AWI Webinar: Navigating Bias, Cultural Competence and Microaggressions
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When: Wednesday, July 15, 2020
11:00 am PT, noon MT, 1:00 pm CT, 2:00 pm ET
Where: Online
Contact: 844-422-2294

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AWI Webinar: Navigating Bias, Cultural Competence and Microaggressions

This Webinar is 1.5 hours long.

Session Description

Understanding and navigating biases is critical to the work we do as investigators. This program will:

  • Review implicit bias and confirmation bias and its impact on investigators
  • Define and give examples of microaggressions and discuss the challenges of investigating them
  • Discuss how investigators can increase their cultural competency.

Before the webinar, participants will be given “pre-work” to help them identify their own implicit biases, so they will find the presentation more thought-provoking and helpful. The co-presenters will also discuss the impact of bias on their own practice and answer questions about bias and how to address it.

Learning Objectives

By attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand implicit bias and how it impacts investigators.
  2. Understand confirmation bias and how it impacts investigations.
  3. Understand what microaggressions are and how to investigate them.
  4. Understand how to increase cultural competency in investigations.


Members & Sustaining Members: FREE
Non-Members: $50


Amy Oppenheimer, AWI-CH Amy Oppenheimer, AWI-CH

Amy Oppenheimer, AWI-CH, is a leading expert in the field of workplace investigations. She has over 30 years of experience in employment law, as an attorney, investigator, arbitrator, mediator, and trainer for a large range of employers and employees – public and private, large and small – throughout the country. She is also a retired administrative law judge. Her areas of expertise include preventing workplace harassment and responding to allegations of harassment, investigating workplace harassment, discrimination, retaliation, whistleblower claims, diversity in the workplace, how unconscious bias impacts decision-making and other forms of workplace misconduct. Amy frequently does public speaking on these issues. Amy has investigated hundreds of workplace complaints including complaints against CEOs, founders of startups, Board members, and elected officials. She has testified as an expert witness more than 70 times and also as a fact witness regarding her own investigations. Amy, along with others at her office, has trained 19 public and private employers in how to investigate workplace complaints, sexual harassment prevention, and implicit bias. Amy is also the author of numerous articles about harassment and discrimination, and is the co-author of Investigating Workplace Harassment, How to be Fair, Thorough and Legal (Society of Human Resource Management, 2003), one of the few books about the practice of investigations. Amy is the founder and past President of the Board of the Association of Workplace Investigators, Inc. (AWI), the former Chair of the Executive Committee of the Labor and Employment Section of the State Bar of California, and is the former President of the Board of the Berkeley Dispute Resolution Services. Amy has received certificates from the Association of Title IX Administrators (ATIXA) and T9 Mastered to conduct Title IX investigations.

Vida Thomas, AWI-CH Vida Thomas, AWI-CH

Vida Thomas, AWI-CH, has conducted well over 200 workplace investigations and is experienced in complying with Title IX, Title 5, the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights, and the Firefighters Procedural Bill of Rights. She has considerable experience investigating matters within a union setting and is particularly adept at investigating complex matters involving high-profile employers and individuals. Vida frequently trains attorneys and human resources professionals on how to conduct legally effective workplace investigations. Vida has practiced employment law for more than two decades, with years of experience in advising employers on all aspects of employment law and human resources management. She also serves as an expert witness in state and federal employment lawsuits, and mediates litigation and non-litigation matters. Vida assists parties and attorneys in resolving employment claims, including but not limited to harassment, discrimination, and retaliation claims; wrongful termination claims; failure to accommodate and statutory leave violations; whistleblowing claims; wage and hour violations; and invasion of privacy claims. Vida also routinely conducts sexual harassment prevention training (including AB1825 compliance training) for state agencies and private companies. She teaches human resources professionals and EEO officers how to conduct effective workplace investigations, and teaches managers and supervisors how to implement legally effective performance reviews. Clients have complimented Vida’s knack for making the law accessible, explaining complex legal concepts in a way that is both thorough and easy to understand. She believes training is most effective when it provides concrete, useful tips for navigating today’s complicated and highly regulated workplace. She has advised clients and conducted dozens of seminars on the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, employee drug testing and sexual harassment investigations. Before joining the Law Offices of Amy Oppenheimer, Vida was an of counsel attorney with Stoel Rives LLP and Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin Law Corporation. She began her legal career as an employment litigator at Kronick Moskovitz and then co-founded Carlsen Thomas, LLP, a boutique employment law firm that offered workplace investigations and employee training throughout California for 13 years.

Disclaimer: The contents of this webinar and the positions taken are those of the presenter only, may be time sensitive, and are not warranted, endorsed or otherwise recommended by AWI and are not intended to provide legal advice.

If you must cancel your webinar registration and do so before Monday, July 13, your webinar registration fee will be refunded. To cancel your registration, email Julia Renner at There will be no refunds for cancellations received after Monday, July 13.


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