ThisWay Global Speaks at NILG 2023 National Conference

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NILG Presentation with Angela Hood & Jaime VanDodick Recap: 

August 3, 2023 

The NILG (National Industry Liaison Group) 2023 National Conference took place at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa from August 1 to August 4, 2023, serving as a crucial gathering for professionals spanning business, education, and non-profit sectors. This event brought together thought leaders and experts in Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), affirmative action, and diversity and inclusion. Participants had the opportunity to explore evolving policies, engage with federal agencies such as EEOC and OFCCP, and acquire practical strategies for effectively navigating the complexities of compliance. The conference’s emphasis on actionable approaches, networking, and forward-looking trends solidified its significance as a cornerstone for those championing organizational transformation in the realms of EEO, AA, and DEI.

Exploring AI and Ethics: A Deep Dive into Bias Removal and Governance

The presentation dives into a deep exploration of bias and AI ethics in talent acquisition. She highlights the commitment to ethical considerations and unbiased recruitment by illustrating a powerful example. This scenario revolves around the prevalent bias that certain groups often feel the need to be significantly overqualified before applying for a job. However, when these certain groups apply, hiring managers do not consider these applicants because although the applicant is great, they are “overqualified” for the position. These applicants end up getting pushed to the side. To overcome this obstacle, these applicants’ resumes were sent to other positions within the company that were senior-level. These individuals who were rejected in the first round ended up in a position that resulted in the individual being more satisfied with their new job alongside having a higher salary. This example that Angela described is exactly what technology is supposed to do. The story showcases AI’s potential to bridge disparities and paints a vivid picture of how technology can be a catalyst for equitable practices. The underlying message is that technology can level the playing field, offering solutions that human processes alone cannot achieve.

AI’s Impact and the Challenge of Ethical Governance

As the presentation progresses, Angela Hood and Jaime VanDodick delve into the profound impact of AI on various aspects of business and life. Hood cites her personal experience as a turning point, realizing her own biases and acknowledging that AI can offer a fresh perspective on decision-making. She stresses the potential of AI to illuminate unseen biases and elevate business experiences.

The discussion navigates towards the challenges of integrating AI while ensuring ethical governance. VanDodick shares insights from IBM’s journey, highlighting their AI-driven solution for streamlining employee promotions. The efficiency and fairness introduced by AI in such processes are remarkable, underscoring AI’s role in enhancing human decision-making.

Collaboration and Transparency: The Path Forward

Angela Hood and Jaime VanDodick conclude by addressing the pivotal role of collaboration in the ethical implementation of AI. They emphasize the need for cooperation between companies, governments, and the industry to create impactful solutions that genuinely address biases and enhance fairness.

In a world where AI is transforming industries and societies, Angela Hood and Jaime VanDodick’s presentation offers a compelling narrative about the power of AI to create positive change. Their insights remind us that while AI brings unprecedented opportunities, it is the ethical considerations and collaborative efforts that will ultimately determine its lasting impact on our world.

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