It can be a challenge for boards to know where to start in the process of building a culture of inclusion. As you begin, it is important to establish ways that all board members can learn together. Inherent in our interactions with each other and in our decision-making is our unconscious bias. Unconscious bias is the result of information, attitudes and stereotypes that influence our thinking at a subconscious level of awareness. Unconscious bias helps us to create “mental shortcuts” to process the immense amount of information that we process every day. While such processing is a critical part of human functioning, the shortcuts we take and the biases that inform those shortcuts often introduce errors into our decision-making. Each of us is subject to unconscious bias, and it is an area of shared experience.