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Diversity, Inc.: The Failed Promise of a Billion-Dollar Business

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An award-winning journalist shows how workplace diversity initiatives have turned into a profoundly misguided industry--and have done little to bring equality to America's major industries and institutions.

Diversity has become the new buzzword, championed by elite institutions from academia to Hollywood to corporate America. In an effort to ensure their organizations rep
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 22nd 2019 by Bold Type Books
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Erin
Aug 28, 2019 marked it as to-read
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Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
***I was granted an ARC of this via Netgalley from the publisher.***

Today, diversity is a hot topic in the United States. It is the topic of countless corporate meetings, professional workshops and online discussions. There are college programs for people who want to learn how to be diversity czars in the workplace. There is much talk over how far we have come since the last century. However, journalist Pamela Newkirk in her new book Diversity, Inc: The Failed Promise of a Billion-Do
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Lauren
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
"During more than three decades of my professional life, diversity has been a national preoccupation. Yet despite decades of handwringing, costly initiatives, and uncomfortable conversations, progress in most elite American institutions has been negligible. [...] Why, after five decades of countless studies, public pledges, and high-profile initiatives, is diversity lagging in most elite fields? And why do many White Americans believe that racial progress has been much better than the numbers suggest?
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"Progress won't come without us being uncomfortable. People want to believe we can have diversity and not really get uncomfortable...It requires incumbent leaders and managers to change their behavior and practices. It means that institutions have to change incentive structures and to fundamentally interrogate their own behavior."- Darren Walker, The Ford Foundation president Diversity is today's hot topic and "trend" but has anything really changed and has the nation moved far enough in the rig ...more
Dorothy Moran
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Pamela Newkirk’s compelling book, Diversity, Inc. The Failed Promise of a Billion-Dollar Business, offers a fresh look at diversity efforts in Hollywood, higher education, and corporate America.
With surgical precision, and supported by irrefutable data, Newkirk’s gripping analysis eloquently raises questions, diagnoses the problem, and offers a bold prescription for the realization of meaningful diversity and inclusion.
This is the book I’ve been waiting for. It’s a must read!
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Lindsay Anne
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
picked this up for personal and professional reasons, author does a GREAT job supporting the narrative with hard data without causing analysis paralysis.

From my personal HR experience, we often don’t have a seat on the table and/or leaders don’t value the HR side of the business and some HR people just don’t care. This profession has to do better.
Theodore Kinni
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
5 stars for exposing the fact that decades of lip service to diversity and inclusion in business, media, academia, and sports have left us pretty much where we started in Lyndon Johnson's Great Society. 3 stars for the prescriptive advice for getting beyond it.
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