Professor says identifying biases is best way to work through them

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Topeka's largest business organization is working to bring more diversity to local groups.

The Greater Topeka Partnership invited UMKC professor Dr. Susan Wilson to speak about biases and how they affect decision making and team work, especially on business boards.

She says everyone has biases and the best thing to do is identify and work through them, despite how uncomfortable it may be.

"People realize they're not bad people because they have biases," she said. "We all have them but our job is to work on our own biases so that they don't impact our decisions and our judgments and the way that we look at people and interact with them."

The discussion was the group's quarterly meetings. Other speakers included Topeka Mayor Michelle De La Isla, Valeo Behavioral Health CEO Bill Persinger and YWCA of Northeast Kansas CEO Kathleen Marker.