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12 books on diversity and inclusion coming out in the first half of 2020 that every leader should have on their radar

Published by Business Insider on Thu, 16 Jan 2020


Reading books is one of the top ways business leaders stay abreast of what's important.In the #MeToo era, and amid a growing need for inclusion, it's important executives educate themselves on diversity and inclusion.Here are 13 titles every executive should know about, including sure-to-be talked about titles like "Whistleblower" by former Uber engineer Susan Fowler and "#MeToo in the Corporate World."Click here for more BI Prime stories.It's no coincidence prominent leaders from Warren Buffett to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella are known for their voracious reading habits. Keeping a pulse on the latest thought leadership helps successful people become more knowledgeable, inclusive, and creative.In then age of #MeToo andan increasingly diverse workforce, it's important executives hear the latest thought-provoking stories and arguments in diversity and inclusion. Thankfully, the new year brings no shortage of exciting books in this space that deserve a spot on bookshelves everywhere.Here are several titles coming out this year you might want to preoder.SEE ALSO:10 management books that will help you lead in 2020"Edge" by Laura HuangMost people think success comes from the absence of obstacles and shortcomings, but Harvard Business School professor Laura Huang has a different theory. In "Edge," Huang argues that success is really about confronting your perceived shortcomings and turning them into assets.Publish date: Jan. 28Find it here "#MeToo in the Corporate World" by Sylvia Ann HewlettThe #MeToo movement has changed nearly every industry in the US. Now, it's time for the movement to become more inclusive, economist and author Sylvia Ann Hewlett argues in her latest work. The book provides context for corporate leaders, reveals new data on sexual harassment in the workplace, and gives advice on how to make environments safer for marginalized people.Publish date: Jan. 28Find it here "The Power of Disability" by Al EtmanskiOne in four Americans has a disability, yet representation of their storiesespecially their stories of successis largely underrepresented. Al Etmanski, disability activist, community organizer, and author, seeks to change that in "The Power of Disability." His forthcoming book offers 10 lessons everyone can learn from notable figures with disabilities including Greta Thunberg, Stephen Hawking, and more.Publish date: Feb. 4Find it here "Breaking the Silence Habit" by Sarah BeaulieuIn order for work environments to eliminate sexual harassment and respond to it effectively, more employees and leaders are going to have to start having uncomfortable conversations. That's according to Sarah Beaulieu, who works with companies to create safe workplaces. Her book outlines steps leaders can take to make change. Publish date: Feb. 25Find it here "In the Land of Men" by Adrienne MillerAt 22, Adrienne Miller got her break in the literary world when she landed an editorial assistant job at GQ. There, she learned how to make it in a man's world. She'd then go on to Esquire as the first female literary editor, where she developed a close friendship with famed literary author David Foster Wallace. "In the Land of Men," is a moving memoir about how a young woman found success in a male-dominated workplace.Publish date: Feb. 11Find it here "Whistleblower" by Susan FowlerIn 2017, Susan Fowler wrote a blog post detailing the sexual harassment and retaliation she experienced while at Uber. The post went viral and ultimately led to the oustingof Uber CEO Travis Kalanickand starting a wave of institutional changes within Silicon Valley tech companies. In the highly anticipated book, Fowler reflects on everything that happened since she went public.Publish date: Feb. 18Find it here "Bridging Differences for Better Mentoring" by Lisa Z. Fain and Lois J. ZacharyAs the US workforce becomes more diverse, more mentors and mentees may come from different backgrounds. So how does one bridge the cultural gap' Authors Lisa Fain and Lois Zachary go through examples to illustrate how to become more aware, understanding, and effective in connecting with others.Publish date: Feb. 25Find it here "Able" by Dylan AlcottDylan Alcott is a three-time Paralympic gold medallist, Grand Slam tennis champion, and DJ who wants to change the way the world sees people with disabilities, as well as how people with disabilities see themselves. His inspiring book shows that for any one thing you may not be able to do, there are thousands of other things you can.Publish date: March 10Find it here "Subtle Acts of Exclusion" by Tiffany Jana and Michael BaranJust because it's 2020, doesn't mean racism and other forms of prejudice in the workplace are things of the past. Sometimes bias comes out in the form of microaggressions, or indirect, often unintentional expressions of racism, sexism, ageism, or ableism. In this useful guide, Tiffany Jana and Michael Baran go through what to avoid saying and how to address microaggressions if you witness or experience them.Publish date: March 10Find it here "Divergent Mind" by Jenara NerenbergJenara Nerenberg was shocked to find out that what she thought was anxiety was actually autism and ADHD. In her book, "Divergent Mind," Nerenberg examines why neurodiversity is often overlooked in women and society in general, and how we can include neurodiversity more in society.Publish date: March 24Find it here "The Economic Case for LGBT Equality" by M. V. Lee BadgettHomophobia and transphobia aren't just hurting LGBTQ communities, they're harming the economy, according to M. V. Lee Badgett, professor of economics and the former director of the School of Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In her book, Badgett uses data to show how equality is good for businesses, communities, and economies. Publish date: May 19Find it here "Inclusify" by Stefanie JohnsonManagement expert Stefanie Johnson describes how employees have two basic desires: to fit into a group and to stand out as individuals. "Inclusify," provides a roadmap for leaders to bring out the best in others by not just embracing differences, but including them in workplace policies, in other words "inclusifying."Publish date: June 2Find it here
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