Unpacking Implicit Bias: What it Is, What it Means & Why We Have It

Interview by
Diane Danvers Simmons
Natalie Simmons
Published on
September 30, 2020

In this episode...

In Episode 21 we explore ‘unconscious bias’ with filmmaker Robin Hauser, producer of the documentary ‘Bias,’ and her daughter Holland Reynolds. Implicit bias: we all have it, so why and how does it define us on a daily basis and impact our relationships at home, in workplaces and in society? We unpack what we learn about our own biases, discuss what we can do better and ask—can humans de-bias their brains?


Robin Hauser

Robin is an award-winning director of documentary films including, "bias", which delves into unconscious bias and how it affects our lives socially and in the workplace.

Holland Reynolds

Holland is responsible for fundraising from current and prospective Limited Partners for a private equity firm in the Bay Area. Holland also leads HGGC’s diversity and inclusion initiatives.


2.00 Diane and Natalie introduce today's topic and how Diane met Robin

5.45 We meet our guests - Robin & Holland

7.30 Natalie asks about Holland’s career

9:00 Robin shares how she started out interviewing people about unconscious bias on the street

11.00  Robin and Diane share what they each learned about their own biases

12.00 We discuss how much of our bias is because of societal influences and experiences 

13.30  Natalie poses the question, how much of our bias then is based on nature versus nurture?

17.00 Robin shares how we can try and mitigate bias

18.00 The ladies discuss the generational differences and associations in bias.

20.00 The role of parents when it comes to teaching children about bias

20.00  The ladies discuss gender roles in our families and the language we use around children based on gender

24.30 The women move onto the topic of diversity & inclusion

28.50  Robin addresses how difficult all of this is and gives an example of how this plays into our police force, because as humans we learn from experiences.

30.30 As the episode comes to a close, Diane asks Robin to share the most surprising things she learned through the process of making the film.

32.00 Holland shares how this experience as Robin's daughter through the making of this documentary gave her the tools to become a more powerful woman in her job.

33.00  Robin and Holland answer our ‘live it, action question”  - what they believe is most valuable and we can do to affect change?

34.35  Natalie asks for the groups perspective on the “Karen”

35:00 The ladies come back and end with the core message - “slow down”, don’t make quick rash judgements, think before you speak, we can all do it. It’s not a 100% cure, but we can all try

Other resources from Robin Hauser

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/robin.hauser226

Website: finishlinefeaturefilms.com

Instagram: @Rubie226

Twitter: @Rubie226

Bias Documentary Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXfxU7JaRu8

Watch, "bias" at biasfilm.com

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