Topics We Explored:
- When getting leaders and insiders to enact lasting change, we need to focus on DEI efforts on the moral case, just as much, if not more than, the business case
- Up to 75% of change management efforts fail, especially the top-down-led ones — so if you are an insider, you can push on other insiders to lead differently
- Why we should recognize that the differences between us are ones we should face and name, rather than sweep them under the rug
- The journey of understanding others is challenging and may reveal things about ourselves that we never expected, so being patient, humble, and transparent about our experience is important
- Jennifer’s Challenge: get comfortable with being uncomfortable
“If you are an insider, you can push on other insiders to lead differently.” — Jennifer Brown (Tweet this)
Links and Resources Mentioned in This Episode:
- Jennifer Brown
- How to Be an Inclusive Leader by Jennifer Brown
- DEI Deconstructed: Your No-Nonsense Guide to Doing the Work and Doing It Right by Lily Zheng
- bell hooks
About Jennifer Brown:
Jennifer Brown (she/her) is an award-winning entrepreneur, speaker, author, and diversity and inclusion expert who is deeply passionate about building more inclusive workplaces where more of us can feel welcomed, valued, respected, and heard. As the Founder and CEO of Jennifer Brown Consulting (JBC), a certified woman- and LGBT-owned firm, Jennifer and her team design and execute inclusion strategies implemented by some of the biggest companies and nonprofits in the world. She is also the bestselling author of two books, Inclusion: Diversity, The New Workplace, and The Will to Change (2017) and How To Be An Inclusive Leader: Your Role in Creating Cultures of Belonging Where Everyone Can Thrive (2019), a shortlist winner of the O.W.L. Award and winner of the 2019 Nautilus Book Awards’ Business & Leadership category. The Second Edition, released October 4, 2022, addresses some of the most pressing challenges of our times and takes a deeper dive into complex topics including identity, privilege, and equity. With more than 50% new content, it provides an effective roadmap to help individuals navigate through their journey to become inclusive leaders. The Second Edition was one of the titles chosen by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) for the AUPHA Bugbee-Falk Student Book Award for 2022. She also recently co-authored a groundbreaking book on diversity, equity, and inclusion in society with thought leader and fellow bestselling author, Rohit Bhargava. The book, Beyond Diversity: 12 Non-Obvious Ways To Build A More Inclusive World, is a 2022 Axiom Award Gold Medal Winner in the Women/BIPOC Category, a Wall Street Journal bestseller, a 2022 Nautilus Silver Award Winner in the Multicultural and Indigenous Category, a 2022 Hermes Creative Awards Platinum Winner, a 2022 Foreword Indies Awards Finalist in the Multicultural Category, and one of Inc Magazine’s 22 Books to Read (or Reread) in 2022. Jennifer’s podcast, The Will to Change, is downloaded by nearly 15,000 listeners per month, and she is a sought-after keynote speaker and expert for leading research institutions and business schools. She lives in New York City with her partner of over 20 years, Michelle. You can learn more at www.jenniferbrownspeaks.com.
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