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The Neuroscience of Bias - A Coaching Approach to Interrupting Racist Systems

Thursday, September 30, 2021, 6:00 PM until 7:30 PM
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Our brain has a mostly unconscious and instinctual system that has allowed for human survival throughout evolution by protecting us from harm. This system, while important evolutionarily, is also full of errors or “bugs”, also known as cognitive biases. While protective and efficient for life-threatening situations, in most modern life situations it activates more than is necessary, often unconsciously. This, in combination with actively “othering” systems and structures, skews decisions, conveys and interprets information inaccurately and changes our physiology creating aberrant cultural biases and stereotypes.


Changing biased thought patterns is challenging but entirely attainable due to our indefatigably plastic (changeable brain). Using the Straight As of Transformation as our framework, we will discuss ways to optimize our incredible brain plasticity to overcome our implicit biases’ oppressive nature for the most marginalized in society.

Understanding the environments and practices that allow us to connect and support others includes creating diverse relationships and building familiarity and connection, the foundations of anti-racism.


At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the biology of bias.

  • Understand what can overcome this biological predisposition.
Apply the Straight As of Transformation to their own anti-racism work.


The session will be recorded and available to registrants after the session, but you must participate in the session live in order to receive any related Core Competency CCEs (if applicable).


CCE Units: Core Competencies 1.0, Resource Development 0.5, Total 1.5

Please note:  After the session is completed, ICFNE will send you a program evaluation via email. You must complete the evaluation in order to receive your CCE certificate.  Live attendance is required for core competency credits. We recommend you download and print the email containing your CCE certificate immediately upon receipt as we are not able to provide additional copies.


Hayden Lee, MCC is a Master Certified Executive Life and Leadership Coach, holding the highest credential possible in the professional coaching industry and a co-founder of Master Mind Institute.


Chosen as one of the “Top 20 Best Life Coaches in Los Angeles,” by, Hayden works with high achieving, highly motivated, and highly committed executives, leaders, entrepreneurs and professionals who are ready to make the changes needed for exponential growth in their personal and professional lives.


He has coached leaders from Fortune 500 and Forbes 500 companies. By using his coaching magic backed by neuroscience research he is able to deepen awareness for leaders at the individual level. This drastically improves communication and productivity at the team level and eventually elevates the entire organizational culture.


He is a certified practitioner of the Leadership Circle Profile, Leadership Culture Survey and the Integrative Enneagram personality and motivation system. Using these tools, he works with individuals and teams who are passionate about increasing their leadership effectiveness and creating work cultures that inspire individuals and teams best. Hayden has trained and mentored over 100 coaches worldwide. He is on the coaching faculty of Integrative Enneagram Solutions and Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP). He is on the Advisory Board at Coach Training EDU, an ICF-accredited institution, where he co-created the Executive Coach Training program.



Kelly Kent, NA, Ph.D. is a neuroscientist that connects her passion for the brain with all of her work, including as a school board member, corporate creativity consultant, business-owner, speaker, and her hardest job of them all, parent.


Since she completed her Ph.D. in the molecular mechanisms of stroke recovery in 2011, Kelly has been taking her experience and expertise garnered at higher educational institutions and applying them to the real world around her. While on the one hand, Kelly was pursuing her post-graduate work in autism at the University of Southern California, she was also simultaneously teaching and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students. Kelly taught psychology undergraduate students at Moorpark College in Simi Valley and currently teaches neurobiology to psychotherapy graduate students at Antioch University in Culver City.


The application of neuroscience to everyday life became her primary focus when Kelly co-founded adaptED Consultants. Through adaptED, Kelly has grown a company that uses neuroscience to provide tools to drive individual and organizational growth. This is accomplished by aligning corporate work cultures with how the brain functions optimally, training leaders to manage with the brain in mind and helping organizations determine their own “brain-based” best practices.


Realizing the important role that coaches play in the organizational development and professional development world, Kelly approached Master Certified Coach, Hayden Lee to propose a neuroscience of coaching training program. With recognition of the value each respective field plays in enhancing human and organizational potential, Master Mind Institute was born.


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