9:35 – 10:25 am

Implicit Bias and Microaggressions

Taren Greenidge, Partner at Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP,  will lead a discussion with students about implicit bias and microaggressions in schools. This session will include examples of how to identify personal biases, and will examine how these biases and microaggressions are displayed, and tools and tips to overcome them.


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Taren Greenidge is a Partner at Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete LLP, a national law firm exclusively devoted to representing management in every aspect of labor and employment law.  Taren has extensive knowledge in labor and employment laws that she has developed while representing a wide range of clients from locally-owned small businesses to Fortune 100 companies.  Taren defends employers in a broad facet of employment matters including harassment, discrimination, wage and hour claims, workers’ compensation, handbook policy creation, and client counseling for compliance with federal, state, and local laws.  She works diligently to advocate for her clients and to provide them with zealous defense and representation.  Fortune 500 companies regularly call upon Taren to represent their company both in court and before state agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New York State Division of Human Rights, and the Department of Labor.  She has quickly established herself as an expert in the area of labor and employment law. In 2022, Taren made history when she became the first Black woman to be made partner at a national law firm in Rochester, New York. 


Taren is not only a passionate defender in the courtroom, she also has a passion for her community.  She has served on the Urban League of Rochester Board of Directors since 2011.  In 2012, Taren founded the Rochester Black Young Professionals (BYP), an auxiliary of the Urban League of Rochester, to create a forum for young professionals of color to socialize, network and serve their community.  The organization has grown to more than 60 members and has a reach of approximately 1,500 in the Rochester community.  Taren’s vision, hard work, and dedication to making a meaningful impact has led this organization to be a successful pillar for young professionals of color in Rochester.  Taren is also a member of the Board of Directors of Dress for Success Rochester, the Rochester Black Bar Association Foundation Board, the Sisters of St. Joseph Foundation Board, and the Rochester Chamber of Commerce Women’s Council Board. 


In her free time, Taren works with high school students going through the college application process to assist them in preparing all necessary materials and documentation to increase their chances in pursuing a college education.  She mentors these students while they transition to college and continue to work towards attaining their professional and academic goals. 


Taren’s hard work and leadership has been noted in all of the Rochester, New York newspapers including The Daily Record, the Democrat and Chronicle and the Rochester Business Journal.  She has also been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including The Daily Record’s Up & Coming Attorney Award in 2013, the Rochester Black Bar Association’s Excellence in Leadership Award in 2014 based on her continuous commitment to local bar associations and the Rochester community. In 2014, she received the Rochester Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 Award which recognizes top business professionals for their leadership and commitment to the community.  In 2016, Taren was selected as a “Woman to Watch” by the Democrat & Chronicle and highlighted for the impact she has had in her Rochester community. She also received the Daily Record’s Top Women in Law Award in June of 2016.  In 2019, she was the recipient of the inaugural IGNITE Future Leader’s Award from the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, an award that recognizes a young leader who is lighting a spark in the Rochester/Finger Lakes region with their professional and community leadership. In November 2019, she was honored as a Top Leader in Law by The Daily Record. She has been recognized by Best Lawyers – Ones to Watch since 2020. She also was the recipient of the Women of Excellence Award in 2022. 


Taren is a Rochester native and graduated cum laude from Spelman College with a B.A. in Economics and Political Science in 2007 and also obtained her J.D. from Duke University School of Law in 2010.