Strategic HR at Mount Washington: Oct 25-27, 2020 – Bretton Woods, NH

The following information is from the completed 2019 event. Please check back in the spring for details on next year. 


OPENING KEYNOTE: The Neuroscience of Decision-Making

Monday, October 28th, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am

How it Impacts Workforce Agility

Howard Ross, Cook Ross

What’s it all about? An understanding of neuroscience is central to our understanding of human behavior, how we connect with others, and how we form judgments and make decisions. Howard Ross, an international thought leader on diversity, inclusion, and unconscious bias introduces our HR audience to a science that impacts our ability to be effective HR leaders and decision makers. Calling on elements of his books, “Our Search for Belonging” and “Everyday Bias,” Howard will explain why the results of our work often conflict with our intentions. He’ll proffer that we are hardwired for belonging, and that the resulting tribalism gets in the way of smart processes. His stories lead us to a more provocative path, where we hold initial reactions and unconscious biases in check, engage in smart thinking and meaningful dialogue, leading to better decisions.

Why you’ll want to participate in this session.

  • Learn about the science that connects directly with our thought processes and reactions and how we make independent decisions and adapt to change.
  • Discover related tools that you can use in your workforce development and management processes.
  • Hear about how the need for belonging directly links to employee behaviors and hopes, particularly as they try to connect to the purpose, mission, and values of an organization.

Approved for: SHRM Credit- 1.0 PDC; and HRCI Credit- 1.0 HR (general) Credit.

Program Faculty: Howard Ross