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Robin  Hauser

Robin Hauser

Director of Finish Line Features & President of Unleashed Productions

Biography

Robin is the director and producer of cause-based documentary films at Finish Line Features and President of Unleashed Productions. Robin’s award-winning film, CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, premiered at Tribeca Film Festival 2015, and has caught the attention of the international tech industry and of policy makers and educators in Washington, DC and abroad. Read More >

Robin’s most recent documentary, bias, explores unconscious bias and how it affects us socially and in the workplace. She delivered a TED talk about the impact of unconscious bias on artificial intelligence, and has spoken at the White House, on Capitol Hill, and at conferences worldwide on topics including diversity and inclusion, the importance of ethical AI, and gender equality.

Robin has been featured in international publications: Forbes, Fortune, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Fast Company, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, USA Today, Wired, Marie Claire, San Francisco Business Times and has appeared on Bloomberg TV, CNN, NPR, CNBC. Robin is currently a diplomat for American Film Showcase and has screened her films at US embassies on multiple continents. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

TED Institute: Can We Protect AI from Our Biases?

Tech It Out 2017: Bias (Documentary)

Unconscious Bias in the Workplace

Speech Topics

Unconscious Bias in the Workplace

By nature, humans are biased – but these biases unconsciously influence professional culture and policies that perpetuate racial and gender disparities in hiring, promotion and performance. What can companies do to reduce the impacts of bias on their employees?

Bias in Artificial Intelligence

Humans are unconsciously programming bias into AI, resulting in algorithms that depict a skewed version of reality. For example, job posting sites are less likely to recommend prestigious roles to women, and predictive sentencing tools used in courtrooms are almost twice as likely to predict recidivism for African Americans than whites. What leads to this algorithmic bias, and what can be done to mitigate it?

The Pay Gap

Women make on average 79% of white men’s earnings. For African American women, that number drops to 63%, and for Latina women it drops to 54%. Why is there such a pay gap, and what can companies do to narrow it?

Diversity & Inclusion in Tech

There is a dearth of women and people of color in the computer science and technology fields. What is responsible for this lack of diversity and how can companies encourage inclusion?

The Funding Gap

As of summer 2017, US-based Venture Capitalists invested only 4% of funds to women-founded startups. Why aren’t Venture Capitalists investing equitably in women? What can entrepreneurs do to increase their chances of getting funded, and what will convince investors to take a chance on someone that doesn’t “fit the pattern”?

Male Allies

What does it mean to be a “male ally?" How can men – both professionally and socially – be supportive in reducing expressions of gender bias and creating a more equitable playing field for women? How do we recruit such male allies?

Retention of Women

Women tend to leave the workforce at higher rates than men. How do phenomena such as the Competence-Likability Dilemma and the “Mommy Penalty” contribute to women leaving the workplace, and how can companies create supportive policies to retain female employees?

Female Empowerment

Robin’s last two films, CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap and bias, explore the female experience in traditionally male environments, how successful women thrive amidst gendered challenges, and the benefits that female empowerment brings to workplaces, industries, and society.

Documentary Filmmaking

Robin has directed and produced three feature-length documentaries: Running for Jim (2013),CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap (2015), and bias (2018) and one short film, Tino (2018).

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