We had the good fortune of connecting with Dr. Bentley Gibson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Dr. Bentley, how does your business help the community?
My business is based in social science. I have spent the past decade studying implicit bias and Ive found through my research and practice that there are strategies that help individuals become conscious of their own biases and how it impacts their behaviors . I see my business as helping the world because my trainings help increase awareness about how individuals may be perpetuating racial, gender, sexual orientation and so many other stereotypes in their personal lives, workplaces and communities. My trainings, products and consultations combat negative stereotypes. I bring my social scientist lens to my business in terms of helping people change attitudes and behaviors related to their unconscious biases in order to be more inclusive and equitable.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
While my business specializes in implicit bias training, what sets me apart is that I do not just do trainings, but also assess and measure the ways in which the training is having an impact on individuals and the cultural climate of organizations. There is nothing that makes me more proud than to receive email or feedback from my trainees on the experiences they have after attending my sessions or receiving my consultations. It is not easy because this means I am with my trainees and clients even after our workshops to help them with bias and discrimination in their personal lives, as well as in their work practices. Ive learned along the way that doing this work and helping others become aware of their biases and change the behaviors associated with these biases is a journey not a sprint that is not meant for everyone ,but the more I can motivate to at least get on the path the better I feel I am making the world,

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My favorite place in Atlanta has always been Little Five Points! It is so diverse and you can shop, see ATL culture, eat and get a tattoo all in a few hours.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give a special Shout Out to first to my parents (Dr. Bentley Patterson and Ronald Gibson) who armed me with the ability to be aware of race and racism by preschool. I would also like to thank Spelman College, their Psychology Department and in particular Associate Professor of Psychology, Dr. Angela Farris Watkins. I took her course as an undergraduate on “The Psychology of the African American Experience” . It was in this course that I learned that studying racism was a SCIENCE and that if I wanted to be an expert in the field I had to go to graduate school. It was in this course that I first learned about the Mamie and Kenneth Clark doll study and the Implicit Association Test (IAT), two experiments I would recreate in my 0wn research career. I also have to Shout Out my mentor, Dr. Andrew Baron of the University of British Columbia. He is the definition of an inclusive mentor! We met at a conference when I was in graduate school . At the time he was a leader in the field of understanding implicit race bias in children and trained me to continue this line of research.

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