Leveraging EQ to Identify and Reduce Bias Implicit bias can impact a broad range of decisions and interactions --- from recruitment and retention to development and promotion. Left unacknowledged, implicit bias can undermine an organization’s commitment to both excellence and meritocracy. Identifying and reducing implicit bias is a challenge for the best of organizations and there is no silver bullet or quick fix. It starts with the willingness to notice patterns and challenge the status quo. Emotional intelligence (EQ), which involves selfawareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management can be an important tool in recognizing and reducing implicit bias. Individuals with higher levels of EQ are more likely to notice patterns, explore assumptions and modify behavior. This presentation will explore the neuroscience research on implicit bias, look at how it shows up in day-to-day interactions and explore how organizations can leverage EQ to identify and interrupt bias.