A neuroscience-based course that creates immediate and lasting impact

This training uses a simple, easy-to-remember brain framework to shed light on how unconscious bias gets hard-wired into the brain and how to activate neural networks to counteract biases.

What you will learn

This powerful training provides people and organizations with practical knowledge, tools, and techniques to understand the widespread phenomenon of unconscious bias, to deconstruct their own biases, and to more effectively recognize, navigate, and change biased policies and systems. 

This course incorporates experiential learning exercises that enable you to discern in your own mind and body, the neural mechanisms underlying unconscious bias, so that you are mindful when these mechanisms arise in your everyday life. 

It will also show you how to activate neural pathways that enable you to counteract biases and more effectively engage with people whose perspectives and backgrounds may be very different from your own.

At the end of this course, you will: 

  • Understand how the associative activation of neurons leads to the formation of unconscious bias.
  • Observe and sense how biases are marked by emotional valence and are associated with three patterns of brain activation.
  • Identify patterns for “universal” biases that are hard-wired into the human brain.
  • Understand the effects of social conditioning, power dynamics, and intersectionality on career progression and how to apply neuroscience and mindfulness to address and neutralize these effects.


Course Outline

This course is built around our original NOTE framework to deconstruct unconscious bias.

  • NOTICE the subtle signs of bias arising by being aware of associations, valence, and brain activation.

  • OPEN minds using curiosity to explore how biases are hard-wired into our “autopilot,” often as social narratives and life scripts.

  • TUNE IN to compassionately hold space to process charged emotions and calm amygdala hijacks triggered by past experiences of stigma, stereotyping, and shame.

  • ENGAGE by activating neural pathways that enable us to embody our core values and respond with wisdom and compassion to create a more effective, genuinely inclusive, and collaborative path forward.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome & Introduction

  • 2

    Step 1. Notice

  • 3

    Step 2. Open

    • Your Autopilot

    • Social Narratives & Life Scripts

    • Reflection Exercises: Social Narratives & Life Scripts

    • Us vs. Them

    • Reflection Exercise: Us vs Them

    • Dominance

    • Reflection Exercise: Dominance

    • Intersectional Inequity

    • Summary

  • 4

    Step 3. Tune In

    • The Amygdala Hijack

    • Microaggressions Activate Brain 1.0

    • Icebergs

    • Tune In Grid with Emotions

    • Reflection Exercise #1: Microaggressions & Icebergs

    • Covering

    • Reflection Exercise #2: Covering

    • Summary

  • 5

    Step 4. Engage

    • Recap

    • Brain Activation and Behaviors

    • Meditation to Engage Brain 3.0

    • Your Inner Dialogue

    • Observe Your Inner Dialogue - Exercises

    • Communicating in Brain 1.0, 2.0 & 3.0 - Case A

    • Communicating in Brain 1.0, 2.0 & 3.0 - Case B

    • Summary

  • 6

    Closing & Resources

    • Wrap & Final Reflection

    • Resources to Shift into Brain 3.0

    • How was this course?

    • Credits & Thanks


Author & Founder, Calm Clarity

Due Quach

(Pronounced ‘Zway Kwok’) An inspiring social entrepreneur and mental health advocate, Due is the author of Calm Clarity: How to Use Science to Rewire Your Brain for Greater Wisdom, Fulfillment and Joy, one of Fast Company’s best business books of 2018. Her social enterprise, also named Calm Clarity, uses neuroscience and mindfulness to guide organizations and individuals to address unconscious bias and systemic inequity, develop leadership and resilience, and foster genuine inclusion. Having started life in poverty as a refugee in inner-city Philadelphia, Due turned to neuroscience to heal the long-term effects of trauma, graduate from Harvard College and the Wharton School of Business, and build a successful international business career, before turning her focus to Calm Clarity.

About Calm Clarity

Who we are

Calm Clarity is a social enterprise guided by a vision of an inclusive society where human beings of every skin color, ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic status are valued and are nurtured to thrive, develop their full potential, and contribute their gifts and talents to the greater good. 

To help realize this vision, we share insights from neuroscience and mindfulness to show people how to train and rewire the brain to develop neural networks we refer to as "Brain 3.0" that enable people to more effectively change their inner and outer worlds to live in greater alignment with their core values and aspirations. 

To support social change, we use Brain 3.0 to illuminate and address complex social issues (such as unconscious bias, socioeconomic, racial, and gender inequality, and trauma and mental health inequity). 

We are especially committed to fostering socioeconomic inclusion. Through our social impact initiatives, we help diverse groups facing financial hardship and adversity develop and strengthen Brain 3.0 so that they can more readily change their lives, realize their potential, and positively impact their community. 

The fees from this course support our initiatives to address systemic inequities.

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