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IASB Diversity & Inclusion Series: Breaking Through Bias in the Speakers Bureau Industry
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When: September 29, 2020
12-1PM Pacific
Where: Virtual Event Experience
United States
Andie Kramer and Al Harris

Phone: +1 480-839-1423

Registration Information
Online registration is available until: 9/29/2020

This event is open to any owner or employee of an IASB Member entity - you will be prompted to login after clicking the Register link above.  Each participant will need to register separately.   If you are a Member but do not have a login (or have forgotten it), kindly send us an email ( so we can create one (or reset it) for you.  Not sure if your company is a member? Click here to search our member directory.


Diversity & Inclusion Series

Speakers Bureaus and Agencies have an influential role in fostering diversity and championing inclusion in the meetings and events industry through the speaker and content procurement process.  In this new series, IASB is inviting thought-leaders and subject matter experts to share strategies, tips and methods for ISAB Members to not only nurture an inclusive environment in their own companies but also assist meeting sand events clients with achieving their diversity goals.  Content for the series will be delivered via several channels including our eLearning platform, moderated member discussions and our Resources section. 


Breaking Through Bias in the Speakers Bureau Industry

IASB has invited Bias experts Andie Kramer and Al Harris to deliver a timely, highly pragmatic program specifically for members on how to recognize and overcome bias in our profession and industry and influence diversity and inclusion.   They will address two different but related issues: first, assuring that our own organizations are free from the discriminatory effects of bias in our employment, promotion, and compensation decisions, and second, that we are presenting our clients with speaking candidates without regard to gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or age.

For your own organization, in this program, Andie and Al will:

  • Provide essential, recognizable information for understanding the nature and manifestations of implicit bias.
  • Offer specific practices and procedures that will help you and your employees combat the discriminatory consequences of bias to be sure you are not unintentionally fostering biased employment practices.
  • Outline benchmarks you can use to assess the inclusiveness of your organization and the diversity goals you should point towards going forward.

To ensure you are presenting a diverse roster of speakers to clients, Andie and Al will:

  • Set out the business case for attracting and presenting a truly diverse range of speakers to your clients.
  • Provide effective tips for assessing speakers who have highly relevant perspectives but who may not fit the expected gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or age assumptions.
  • Discuss techniques you can use to facilitate easy and comfortable interactions with speakers who are different from you and clients who may themselves be struggling with unconscious or implicit biases.


Gender bias experts Andie Kramer and Al Harris have been combatting gender bias through writing, speaking, and mentoring for over 30 years.
Andie and Al are the co-authors of two award-winning books: Breaking Through Bias: Communication Techniques for Women to Succeed at Work (Second Edition, Nicholas Brealey, 2020) and It’s Not You, It’s the Workplace: Women’s Conflict at Work and the Bias That Built It (Nicholas Brealey, 2019). Andie and Al’s writings on communication strategies and gender biases have been widely featured, including in, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, and The Chicago Tribune. Andie is also a contributing writer for

Together and separately, Andie and Al speak and lead workshops across the country to help women, men, and organizations overcome the negative effects of bias and build healthier, more productive workplaces.
Andie is a partner at an international law firm. Alongside her demanding legal career, she has become a nationally known advocate for women’s advancement. Because mentorship opportunities for young executive and professional women are often limited, she co-founded the Women’s Leadership and Mentoring Alliance (WLMA) and has developed numerous women-specific leadership training programs. Andie is the recipient of a long list of accolades and awards for both achievements in her legal career and her advocacy of women. Among her accolades is being named one of the 50 most influential women lawyers in America by National Law Review for her “demonstrated power to change the legal landscape, shape public affairs, launch industries, and do big things.”


Al Harris was a founding partner of the Chicago law firm of Ungaretti & Harris, which in 2015 merged into a large national law firm. At Ungaretti & Harris, Al served for many years as managing partner and then as a member of its Executive and Compensation Committees. In these roles, he had extensive experience watching and evaluating women as they moved up the career ladder. Along the way, Al developed a growing concern about the barriers and biases women face in traditionally male career environments. As a result, he began mentoring women in many career fields as well as researching and writing extensively on the subject of stereotypes and biases with a specialization in gender biases.



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This program is open to employees and owners of Member Entities and registration is complimentary. Please RSVP for the LIVE version of this event by clicking on the Register link above (you will need to be logged in prior to clicking on Register).  You may login using either the Member Company record login or the Member Contact record login. If you need assistance with an existing login and the Password Recovery Feature is not working for you or need a new login created, please contact the IASB Office.



Portions of this workshop will be recorded and the recording along with any handouts will be made available to Members in the Member Resource Library.



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