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Wilson County Breakfast Meeting

February 21, 2019
7:15 AM - 9:00 AM
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Holiday Inn Express & Suites
565 S Mt Juliet Rd,
Mt. Juliet, TN 37122

What Does Unconscious Bias Have to Do with Communication & Relationships
Presented by Megan Johnson-Rox, MA, CLC, Chief, JMJ Communication Group

How do you know if your perception of someone's words or behavior is accurate or not? It becomes clear pretty quickly when you get angry, hurt, annoyed, aggravated, offended, insulted, etc. Our perceptions are naturally biased because what affects our perceptions are our beliefs, values and past life experiences. Our perceptions can often be incorrect, so checking your perception is necessary to having good communication and good relationships. It also helps you see that your perception of others, is just that, a perception and not the “truth” or the only way of seeing/understanding something. It’s you who makes meaning from someone’s words, non-verbals and behavior, not them. Successful communication is when the meaning that the person sending the message intended to send is understood by the listener/viewer exactly as the sender meant.

Unconscious bias is a popular term that has many applications. Our perception of other's communication and behavior involves many things that we’re not aware of. It’s unconscious. The definition of bias is "an inclination of outlooka personal judgment”. That’s what perception is: your outlook and judgement. So when I talk about unconscious bias, I’m referring to our perception and everything that affects our perception, our beliefs, values, past experiences, etc. When you are aware of what is controlling how you view the world and others, you can take control of it. You will start to see your communication and relationships change for the better when you become aware of your perception and not let it unconsciously control your reactions to others and the world around you.

Learning outcomes:

  1. You will better understand your own bias in your daily interactions with others,
  2. You will learn to become more aware of your perception and how it is affecting your relationships. 

All good communication and relationships start with an accurate perception – a perception about what the person meant by their words &/or actions.

Schedule: Doors open at 7:00 am for registration and networking. Buffet breakfast begins at 7:20 am, and the presentation starts promptly at 8:00 am. 


  • Members: $18 by end of business Monday, February 18, $28 afterwards.*
  • Future Members: $29 by end of business Monday, February 18, $39 afterwards.* (See below)**
  • MT|SHRM Students: $9 by end of business Monday, February 18, $15 afterwards.*

*On-line registration will close by end of business 2 days prior to the event. Our ability to accommodate walk-in registrations will be based on space availability.

This program has been awarded 1 hour of General HR recertification credit. "MT|SHRM is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDC's) for the SHRM-CP and SHRM SCP. The use of this seal is not an endorsement by the HR Certification Institute of the quality of the program. It means that this program has met the HR Certification Institute's criteria to be pre-approved for recertification credit."

Biography:  Megan Johnson earned her MA in Organizational and Intercultural Communication from DePaul University. Her passion and expertise is in teaching people to recognize their biases and use it to work and communicate better with colleagues, teammates, etc.... She has 15 years of experience in research and teaching of culture and communication. She has conducted trainings and seminars in interpersonal, intercultural, organizational and team communication, as well as conflict management and public speaking. She has co-developed organizational culture assessments while working at the American Medical Association and partnered with the Joint Commission and AHA. She managed assessments for 16 hospitals around the country, including conducting qualitative and quantitative research (staff and leadership focus groups and interviews), and analyzing all results and creating a final report with summarized data and recommendations for areas of improvement. She has delivered cultural competence training to staff and clinicians in healthcare organizations. 

Megan is also a certified coach through the Radiant Coaches Academy, has published many articles, including JAMA, as well as co-authored personal development books. She has given presentations on her research at national and global professional organization's conferences in the fields of healthcare, communication, and coaching. 

She lives in Nashville with her husband, toddler and cat. She loves writing and performing music with her band, Scale Model

** Up to $45 of any Guest registration may be applied towards a new 1-year MT|SHRM Membership within 60 days of the event attended.  Please call Shannan at (615) 499-5150 to take advantage.


$28.00 MT|SHRM Member Ticket
$18.00 Earlybird rate before February 19

$39.00 Future Members
$29.00 Earlybird rate before February 19

$15.00 MT|SHRM Student Ticket
$9.00 Earlybird rate before February 19