One of the Nation’s Leading Experts on Unconscious Bias,
Workplace Diversity, and Cross-Cultural Business
Dr. Sondra Thiederman is one of the nation’s leading experts on workplace diversity, bias reduction, and cross-cultural business. She has brought 25 years of experience to helping Fortune 500 companies, government organizations, and dozens of associations become successful in our increasingly diverse workplaces.
Her client list includes such prestigious organizations as The Boeing Company, Motorola, General Motors, Xerox Corporation, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Marriott Corporation, the Mayo Clinic, Century 21 Real Estate, American Express, and AT&T. Her work has taken her in front of notable associations including the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the Mortgage Bankers Association, the American Society of Association Executives, and the Arthritis Foundation.
She has consulted for the University of California and has served on the Diversity Cabinet of the American Red Cross. Most recently, she has served as an Expert Panelist for O’Mara and Richter’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks: Standards for Organizations Around the World.
Sondra has been featured in the media, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and USA Today. She is published in professional journals ranging from Association Management and Real Estate Today to T&D, has written on the topic of workplace diversity for Monster.com and is the author of five books.
Sondra is a triple threat in her field in that she brings years of practical experience, an advanced education (she is the recipient of a Ph.D. from UCLA), and renowned speaking skills to deliver programs that make a real difference in her client’s workplaces and in their lives.
Defeating Unconscious Bias: Your Workplace Advantage
This interactive program provides immediately-applicable skills that your group can use to defeat unconscious bias in the workplace. Using materials customized to your industry and organization, content typically includes two strategies for becoming aware of one’s unconscious biases and four practical techniques for defeating them. The program is based on the principle that the answer to defeating bias rests, not in blame, but in internalizing the damage caused by biases to ourselves and the organization and in taking tangible steps to defeat them.
CULTIVATING COMMON GROUND: Innovation, Trust, Bias Reduction
Overcome workplace bias and increase innovation by identifying shared values, interests, and goals while valuing diversity.
GATEWAYS TO INCLUSION: Turn Tense Moments into Productive Conversations
Learn the skills needed to convert moments of workplace tension into gateways for increased understanding and stronger workplace relationships.
“Dr. Thiederman spoke on diversity to a group of high level Human Resource executives. She gained instant credibility with the group when it was apparent that she thoroughly grasped our company culture and was, therefore, able to challenge the group and generate productive interaction and discussion. As we continue to explore this topic within our company, we will not hesitate to call on Dr. Thiederman again.'”
- Brian Stull | Vice President. Corporate Human Resources, Newell Rubbermaid
"Sondra's talk helped our audience of 700 UAW leaders explore how diversity affects their personal and corporate lives. She tailored her remarks to this specific audience and used a light-hearted yet sensitive approach that was very well received. There is no doubt but that the audience left her presentation with new insights with which to form and sustain more profitable and bias free relationships."
- Larry E. Knox | GM Executive Co-Director, United Auto Workers – General Motors
“As I sat watching you speak at our annual luncheon, I could see the rapt attention which you commanded throughout the presentation. You were a hit! Your luncheon address was well-times, professional, and stimulating. I would welcome the opportunity to have you participate again in the future.”
- Gail J. Curran | Director, Referrals/Relocation, Century 21 Real Estate Corporation
"I have seen Sondra speak on two occasions including to the Western/Pacific Regional offices of Marriott Corporation. Participant comments included: ‘The program was a good mix of sensitivity and concrete information’; ‘Excellent,very interesting and informative,a real surprise!’; ‘We need this topic in the hospitality industry. It was an excellent overview of a very relevant topic.'”
- Joan Mitchell | Director of Human Resources, La Jolla Marriott Hotel