About the Workshop
Over the past half million years, the human brain has evolved to become the most sophisticated and successful survival computer that the planet has ever seen. Containing over 100 billion neurons, each capable of linking into an almost infinite number of synaptic pathways, it is fast, adaptable and efficient. These characteristics have allowed humans to rise to and remain at the top of the planetary food chain. Quite simply, we can out-think any other species known.
At the same time, our brains are far from perfect. Some of the same characteristics that make them so successful actually get in our way as often as they help us. That’s because efficiency and speed often come at the cost of accuracy. Without even realizing it, we take mental shortcuts that often lead us to make inaccurate assessments of the situations and people with whom we deal. Put us in stressful environments, and a whole different array of short cuts, compromises and trade-offs emerge. Welcome to the world of unconscious bias.
Online (Zoom link to provided after registration)
About the Facilitator: TJ McGrath
TJ McGrath is a licensed Attorney and retired Colonel with over two decades experience serving as an Air Force Judge Advocate and more than 15 years public service with both Executive and Legislative Federal Agencies in leadership roles.
She is a master trainer who skillfully recognizes how to prevent issues in the workplace and can tailor training with practical, actionable, and useful guidance. TJ has decades of experience teaching at many levels, from working with junior personnel, to the collegiate level and senior members of the federal government. She has deployed training modules on Ethics, Sexual Harassment, Bystander Intervention, Implicit Bias, Civility, Mindfulness and De-escalation and is certified by the Air Force as a Master Resilience Trainer. With this expertise she can expertly develop and deliver a variety of training based on the individual or the agency’s needs.
TJ is an extraordinarily adept facilitator and enjoys teaming with people from varied backgrounds to meet the needs of the organization. She deftly navigates organizational culture and easily builds rapport with her unique combination of honesty, confidence, and humility. TJ’s experience includes developing personnel policies for affirmative action and transitioning transgender employees. Her easily accessible manner, coupled with a high level of political savvy and business acumen, make her uniquely suited for projects with high levels of complexity or concerning novel issues.
TJ holds a Bachelor of Communication from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and a Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from The John Marshall Law School. She has specialized training in Resiliency, Resolving Workplace Disputes, and Leading Teams.