Alexis McGill Johnson
Cofounder & Executive Director, Perception Institute
Biography
Alexis is the cofounder and Executive Director of the Perception Institute, a consortium of social science researchers and culture-makers who turn cutting-edge mind science research about identity differences into solutions that can be applied to everyday individual and institutional interactions.

She has codesigned interventions, trainings, and evaluations to help organizations communicate across difference, disrupt cycles of biased behavior, and integrate practices of fairness and opportunity. She has led several initiatives to leverage brain science to transform narratives around race and gender.

Johnson is a frequent commentator on FOX News, CNN, MSNBC, and in the press. She holds degrees from Princeton and Yale Universities has taught political science at both Yale and Wesleyan Universities.
Alexis McGill Johnson
Cofounder & Executive Director, Perception Institute
SPEAKER FILM
Alexis McGill Johnson — Examining the Hidden Self: How Implicit Bias Manifests
Alexis McGill Johnson — Examining the Hidden Self: How Implicit Bias Manifests

What kinds of stories should we be telling? One classic narrative we all know is the classic rags-to-riches story. A disenfranchised protagonist overcomes all odds to rise above their means. Sound familiar? Unfortunately, this type of narrative actually reinforces marginalization by painting it as the normative experience. Preying upon our implicit biases, these stories do more harm than good. Alexis McGill Johnson, Executive Director and cofounder of the Perception Institute, believes that in order to overcome implicit bias we need to look at the science of bias.