March 6, 2020

6 Essential Reads on Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion continue to be some of the most talked about issues amongst executives and employees alike. While much is said, the below research shows a need to move beyond talk to action.

Want to drive change inside your organization? Whether you’re a seasoned board member or new to the workforce, we’ve compiled some of our favorite resources to inform your thinking and inspire your own leadership.

Why does diversity and inclusion matter?

Delivering Through Diversity | McKinsey & Company

This McKinsey research is some of the most cited – and most powerful – on the link between gender, ethnic, and cultural diversity and company financial performance.

How Diversity Makes Us Smarter | Scientific American

And there’s real science behind why it matters, too. This oldie but goodie written by the late Professor Katherine W. Phillips of Columbia Business School examines how groups with diversity of race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation are more innovative and creative than homogeneous ones.

The Diversity and Inclusion Revolution: Eight Powerful Truths | Deloitte

Based on work with 50 organizations around the world, representing a footprint of more than 1 million employees, Deloitte provides a compelling case for inclusive culture at all companies. 

What can I do?

As a human…

The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias | Dolly Chugh

If you believe in diversity and inclusion, and want to do more to create a positive change, start here. NYU Stern Professor Dolly Chugh offers an evidence-based look at how to battle biases and advocate for those who lack power and privilege.

As a manager…

Getting Over Your Fear of Talking About Diversity and How the Best Bosses Interrupt Bias on Their Teams | Harvard Business Review

HBR is a tremendous resource on diversity and inclusion best practices but these two recent pieces provide a practical and thoughtful framework for managers to improve their approaches and tackle issues that are too often ignored.

As an executive or board member…

What I Told Congress: How America’s Big Banks Can Improve Their DE&I Efforts and 2019 Inclusion Index | Diversity Best Practices

Subha V. Barry, President of Working Mother, Diversity Best Practices, and the National Association of Female Executives, shares candid feedback on what more companies can be doing to hold themselves accountable for driving more meaningful diversity and inclusion.

Looking for more?

IT higher ed association Educause offers an incredibly comprehensive list of D&I book recommendations, while the Center for Talent Innovation offers great supporting research for the many facets of diversity in the workplace.