Belle Curve is brought to you by HigherEchelon, Inc. – find HigherEchelon at and on LinkedInTwitter, and Facebook.Belle Curve Book Club Episode is coming up in early June, and we will be doing Wonder Girl – The Magnificent Sporting Life of Babe Didrikson Zaharias. This is one of Mary Scott’s all-time favorite books and a great, inspiring summer read! You will be a little bit better for knowing Babe’s story.

Today we are talking about the mental shortcuts we take, most of them unconsciously, to make sense of and navigate and organize our worlds. These shortcuts can be useful to us in some ways and on the other hand, as we know, these mental shortcuts can be harmful if they lead to unhealthy biases in hiring, in the workplace, in the court system, etc. 

It’s an important topic that affects us all so we are thrilled to have a special guest joining us today, a sociologist, to unpack this and teach us about the various types of heuristics and implicit biases — Dr. Donnie Horner.

Donnie is a uniquely seasoned leader, consultant, advisor, and administrator with multifaceted experiences in academe, the private sector, and the military. His academic experiences range from Instructor to Department Head to endowed chair to tenured Professor to Provost. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point where he was an Army football QB. He holds multiple degrees – an M.S. in Transportation from MIT, an M.A. and Ph.D.  in Sociology (Organizational Theory) from Stanford . He has taught at a number of universities including Stanford, West Point, Penn State, the University of Maryland, the US Naval Academy, Jacksonville University and more. As a career Army officer, Horner commanded a battalion during conflict in Bosnia, a CONUS battalion, and a company during conflict in Panama.

He has extensive experience consulting with Fortune 500 companies in the areas of organizational culture, organizational change, leadership, high performing teams, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. And has worked at the most senior levels in government and the military, including the Office of the President, the Secretary of Defense, and the Army Chief of Staff.Donnie is also Senior VP at HigherEchelon, Inc. leading up the Human Capital Services division.
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