What Are People Saying?

I attended the Unconscious Bias and Diversity Workshop [with Mike Hess, Executive Director of Blind Institute of Technology]. This workshop’s power to spotlight our preconceived biases helped bring a thoughtful reminder on how we should approach each interaction in the future. I would highly recommend anyone to attend this workshop – this is helpful professionally and personally. Don’t judge the book by its cover…

Annicka, Executive, Fortune 250

The unconscious bias event was truly impactful to me. Mike showed us how our experiences influence our bias and how we can grow past it to better connect with people.

Dan, Sr. Strategist, IT Services

The Unconscious Bias workshop led by Mike Hess at the Blind Institute of Technology on April 18th, 2019 was an event that I left filled with new knowledge and actionable takeaways. What I learned does not fail to resurface every day as it has impacted both my personal and professional life. The power of conscious listening was the biggest eye-opener for me. Just like breathing, it is easy to overlook as it is in our nature, however, truly practicing and harvesting this skill can change every relationship and day-to-day interaction you have in your life.

Hector, Founder, People Communications Strategy

This workshop isn’t your typical lecture-style workshop. It’s interactive and collaborative and doesn’t try to point the finger at everybody as if to say “You’re biased!” We all are. It’s just a really safe space to explore that as an individual person so that I can learn about ways to keep working on being less biased, not just at work but in life. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to create a more inclusive space around them!

Anonymous, Executive, Emerging Tech Company

The Unconscious Bias Lunch & Learn led by Breaking the Bias at the Amplify Denver/Boulder event was above and beyond what we expected. Although we only had an hour to scratch the surface of a very complex topic, UB and Joe presented the information in a concise, digestible, and inspiring manner. The members of our group left with more awareness of their personal biases, increased curiosity for others and the biases they hold, and motivation to start or continue the dialogue outside of our group. 10 out of 10, would recommend!

Kelly, Executive, Social Organization

The Unconscious Bias session helped me realize that my unconscious biases get busy shaping each experience for me so that I feel less uncomfortable both in groups and one-on-one. Unfortunately that also means I’m only minimally exposed to different ways of thinking which results in me learning less. This session created a non-threatening environment within which I could experience not just feeling uncomfortable but understand why! Sessions like this one help each of us unfold our biases and contribute more of ourselves personally and professionally. There is no mandate that can make companies more inclusive; it is only when the people in a company are intentional about being inclusive, which requires some vulnerability, that the company organically becomes more inclusive. 

Nicola, Strategy Manager

Joe Thurman and UB Ciminieri are truly breaking barriers with their forward thinking and approach to building teams for organizations from the top down. It was a true awakening for me to acknowledge that no matter what background a person may have, that they most likely have biases in some way or another. Whether they are conscious or unconscious biases, Joe and UB are on a mission to bring those biases to your attention, while helping organizations realize the potential of building diverse, inclusive teams that will flourish. Their talk has forever changed my view of how organizations recruit, hire, and retain their work force, and I am forever grateful that I will be able to be a part of their movement in Breaking the Bias! I highly recommend you join them on their journey!!

Ryan, Regional Director

UB and Nina were fantastic and helped us to understand where our unconscious biases stem from. It’s helpful to know that our brains are hardwired to simplify the world around us, but that we can change that by raising our awareness and actively being more conscious as we operate in our daily lives.

AIA Colorado

Great training! Really opened our eyes to different types of biases one might not otherwise think about. The examples were great (chips, drawings, phones, etc). The opportunities to share were great and it felt like a safe and comfortable space to do so. Thanks for a great training and looking forward to checking out the workbook.


What is Breaking the Bias?

Intentionally Choose Curiosity, Empathy, and Conscious Communication to Fight Systemic Issues like Racism.

Breaking the Bias is a program and a strategy designed to help companies and individuals create tools, methods, and strategies that systematically change our ability to drive Curiosity and Empathy – for people, ideas, and collaboration – to build more inclusive and involved workplaces where people can find meaningful work with an organization that makes them feel like they belong.

Virtual Sessions are available, led by two facilitators, with highly interactive, impactful exercises and discussion. Our sessions cater to multiple styles of learning and interaction.

 We approach Breaking the Bias not as a one-off talk but as the beginning of a conversation about bias in your workplace. Engagements are based on our time with you. We introduce you to our program and then spend time with your leadership team to map out a long-term strategy for your Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEI&B).

We believe that DEI&B should live as a separate entity within every organization, positioned as the “center of the wheel” through which every other discipline should flow. This practice will encourage and reinforce that every behavior, whether it be in Sales, Product, Finance, Operations, HR or Technology, leads the organization to become more inclusive:

Breaking the Bias 101

Leading with Empathy

90-minute in-person or virtual sessions for employees and leaders to develop a starting point for cohesive understanding and awareness of how Bias and Empathy can impact your organization.

Strategy Lab w/ Leadership

Strategic DEI&B Discussion

A strategic leadership discussion about DEI&B initiatives in your organization, focused on your areas of need, to develop a Recommendations Report for long-term, sustainable solutions. Led by our partner, Nicole Gravagna, PhD, founder of NeuroEQ.

Breaking the Bias Half-Day Workshops

For Leadership

Half-day workshops for leaders to continue a deep dive into the science of Bias and Empathy, to improve Conscious Communication skills in order to address the tough conversations related to systemic inequalities.

Strategic Consulting

To Build Inclusive Workplaces

Most leaders find themselves with little to no direction to support their organizations in times of crisis or when faced with systemic inequalities. The question we get the most is “Where do I even start?” We can help you develop a long-term and sustainable strategy for building a more inclusive workplace. Ask us how.

Fill out our contact form to receive more information…or tell us what you’re interested in for your organization!

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What Resources Can Help Me?

Resources for DEI&B Leaders

Who Are the Founders?

Joe Thurman
Joe ThurmanCo-Founder
Joe is driven by building companies and working with talented people. Helping leaders build inclusive organizations where #PEOPLEMATTER has been his mission for almost 15 years. Joe believes that coaching and empowering people to value curiosity over judgment unlocks the mindset that encourages inclusion, diversity and a vision of human equality.
UB Ciminieri
UB CiminieriCo-Founder
UB has a passion for helping #PEOPLEMATTER. He has a clear perspective of the good, bad and ugly of how companies are being built. Surviving workplace violence and his Latino background helped define that perspective. As such, he is an advocate for people safety and happiness. He uses his “stained glass view” of the world to help people overcome internal obstacles to be better humans to themselves and others.

Who is on the Breaking the Bias Team?

Nina Baliga
Nina BaligaManaging Partner
Nina believes that problems can be solved for people of all backgrounds and walks of life. With 10 years of work in the tech sector under her belt, Nina has focused on user experience design, digital strategy, and business development. Nina wants to see more women and people of color in leadership positions around the country. She hopes to build a foundation for a stronger and more diverse tech community. She recently joined forces with Jobber Group and Breaking the Bias to help diverse, impactful and inclusive leaders find organizations who value just that.

Check out Nina’s TEDx Talk from January 2020:

We’re ALL going to experience some type of disability in our life. The best products are coming from places where they think deeply about inclusive design and accessibility. The future of technology depends on it, because designing tech with disabilities in mind, turns out to be designing great tech for everyone.

Who is Our Team of Facilitators and Advisors?

Christie Buchele
Christie BucheleFacilitator & Advisor
Christie Buchele is an up-and-coming standup comic from Denver, Colorado. Christie has made a name for herself by sharing the heart-wrenching and hilarious realities of being a woman with a disability. Christie has been featured on Viceland’s Flophouse; Hidden America with Jonah Ray; and Laughs on Fox. Christie has performed at the Crom Comedy Festival in Omaha, Nebraska, Denver’s own High Plains Comedy Festival, Hell Yes Fest, and Limestone Comedy Festival. Christie has been described as “brave” for leaving the house in that body. Her comedy has been described as “funny despite what she talks about” and “uncomfortable” by Christie’s mom. She has opened for the likes of Josh Blue, Sean Patton and Andy Kindler.
Mike Hess
Mike HessFacilitator & Advisor
Mike Hess is Founder and Executive Director of the Blind Institute of Technology. He brings more than two decades of blindness experience, leadership, and thoughtfulness to their mission. Even though Mike had great success in his corporate career, he always had the notion of leaving his thumbprint on humanity. Thus, he left corporate America to begin the mission at Blind Institute of Technology. He brings his unique perspective to Breaking the Bias to help organizations “see” through his eyes when working to build more curious and inclusive workplaces.
Nicole Gravagna, PhD
Nicole Gravagna, PhDFacilitator & Advisor
Dr. Nicole Gravagna is a neuroscientist and a contributor to Forbes, Inc., Newsweek, Medical Daily, HuffPost UK, and others. Nicole uses data-driven neuroleadership training to accelerate leadership development in technical employees through the Leadership MindSET Program at her company, NeuroEQ. Nicole has coached leaders at top institutions including Lockheed Martin and Yale. She is a Quora Top Writer. Her first book was Venture Capital for Dummies and her most recent book was MindSET Your Manners.

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