Due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in our area, this event will only be presented virtually. In addition to the full day conference, all paid participants will receive additional pre-recorded BONUS sessions to watch at their own pace.

2020 Implicit Bias Conference

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Save your spot for the YWCA Greater Green Bay’s 2nd annual Implicit Bias Conference.

Thursday, October 15, 2020
7:30 am – 4:00 pm

The YWCA Greater Green Bay is partnering with area expertise to bring you a conference defining implicit bias and providing examples of how it is impacting supportive services and life in Brown County. We would be delighted to have you attend this full day educational event planned with the changing demographics of the Green Bay area in mind. Participants will be exposed to practical definitions of implicit bias, clarifying examples of how implicit bias is expressing itself in Northeast Wisconsin, and exposure to a robust community conversation about ways we can respond to the changing demographics throughout Greater Green Bay.

Exposure to conference content will provide permission to adjust our personal lenses to see and respond to implicit bias. Those viewing and participating will return to their families, jobs and lives with tools to make a difference. If your business, organization or local community needs support keeping up with the needs of Green Bay’s changing demographics, you will not want to miss this event.

Keeping Everyone Safe

We are moving this event completely online for 2020. The live events will still take place as planned remotely via Zoom. Several educational breakout sessions will be pre-recorded, and all paid participants will have access to the pre-recorded sessions the morning of the event and the full conference after its conclusion to watch at their own pace.

Who should attend the 2020 Implicit Bias Conference?

The short answer is that the Implicit Bias Conference is for everyone. We all, without choosing to, have implicit bias toward others that are different from us. It’s up to each of us to do what we can to counteract these biases to ensure they don’t negatively affect our interactions with others.

The 2020 Implicit Bias conference at the YWCA will define today’s issues and provide insight into why they exist. We will look into the historical factors and current realities of these issues to ensure equitable opportunities for people of color in the community. For example:

  • In May 2018, the Wisconsin Public Health Association (WPHA) passed a resolution declaring racism a public health crisis in Wisconsin and committed to taking action.
  • Today, COVID-19 disproportionally affects people of color in Wisconsin.
    • 6.7% of the Wisconsin population is made up of black people.
    • 27% of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 are black.
    • 44% of people who have died from COVID-19 are black.
  • Systemic issues of racism have lead to limited access to food, environments, employment, and health care that significantly alters the quality of life afforded to people of color.

The conference will extend the conversation currently taking place about ways we can provide equal service opportunities across the changing demographics of this region. This is only truly possible if service providers and peace officers understand their own beliefs about people different from them and the implicit bias they have which affects their work.

In 1924 Emory Bogardus developed a social distance scale which measures prejudice—specifically degrees of warmth, intimacy, indifference or hostility—between an individual and any social, racial or ethnic groups. Through almost a century in use, this scale has proven that spending time with people who are different from you creates an opportunity to reduce prejudice.  The YWCA Implicit Bias Conference does this, and in the process supports community members, advocates, officers and all human service workers.

Throughout the conference, participants will receive practical definitions of implicit bias, racism and prejudice with eye-opening examples of implicit bias in Northeastern Wisconsin. It is designed through an intercultural lens that takes the varied backgrounds of its community members into consideration. Participants will be encouraged to complete a pre and post survey and attend and facilitate small and large group conversations and reflections.

The conference will have answers to general and specific questions like:

  • How does implicit bias impact how we perceive and engage the world around us?
  • How are marginalized/low resourced/different cultures impacted by implicit bias?
  • What can be done to minimize the costs of implicit bias?

The YWCA Greater Green Bay Implicit Bias Conference is intended to give participants the skills and tools needed to be part of the solution to ending racism in Northeast Wisconsin. Don’t miss out on being part of this life-changing event.

Conference Agenda – Workshops and Presentation Descriptions

Downloadable 2020 Implicit Bias Conference Agenda
Please note this was created for the in-person conference and may not reflect the new online only format.

Live Conference Agenda

BONUS Pre-recorded Online Sessions - Sent to Paid Participants at the Beginning of the Conference

About the Workshop Presenters

Thanks to our sponsors!

Justice Sponsors

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Freedom Sponsors

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Workshop Sponsors

Greater Green Bay Community Foundation

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Peace Sponsors

St. Norbert College Logo

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Logo


Investors Community Bank Logo

Humana Logo

Media Sponsors

Woodward Radio Group

Cumulus Media

Midwest Communications


If you are interested in sponsoring the Implicit Bias Conference, please download this sponsorship levels form. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Leslie Asare, CEO at or call (920) 432-5581 x135.