For more than a decade, Steve has been a featured speaker at business conferences worldwide. He is much sought after for his powerful and engaging presentation style. His widely acclaimed seminar MicroInequities: The Power of Small has been embraced by over 20% of Fortune 500 corporations in 35 countries, in every region of the world and is being touted by corporate America as the new paradigm for diversity and leadership.
His work has been published in numerous business articles and recognized in a wide range of business publications, including The Wall Street Journal and Time Magazine and Harvard Business Review’s Management Newsletter. His program was also featured by Oprah Winfrey in two issues of her “O” Magazine.
McGraw-Hill published his top-selling book, Micromessaging: Why Great Leadership is Beyond Words.
As former Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at JPMorgan Chase, Mr. Young managed the firm’s diversity strategy worldwide. Under his leadership, the company garnered numerous awards for its diversity initiatives, including the Catalyst Award, Fortune Magazine’s Top 50 Companies for Minorities Award, the Best Companies Award from Working Mother Magazine, and DiversityInc Magazine’s designation as the #1 company for diversity.
Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase, Stephen was Vice President for Diversity with Merrill Lynch. He is a former staff member of the Rutgers University Graduate School of Management, has served on the Diversity Committee for the United Way of America and as an Advisory Board member to the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Wall Street Project. He is the former Chairman of the Securities Industry Association’s Diversity Committee and Board member of Scholastic’s Alliance for Young Writers and Artists. Additionally, he served on his local Board of Education.
- Micromessaging: Why Great Leadership is Beyond Words
- MicroInequities: Managing Unconscious Bias™
The Microlnequities: Managing Unconscious Bias™ program focuses on techniques for identifying and managing Unconscious Bias in the workplace. The session keys into Microlnequities which represent the tangible manifestations of our unconscious bias and how we send messages across businesses, borders and cultures.
The program instructs participants how to drive rapid behavior change, incorporate this skill into the realm of routine workplace interactions and measurably raise business leadership and diversity performance. The Microlnequities program goes beyond traditional diversity; it gets to the DNA of culture change by enabling people to master the skills of sending, receiving and interpreting messages that drive behavior. It sits squarely at the core of great leadership and performance.
The program shifts internal filters to identify Microlnequities, resulting from our unconscious biases. The process begins with an interactive exercise revealing our unconscious bias regarding the ways we define the leadership skills that motivate employee performance. Repeated sending or receiving of negative micromessages, Microlnequities, results in exponential erosion of workforce effectiveness. It's these very messages that often cause colleagues who receive them to question their value and ultimately their commitment to a business.
Conversely, well-crafted and constructive micromessages MicroAdvantages, have an equally powerful positive effect that promotes loyalty and heightened performance.
Participation in the Microlnequities program has a unique outcome. It generates genuine buy-in. Participants report returning to work with the immediate ability to apply the skills and techniques learned in the program, experiencing instantaneous improvement in the quality and productivity of daily interactions in the workplace.