The best books showing how diversity creates amazing teams and societies

The Books I Picked & Why

Inclusify: The Power of Uniqueness and Belonging to Build Innovative Teams

By Stefanie K. Johnson

Inclusify: The Power of Uniqueness and Belonging to Build Innovative Teams

Why this book?

This is the most complete take on how to bring diversity, inclusion, and belonging into your team. This is a very practical guide that shows you how to implement this process step by step. Not only does she explain how to respond to the negative tropes, but she also lays out detailed approaches to make sure your allies and angels do maximum good. A must-read if you want to avoid the common mistakes that bog down this process.


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Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World

By David Epstein

Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World

Why this book?

I love this book! It is a great book to share with individuals who might not be fully on board with the advantages of diversity and inclusion. David shows how generalists, not specialists, are more creative and agile with numerous examples from the sports world. And, how this is a trend in society as a whole. The stories are super accessible and it is an easy read.


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Yes, Chef

By Marcus Samuelsson, Veronica Chambers

Yes, Chef

Why this book?

Marcus is a world-renowned chef and I have the pleasure of working with him at The Medici Group. This is an incredibly honest take of his life and how he got here. He shares his story of what it means to be a Black chef in a non-black chef world. After finding a lack of acceptance in Europe’s kitchens he made his way to New York. There, he built the restaurant and team that reflected his dream of a diverse and multi-ethnic dining room. This is a "boots on the ground" story of the diverse world we live in and the power of embracing that. I also found his thoughts on what it means to be F.O.D. to be powerful (First Only Different).


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Teaming: How Organizations Learn, Innovate, and Compete in the Knowledge Economy

By Amy C. Edmondson

Teaming: How Organizations Learn, Innovate, and Compete in the Knowledge Economy

Why this book?

Amy coined the term psychological safety, and in this book, she tells you how to create that environment in order to build high-performance teams. This book walks you through every step needed and how to respond to the most common speed bumps when building an inclusive culture. She connects a diversity of every dimension to the process, and her work is a must-read.


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Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know

By Malcolm Gladwell

Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know

Why this book?

This book is a fantastic gateway into the power of diversity and inclusion in society. With each book, Malcolm is becoming more comfortable talking about race and the differences between people. I loved this book as it not only confronts our fears of the “other” but shows us why these interactions are so vital for the health of our society. Malcolm has a unique ability to connect stories like Sandra Bland and other tragedies to the larger picture, that something is deeply wrong with a society that can’t simply talk to each other.


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