Speaker Series - dublin

Ignorance is Not Bliss

Recognising and Unpacking Unconscious Bias

Event Details:

While prejudice and discrimination remain pressing issues in workplaces around the world, the more elusive challenge facing many organisations is unconscious bias. This is not a new concept, so why have both public and private organisations struggled to address it? Learn the theories behind biases, and the tactics to limit their impact. We must challenge our existing beliefs. In doing so, we can outsmart our brains and make less-biased decisions, both in the workplace and in our social lives.

Learning Objectives:

  • Increase the learners’ awareness of the concept of Unconscious Bias
  • Assist learners to recognise bias within themselves
  • Enable learners to recognise the impact of their personal bias on others
  • Ensure the learner understands bias is natural, but needs to be managed


7 h – 7:30 h – Registration & networking

7:30 h – 9 h – Breakfast, discussion & networking

9 h – Breakfast concludes

9 h – 9:30 h – Optional networking


Paramita Chatterjee
Senior Director, Global Customer Operations Learning & Talent Development, PayPal

Paramita Chatterjee

Paramita Chatterjee is a Senior Director at PayPal Global Customer Operations. She leads the Learning and Talent Development organisation supporting Global Customer Operations. Paramita enables over 7,000 internal and partner teammates across the globe, to realize their potential. Paramita’s role involves driving strategic changes to equip next generation empowered learning and talent development plans. Her goal is to transform career paths for PayPal front-line operations employees. She is also responsible for shaping leadership development programs and drive a culture of coaching throughout the global organisation.

Prior to joining PayPal, Paramita spent ten years working in Asia and Europe in the technology industry championing learning and development for corporate employees.

Paramita is a Diversity and Inclusion practitioner and a certified EQ-I coach. She was instrumental in supporting PayPal’s three-year Diversity and Inclusion awareness campaign across Asia, Europe and North America.

Alannah Mc Mahon
Assistant Director of Diversity and Inclusion, EY

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Alannah Mc Mahon is an Assistant Director of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) at EY, where her mandate is to drive and execute the D&I agenda by implementing strategic initiatives across the business.

Prior to joining EY, Alannah spent 7 years at Deloitte leading large scale global organisational change projects across North America and EMEA.  As D&I lead for Deloitte Canada, Alannah was responsible for embedding inclusion into their strategy and taking inclusion to the next level.

Awards under her leadership include the United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles Cultural Change for Empowerment Award 2015, Catalyst Canada Honours Champion 2016 and Canada’s Best Diversity Employers 2015.

Following her time in North America, Alannah was appointed Programme Director for Deloitte’s EMEA Next Generation CFO Academy, where she was responsible for driving the strategy, programme delivery and client experience in 26 countries.

Alannah holds a bachelor of Business Studies and German from Trinity College Dublin and Project Management Masters from University College Dublin, Michael Smurfit School of Business.

Alannah is a member of EY’s Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee.

Margot Slattery
Country President, Sodexo Ireland
2018 Top 25 Award Winner

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As country president, Margot has corporate governance and directorial responsibility for all Sodexo’s operations in Ireland and Northern Ireland, where it employs 3,700 people with a turnover of €141m in 2018. It is part of the Sodexo Group, the world’s largest multi-services company.

Margot sits on Sodexo’s global LGBT+ leadership team and has been influential in ensuring LGBT+ considerations are included in Sodexo’s Global D&I strategy, and that practical guides to LGBT+ inclusion have been developed for use across the globe.

Margot has won numerous awards for her role in supporting diversity and inclusion and women in business, including the Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite and the Business Leaders Award at the 2018 WXN Most Powerful Women in Ireland Awards. She has appeared on the Financial Times’ Top 100 list of OUTstanding LGBT Business Leaders since 2015.

Outside Sodexo, she is chair of the OUTstanding Ireland Steering Committee and a member of the Irish Advisory board for the Women’s Executive Network (WXN). Her board memberships include Business in the Community Ireland, Out and Equal Workplace Advocates, the Dublin Chamber of Commerce and Sofinsod Insurance DAC, among others.


The Gibson Hotel
Point Square,
Dublin 1,
353 1 681 5000

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March 12, 2019
7:00 am - 9:30 am
Dublin 1,