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KEYNOTE Deep Diversity® is a robust, practical, and evidence-based framework that is premised on a central question: What if our interactions with people of other backgrounds are influenced by things happening below the radar of awareness, hidden even from ourselves? Research demonstrates that, in spite of good intentions and being fair-minded, our unconscious mind and automatic brain processes frequently favour those most "like us," creating blind spots and hard- to-see discrimination that becomes systemic. As a result, many hard-working people and groups are unable to get ahead in the education system and society at large. In this award-winning1 leadership training that has been road-tested with thousands of people across North America, participants learn how predominant the unconscious mind is in human interactions and how this contributes to micro- inequities and structural discrimination. The Deep Diversity framework explores the unconscious role of four key factors in human interactions: bias, emotions, tribes and power. Both compassionate as well as challenging, this training develops key leadership knowledge and skills to support inclusion and equity within organizations as outlined in the book, Deep Diversity: Overcoming Us vs. Them. SHAKIL CHOUDHURY An award-winning educator and consultant with more than 20 years experience in the field of diversity, equity and inclusion is also the co-founder of Anima Leadership. Shakil has trained senior leaders and worked with high performance teams across sectors to improve their diversity outcomes. Internationally, Shakil has designed and led peace-building projects for communities in conflict, specifically in Europe and South America. His new book Deep Diversity: Overcoming Us vs. Them is a practical, scientific and compassionate approach to tackling systemic discrimination. Written in a Gladwell-meets-racial-justice style, many are calling it a "breakthrough" book on racism and social identity. He lives in Toronto and is currently experiencing his most challenging and rewarding management experience: his two young children teaching him about fatherhood.. Deep Diversity: Uncovering Our Hidden Biases

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