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Inclusive Intelligence: Recognizing & Interrupting Implicit Bias in the Legal Industry

Dr. Arin N. Reeves, President & Managing Director at Nextions
Thursday, June 13

This interactive presentation will cover the basic principles of unconscious bias and explore many of the specific implicit biases that affect the ways in which we learn, work, and lead as business-of-law professionals. In a rapidly changing global marketplace where differences can be a source of conflict or strength, understanding and negotiating our implicit cognitive biases can be an individual as well as an organizational competitive advantage. This presentation will identify various biases and barriers that impact the ways in which we work within the legal workplace and highlight tailored practices and effective strategies that can be utilized to negotiate and neutralize biases. The presentation will bring together substantive research and findings from many disciplines to focus on the ways this research impacts legal workplaces, especially as it relates to roles played by those in the P3 community.


A leading researcher, author, and advisor in the fields of leadership and inclusion, Arin studied business at DePaul University’s College of Commerce, attended law school at University of Southern California and received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Northwestern University.

Arin is a best-selling author of two books –The Next IQ and One Size Never Fits All– and she is the President of the research and advisory firm, Nextions (pronounced “connections” without the “co”), a new way of seeing and doing leadership and inclusion. Arin has designed and led several comprehensive research projects on leadership and inclusion in topics ranging from gender equity, cultural integration and implicit bias to transformational leadership and working through generational differences. Before Nextions (formerly The Athens Group), Arin practiced law for several years and served as an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University where she taught classes on law and society.

Arin’s first book, The Next IQ: The Next Generation of Intelligence for 21st Century Leaders, and her second book One Size Never Fits All: Business Development Strategies Tailored for Women (And Most Men) were both publisher bestsellers upon their release. She has also authored a chapter on creativity, innovation, and inclusion entitled “Creating Creativity” for the Global Innovation Science Handbook, the premier resource for innovation practitioners.

Her latest book features research on the neurology of lying and liars and how deception breaks down inclusive interactions and disrupts our abilities to gather and leverage collective intelligence.