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How to Combat Unconscious Bias

The WAM programme at AHEAD are running a free training webinar aimed at current WAM employers and potential WAM employers.

When:July 8th 2020 from 11.30am - 1.00pm.

The WAM programme is the transition to employment initiative of AHEAD. It offers graduates with disabilities the benefit of a 6 month minimum fully paid and mentored work internships with high profile employers. WAM was established in 2005 and, to date, have placed over 470 graduates with both private and public sector employers. 

Event information

This webinar examines the topic of Unconscious Bias and what we can do to combat it. Unconscious biases are social stereotypes about certain groups of people that individuals form outside their conscious awareness. Unconscious bias happens outside of our control, it occurs automatically and is triggered by our brain making a quick judgement or relying on gut instinct.


Unconscious bias can severely impact our ability to create a diverse organisation and knowing our unintended preferences can help us gather the potential for diversity.

This webinar will examine:

  • What is Unconscious Bias?
  • What unconscious bias do we have when it comes to disability?
  • How to combat this to recruit a diverse talent pool?
  • Top 10 Tips Takeaways

 Speaker Information

Dr. Ashley O'Donoghue - Head of Staff Development in TU Dublin. 

Ashley is a Chartered member of the CIPD and a member of the Academy of Management. Ashley has eighteen years Human Resource Management experience working across both public and private sectors in Human Resource Development and Organisational Change. She holds a PhD in Leadership and Organisation Behaviour and a Masters in Human Resource Strategies from Dublin City University Business School, with a teaching qualification (BA, H.Dip.Ed.) from Maynooth University.

Seònaid Ó Murchadha - Disability Employment Specialist

Founder of Amputee Disability Federation Ireland, Seònaid has been promoting the employment of people with disabilities for many years, regularly contributing pieces across news media, radio and television. With disability management certification from the International Disability Management Standards Council as well as recognition from the Canadian National Institute of Disability Management & Research (NIDMAR), she has worked in HR with the Rehab Group, training and supporting 200 employees with disabilities; as well as with our own AHEAD WAM programme.

She managed the successful pilot initiative, Employer Disability Information, advising employers on the recruitment, management and retention of people with disabilities. Most recently, Seònaid has been working with Dublin City University’s Centre of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion helping organisations to build cultures of inclusion by providing access to the very latest developments in academic research, insights and tools on diversity and inclusion.

WAM Programme manager, Caroline McGrotty, will be chairing the event, and after the presentations there will be time allocated for a Q&A panel.

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