Bias Busting Lunch & Learn Series Session 3

Join us for Session 3 with facilitator, Martha (Mart) Sedky, where we will cover: Understanding bias in networking relationships and bias.

Organizational practices and processes are riddled with bias, not because organizations are evil and hateful, but because they are filled with naturally biased human beings. We can certainly make our peers more aware of the science of bias and encourage them to adopt some intentional practices toward mitigating bias, but our biggest lever for reducing bias is likely to be found in redesigning organizational practices and processes based on what we know about human bias. This session give you a framework and an opportunity to begin doing just that.

Monday, July 11, from 11:30 – 12:30 pm. at Guaca Maya, 5002 S 33rd St, Omaha, NE 68107

Our 4-part professional development lunch series is focused on recognizing unconscious bias and providing tools to make conscious changes. Embrace. Engage. Empower.

We are going to explore how biases are created and reinforced by our environments and experiences, and can affect our perceptions, decisions, and interactions. We want to get to the heart of the issue, learn to understand why we make the choices we do and start to implement changes in our behavior, both personally and professionally.

Through these lunches, we are raising awareness, sparking conversations, and initiating action. The goal is to create more inviting workplaces that allow anyone, regardless of age, gender, gender identity, physical abilities, religion, body size or sexual orientation, to contribute and innovate without hesitation or fear.

In order to achieve this, we have partnered with some of the Midwest’s leading experts in diversity and inclusion to share their knowledge and experience with us beginning in May and ending in August, 2018.

This series is for all creatives, managers, owners, teachers and anyone who works with others. It is open to the public and all are welcome. Let Cathy Solarana know if you have any special requests a week before the lunch at

To provide space for effective dialogue and takeaways, each lunch is limited to 25 participants.

Check out session 2 and session 4 from the series!

Session 4 | Recognizing bias in design/communications and what to do about it.
Antionette Carroll
Tuesday, August 7, from 11:30 – 12:30 pm.
Location TBD

Who are our Experts?

Martha (Mart) Sedky | OPPD (Session 3)

Martha L. Sedky is Vice President Human Capital (HC) at OPPD. She is responsible for OPPD’s Human Capital functions, including Labor and Compliance, Total Rewards, Organizational Development, Business Partnering, and Talent Acquisition. Sedky has more than 25 years of experience in the Human Resources field including several leadership positions. She is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management and the Corporate Executive Board CHRO Council. Sedky has previously held board positions with WELLCOM and the Institute for Career Advancement Needs (ICAN) and currently serves on the board of Grief’s Journey.

Antionette Carroll | (Session 4)
Antionette D. Carroll is the Founder and CEO of Creative Reaction Lab, a nonprofit social enterprise designing healthy and racially equitable communities for Black and Latinx populations. Throughout her career, Antionette has worked for social justice, human rights, and diversity and inclusion nonprofits – with her last position being head of communications for Diversity Awareness Partnership. Currently, Antionette is the Chair Emeritus of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force of AIGA: The Professional Association of Design. At the local level, she is also serving as President Emerita of AIGA St. Louis and co-founder of the Design + Diversity Conference and Podcast. She is a TED Fellow.

Joe Gerstandt | (Sessions 1 & 2)
Joe Gerstandt is a speaker, author and advisor bringing greater clarity, action, and impact to organizational diversity and inclusion efforts. He has worked with Fortune 100 corporations, small non-profits, and everything in between. He speaks at numerous conferences and summits. Joe is a featured contributor for the Workforce Diversity Network Expert Forum and his insights have been published in Diversity Best Practices, Diversity Executive, HR Executive, The Diversity Factor, The American Diversity Report, the Corporate Recruiting Leadership Journal, Associations Now, other print and on-line journals and he co-authored the book Social Gravity: Harnessing the Natural Laws of Relationships.

About AIGA Nebraska

AIGA advances design as a professional craft, strategic advantage and vital cultural force. As the largest community of design advocates, we bring together practitioners, enthusiasts, and patrons to amplify the voice of design and create the vision for a collective future. We define global standards and ethical practices, guide design education, enhance professional development, and make powerful tools and resources accessible to all.


If you have questions or need more information please contact Cathy Solarana at

When & Where
Wed, Jul 11, 2018 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Guaca Maya
5002 S 33rd St,
Omaha, NE 68107
Currently Registered