to this group and possibly have you speak/present in a future meeting.

Thank you!

Dr. Hema Chaurasia

Professor, Olivet College MBA Program

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2019-04-16T16:33:34-04:00

Dr. Hema Chaurasia

Professor, Olivet College MBA Program

Hema Chaurasia
Hello Amy, I wanted to thank you for the dynamic presentation to the MBA students at Olivet College. I have written to the program director requesting a note of thanks and/or letter of recommendation on Olivet letterhead. I will certainly provide one personally on Linkedin. And, of course, I will provide the feedback link to the students. On another note, I am part of the Risk and Insurance Council at ________________ Association. This council is a very diverse group of professionals; definitely part of the movers and shakers in the industry. I'm trying to think how I might introduce you to this group and possibly have you speak/present in a future meeting. Thank you!
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Member, Society of Information Management (SIM) Indy

Lead at Any Level
2019-05-15T19:29:15-04:00

Member, Society of Information Management (SIM) Indy

Network Beyond Bias Program

Anne Marie Mourhess

National Sales Manager

Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau

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5.0
2018-03-23T21:46:15-04:00

Anne Marie Mourhess

National Sales Manager

Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau

Amy Waninger’s talk at the Business Insurance’s Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Conference was very informative, especially as a young professional. Her framework for networking was so valuable and I know I will use it throughout my career!

Meghan Donaghue

Postgraduate Student

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5.0
2019-11-22T13:37:37-05:00

Meghan Donaghue

Postgraduate Student

Amy Waninger’s talk at the Business Insurance’s Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Conference was very informative, especially as a young professional. Her framework for networking was so valuable and I know I will use it throughout my career!
I had the absolute privilege in participating in a session led by Amy on the importance of diversity and inclusion within the insurance industry and the importance of building networks. I have attended many conferences tackling similar concepts but haven't ever walked away with as many practical action items. Amy has passion and insight that are clearly displayed throughout her session. I find her to be incredibly approachable and able to respond to the very specific challenges that my team and organization are facing. I would highly recommend Amy if you are looking for an expert who can help your organization embrace diversity and inclusion.

Derek Greenacre

Head of New Underwriter and Operations Training at Beazley

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5.0
2019-11-22T13:36:06-05:00

Derek Greenacre

Head of New Underwriter and Operations Training at Beazley

I had the absolute privilege in participating in a session led by Amy on the importance of diversity and inclusion within the insurance industry and the importance of building networks. I have attended many conferences tackling similar concepts but haven't ever walked away with as many practical action items. Amy has passion and insight that are clearly displayed throughout her session. I find her to be incredibly approachable and able to respond to the very specific challenges that my team and organization are facing. I would highly recommend Amy if you are looking for an expert who can help your organization embrace diversity and inclusion.
I attended Amy's Networking Beyond Bias workshop. Amy has a warm, open demeanor that allows her to engage the audience, while making the attendees feel comfortable participating in the group activities. Her stories and examples were relevant and thought provoking. I greatly enjoyed the presentation and look forward to reading her book.

Corrie Piotrowski, SHRM-CP

Director of Human Resources at Saginaw Valley State University - College of Business and Management

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2019-11-22T13:46:24-05:00

Corrie Piotrowski, SHRM-CP

Director of Human Resources at Saginaw Valley State University - College of Business and Management

I attended Amy's Networking Beyond Bias workshop. Amy has a warm, open demeanor that allows her to engage the audience, while making the attendees feel comfortable participating in the group activities. Her stories and examples were relevant and thought provoking. I greatly enjoyed the presentation and look forward to reading her book.
It was an open and frank discussion on subjects that aren't often discussed not only in a business environment, but not often in our personal lives as well.

Bruce Fisher, CPCU

Marketing and Sales Representative, The Institutes

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Lead at Any Level
4.0
2017-11-26T18:13:59-05:00

Bruce Fisher, CPCU

Marketing and Sales Representative, The Institutes

Find Bruce on LinkedIn

It was an open and frank discussion on subjects that aren't often discussed not only in a business environment, but not often in our personal lives as well.
Amy C. Waninger's "Lead at any Level" presentation on bias was a refreshing and useful presentation that offered many tools I will now use to expand the diversity and impact of my network.

As a career advisor who works largely with a non-traditional student population, it can be a challenge to express the value and importance of actively networking within our technology age.

This presentation offered tools like the CHAMP/IGGNORE model and language that I will rely upon to express that value to my clients, and help them as they grow professionally and personally.

Grace Donahue

Military Career Adviser, Southern New Hampshire University

Find Grace on LinkedIn

Lead at Any Level
5.0
2018-02-03T17:03:54-05:00

Grace Donahue

Military Career Adviser, Southern New Hampshire University

Find Grace on LinkedIn

Amy C. Waninger's "Lead at any Level" presentation on bias was a refreshing and useful presentation that offered many tools I will now use to expand the diversity and impact of my network. As a career advisor who works largely with a non-traditional student population, it can be a challenge to express the value and importance of actively networking within our technology age. This presentation offered tools like the CHAMP/IGGNORE model and language that I will rely upon to express that value to my clients, and help them as they grow professionally and personally.
My association with Amy Waninger has grown from a virtual "cold call" a year ago to a strong and multi-faceted partnership. Today, among her other responsibilities, Amy is a faculty member of NextGen Leaders, an organization I founded that provides leadership development support to LGBTQ professionals. Amy is among the very best of the new generation of expert-consultants in the Diversity & Inclusion and Leadership Development spaces.

Her expertise, her decades' long experience in a Fortune 500 company and her personal commitment to equality and inclusion are a potent combination. Together they create an excellent platform for Amy to exercise her considerable creative talents, whether in front of an audience, coaching an individual, consulting for a management team or writing her next book. That sounds like a lot, and I don't know many people who can effectively pull all of that together in a sustained way.

But Amy is one of the most productive people I have had the pleasure of working with. She believes deeply in what she does, has the wisdom and empathy necessary to meet people where they are and the humility to be approachable and make everyone feel at ease, even as she's helping them dispense with outdated thinking and misperceptions that, while sometimes deeply held, do neither them or anyone else any good.

John Tedstrom, Ph.D.

Founder & CEO at NextGen Leaders, Inc.

Lead at Any Level
5.0
2019-11-22T13:40:02-05:00

John Tedstrom, Ph.D.

Founder & CEO at NextGen Leaders, Inc.

My association with Amy Waninger has grown from a virtual "cold call" a year ago to a strong and multi-faceted partnership. Today, among her other responsibilities, Amy is a faculty member of NextGen Leaders, an organization I founded that provides leadership development support to LGBTQ professionals. Amy is among the very best of the new generation of expert-consultants in the Diversity & Inclusion and Leadership Development spaces. Her expertise, her decades' long experience in a Fortune 500 company and her personal commitment to equality and inclusion are a potent combination. Together they create an excellent platform for Amy to exercise her considerable creative talents, whether in front of an audience, coaching an individual, consulting for a management team or writing her next book. That sounds like a lot, and I don't know many people who can effectively pull all of that together in a sustained way. But Amy is one of the most productive people I have had the pleasure of working with. She believes deeply in what she does, has the wisdom and empathy necessary to meet people where they are and the humility to be approachable and make everyone feel at ease, even as she's helping them dispense with outdated thinking and misperceptions that, while sometimes deeply held, do neither them or anyone else any good.
Good, Well thought out presentation. Engaging. Interesting stats and easy flow.

Glenise Rooks, CPCU

Member, CPCU Society Diversity Committee and Diversity Chair, Tidewater CPCU Chapter

Lead at Any Level
5.0
2017-07-26T08:00:25-04:00

Glenise Rooks, CPCU

Member, CPCU Society Diversity Committee and Diversity Chair, Tidewater CPCU Chapter

Good, Well thought out presentation. Engaging. Interesting stats and easy flow.

Member, SIM Indy

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2019-05-15T19:30:09-04:00

Member, SIM Indy

Amy presented at our first NextGen LA Leadership Lab. During her presentation, she brought so much energy, it had everyone fully engaged! The material that she provided was interesting and informative, and I look forward to utilizing the content! Additionally, I am so excited to read her book, Network Beyond Bias!

Mark Knowles

Senior Accountant at Operation HOPE

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5.0
2019-11-22T13:43:21-05:00

Mark Knowles

Senior Accountant at Operation HOPE

Amy presented at our first NextGen LA Leadership Lab. During her presentation, she brought so much energy, it had everyone fully engaged! The material that she provided was interesting and informative, and I look forward to utilizing the content! Additionally, I am so excited to read her book, Network Beyond Bias!
Amy presented just the right mix of instruction and interactivity to be sure that audience members understood the importance of a diverse workforce and had identified weaknesses our own networks. The assessment tool she introduced in the "Our Brains Are Biased: How to Break Out, Break In, and Break Through" webinar showed me the weaknesses in my own professional network (without making me feel exposed) and highlighted areas for improvement. She created an atmosphere of safety during the session which allowed us to ask potentially-sensitive questions knowing that her response would be professional and kind. This is an especially important session for new professionals to help them build their networks with intention and for those with well-established networks who may not yet realize the bias that they may be unconsciously supporting.

Melissa Heeke, CAE

Membership & Communications Director, Midwest Political Science Association

Find Melissa on LinkedIn

Lead at Any Level
5.0
2017-07-26T08:03:18-04:00

Melissa Heeke, CAE

Membership & Communications Director, Midwest Political Science Association

Find Melissa on LinkedIn

Amy presented just the right mix of instruction and interactivity to be sure that audience members understood the importance of a diverse workforce and had identified weaknesses our own networks. The assessment tool she introduced in the "Our Brains Are Biased: How to Break Out, Break In, and Break Through" webinar showed me the weaknesses in my own professional network (without making me feel exposed) and highlighted areas for improvement. She created an atmosphere of safety during the session which allowed us to ask potentially-sensitive questions knowing that her response would be professional and kind. This is an especially important session for new professionals to help them build their networks with intention and for those with well-established networks who may not yet realize the bias that they may be unconsciously supporting.
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