Overcoming Bias

Building Authentic Relationships Across Differences

Tiffany Jana (Author) | Matthew Freeman (Author)

Publication date: 10/05/2016

Overcoming Bias
Control, Conquer, and Prevail!

Everybody's biased. The truth is, we all harbor unconscious assumptions that can get in the way of our good intentions and keep us from building authentic relationships with people different from ourselves. Tiffany Jana and Matthew Freeman use vivid stories and fun (yes, fun!) exercises and activities to help us reflect on our personal experiences and uncover how our hidden biases are formed. By becoming more self-aware, we can control knee-jerk reactions, conquer fears of the unknown, and prevail over closed-mindedness. In the end, Jana and Freeman's central message is that you are
not the problem—but you can be the solution.

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Control, Conquer, and Prevail!

Everybody's biased. The truth is, we all harbor unconscious assumptions that can get in the way of our good intentions and keep us from building authentic relationships with people different from ourselves. Tiffany Jana and Matthew Freeman use vivid stories and fun (yes, fun!) exercises and activities to help us reflect on our personal experiences and uncover how our hidden biases are formed. By becoming more self-aware, we can control knee-jerk reactions, conquer fears of the unknown, and prevail over closed-mindedness. In the end, Jana and Freeman's central message is that you are
not the problem—but you can be the solution.

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Meet the Authors


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Tiffany Jana and Matthew Freeman are agents of change who met at work, fell in love, and started a company together. They are each one half of an interracial couple that pride themselves on practicing racial reconciliation every day. As a white male / black female married couple, they represent one of the least statistically common marital racial pairings in the United States. They are aware of that fact because the company they co-founded focuses on diversity and inclusion, and together they are breaking ground in the development of metrics for their industry. They live and breathe diversity and are conspicuously joyous about the life they share.

Tiffany followed her mother’s lead into the world of diversity and culture change. Her mother paved the way by giving Tiffany access to life in Mexico and Germany, thereby granting her a unique connection and insight into foreign cultures. Tiffany is now fluent in Spanish and German; holds an MBA and is a Doctor of Management in organizational leadership. When she is not orchestrating her company’s growth, she is usually travelling the world with her husband and co-founder.

Matthew discovered diversity from a young age, but in a profound way when he attended graduate school in Vancouver, Canada. He experienced ‘otherness’ in a new way, and a paradigm shift in his worldview. He has been actively working to bring people and communities together across differences ever since. Matthew is always willing to take risks if the results might yield an improvement to the status quo. He doesn’t just think outside of the box, he lives there. He was the co-founder of a community house in an underserved neighborhood, and a mentor to at-risk youth.

Their company, TMI Consulting, is the first Certified Benefit (B) Corporation in the diversity and inclusion industry worldwide. Values driven work is at the core of Tiffany and Matthew’s business model. TMI is a for-profit business with a nonprofit mission. Part of the triple bottom-line economy, TMI maximizes profits without marginalizing people or the planet. Tiffany and Matthew are proud to be using the power of business as a force for good as part of the global B Corp community of social enterprises.

Many of the exercises and the style of this book reflect their company’s ethos and aspirational approach to very challenging work. Diversity work is fraught with tension, and these cofounders have developed a proprietary approach to quantifying, qualifying, and energizing a difficult subject. Tiffany and Matthew prefer focusing on why diversity is an asset rather than the traditional deficit-based approach. Whether delivering a keynote, a seminar, or a plenary session, Matthew and Tiffany’s audience inevitably enjoy quite a few laughs and a greater connection to the participants in the room.

Tiffany and Matthew are raising three children and two cats together. The oldest is in college; the 17 year-old, eight year-old, and kitties live at home. Together, Matthew and Tiffany have lived, worked in, and visited 48 states, 8 Canadian provinces, and 25 countries.

You can read more about them and their work at tmiconsultinginc.com.



Visit Author Page - Matthew Freeman

Tiffany Jana and Matthew Freeman are agents of change who met at work, fell in love, and started a company together. They are each one half of an interracial couple that pride themselves on practicing racial reconciliation every day. As a white male / black female married couple, they represent one of the least statistically common marital racial pairings in the United States. They are aware of that fact because the company they co-founded focuses on diversity and inclusion, and together they are breaking ground in the development of metrics for their industry. They live and breathe diversity and are conspicuously joyous about the life they share.

Tiffany followed her mother’s lead into the world of diversity and culture change. Her mother paved the way by giving Tiffany access to life in Mexico and Germany, thereby granting her a unique connection and insight into foreign cultures. Tiffany is now fluent in Spanish and German; holds an MBA and is a Doctor of Management in organizational leadership. When she is not orchestrating her company’s growth, she is usually travelling the world with her husband and co-founder.

Matthew discovered diversity from a young age, but in a profound way when he attended graduate school in Vancouver, Canada. He experienced ‘otherness’ in a new way, and a paradigm shift in his worldview. He has been actively working to bring people and communities together across differences ever since. Matthew is always willing to take risks if the results might yield an improvement to the status quo. He doesn’t just think outside of the box, he lives there. He was the co-founder of a community house in an underserved neighborhood, and a mentor to at-risk youth.

Their company, TMI Consulting, is the first Certified Benefit (B) Corporation in the diversity and inclusion industry worldwide. Values driven work is at the core of Tiffany and Matthew’s business model. TMI is a for-profit business with a nonprofit mission. Part of the triple bottom-line economy, TMI maximizes profits without marginalizing people or the planet. Tiffany and Matthew are proud to be using the power of business as a force for good as part of the global B Corp community of social enterprises.

Many of the exercises and the style of this book reflect their company’s ethos and aspirational approach to very challenging work. Diversity work is fraught with tension, and these cofounders have developed a proprietary approach to quantifying, qualifying, and energizing a difficult subject. Tiffany and Matthew prefer focusing on why diversity is an asset rather than the traditional deficit-based approach. Whether delivering a keynote, a seminar, or a plenary session, Matthew and Tiffany’s audience inevitably enjoy quite a few laughs and a greater connection to the participants in the room.

Tiffany and Matthew are raising three children and two cats together. The oldest is in college; the 17 year-old, eight year-old, and kitties live at home. Together, Matthew and Tiffany have lived, worked in, and visited 48 states, 8 Canadian provinces, and 25 countries.

You can read more about them and their work at tmiconsultinginc.com.

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“Tiffany Jana and Matthew Freeman take a tough issue that almost immediately raises everyone's defenses and break it down in simple and practical ways. They explore simple steps to overcoming bias tailored to individuals and small groups. Just as we want to improve our appearance, attitude, or prospects for success, we can improve our ability to engage with others without the blinders of bias blocking our path.”
—Senator Tim Kaine

“This wonderful book encouraged me to look inside and be honest about biases that I didn't even realize I had. Overcoming Bias gives me hope that the biases that separate people can be changed if we're willing to put in the work. With all the discord in the world today, this is the right message at the right time.”
—Helayne Spivak, Director, Virginia Commonwealth University Brandcenter


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