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RADR Meeting: Battling the Influence of Unconscious Biases
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When: Thursday, February 28
8:00 - 10:00am
Where: Genworth
6620 West Broad
Building 4
Richmond, Virginia  23230
United States
Contact: Townley Goldsmith-Ray

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As humans, we harbor hundreds of biases that influence our decisions in ways we don’t even realize. Called unconscious, or cognitive, biases, these create shortcuts for our brain that help us filter information, act fast and recall details. But they can also lead to irrational decisions and undesirable outcomes. And failing to recognize your biases – called the blind spot effect – is a bias in itself. Join us as we assess our individual biases and discuss what to do with this knowledge.


8:00 - 8:15am       Registration/Light Breakfast/Networking

8:15 - 8:30am       Welcome/Introduction

8:30 - 10:00am     Program


Mel Smith, Jr.
Director of Diversity and Inclusion


Mel Smith, Jr. serves as Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Genworth. As Genworth’s chief diversity officer, Mel leads and coordinates efforts to create and sustain a diverse, inclusive and welcoming environment for all Genworth employees including consultants, suppliers and customers. Mel’s goal is make diversity & inclusion Genworth’s way of doing business. His vision is to advance our culture of belonging where open hearts and minds combine to unleash the potential of the brilliant mix of people, in every corner of Genworth.


Since beginning this role he has launched a major “Respect in the Workplace” initiative aimed to arm every employee with the proper tool and information to become a diverse and inclusive community. He has partnered with organizations who are in the forefront of D&I. Reaching out to the major strategic development companies to ensure a comprehensive D&I environment.


Mel has made recruitment, which was once a dotted line, a major component of his strategy. Enlisting resources that have proven success in creating a diverse workforce. His overall goal is strategy is to bake D&I into everything they do at Genworth.

Parking Instructions

  • After turning onto campus from the stoplight at Broad Street, bear left following the sign towards Building 4.
  • Continue around behind the building labeled 6620. Pass parking garage (on left) and drive past Building 4 (very back left corner of Genworth campus).
  • Use entrance on right side of building.
  • Must provide photo ID to security team when entering the building.
  • Members of RSHRM or Genworth team will be on site to help you find your way.

View Parking Map here.


Program has been approved by SHRM for 1.5 PDC towards SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification and approved by HRCI for 1.5 (General) credit towards PHR, SPHY and GPHR recertification.

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