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"The Leader's Guide to Unconscious Bias" 
Pamela Fuller and Mark Murphy with Anne Chow
We’re all biased, but when we identify and understand our biases, we can overcome them. This book has more than 30 tools to help you recognize and move past your own biases. That includes a list of ways to identify and reframe your unconscious thoughts.

"35 Dumb Things Well-Intended People Say: Surprising Things We Say That Widen the Diversity Gap" 
Dr. Maura Cullen
Have you ever heard yourself or someone else say: "Some of my best friends are... (Black, White, Asian, etc.)"? "I don't think of you as... (Gay, Disabled, Jewish, etc.)"? "I don't see color, I'm colorblind"? These statements and dozens like them can build a divide between us and the people we interact with. Though well-intended, they often widen the diversity gap sometimes causing irreparable harm personally and professionally. If you've ever wanted to be more effective in your communication with others, or have been afraid of saying the wrong thing, then this concise guide is essential to becoming more inclusive and diversity-smart.

“Subtle Acts of Exclusion: How to Understand, Identify, and Stop Microaggressions” 
Tiffany Jana and Michael Baran
By reframing microaggressions as “subtle acts of exclusion,” the authors make it easier to identify acts that may have previously been unnoticed. Jana and Baran also provide clear tools, scripts and action plans to help you address discrimination.

"Better Allies: Everyday Actions to Create Inclusively, Engaging Workplaces" 
Karen Catlin
If you are looking to develop a workplace culture where employees are flourishing, engagement survey scores are high, and people from different abilities, ages, sexual orientations, ethnicities, backgrounds, and genders are hired and set up for success, then this book is for you. Better Allies describes how to assist and advocate for coworkers of various backgrounds, sexual orientations, genders, colors, abilities, identities, and ages.

“Inclusion Revolution: The Essential Guide to Dismantling Racial Inequity in the Workplace” 
Daisy Auger-Domínguez
The first step to leveling up your DEIB program is understanding where your initiatives fall short. This book explores the limitations of popular approaches to DEI and can help you identify well-intended programs that often fail completely. Auger-Domínguez also presents a research-based roadmap for managing companies in a racially inclusive way.

“Demystifying Disability: What to Know, What to Say, and How to Be an Ally” 
Emily Ladau
DEIB isn’t just about race. People with disabilities represent 15% of the world’s population. However, lack of accommodations and understanding uphold ableism. This guide helps you learn how to avoid these pitfalls, how to talk about disability, how to create accessibility and much more.

"The Remix: How to Lead and Succeed in the Multigenerational Workplace" 
Lindsey Pollak
The term “diversity” encompasses not only gender and color but also age. There are currently four generations in the workforce, each with their own ideas and work habits. Managing life phases and degrees of experience can be difficult. The Remix is a handbook for leading many generations without estranging any of them. The book includes suggestions for bridging communication, cultural, and value barriers and eliciting the highest performance from all age groups.

"Diversity in the Workplace: Eye-Opening Interviews to Jumpstart Conversations about Identity, Privilege, and Bias" 
Bärí A. Williams
The book “Diversity in the Workplace” collects personal tales of minority workplace experiences. While many diversity publications focus on single identities, “Diversity in the Workplace” acknowledges Intersectionality and the disparities in the experience of being a member of many minority groups. Religion, race, ability, age, and gender are just a few distinguishing factors discussed in the book. At the end of each segment, there is an opportunity for reflection and suggestions for having productive talks about inclusion with coworkers.

“Diversity Beyond Lip Service: A Coaching Guide for Challenging Bias” 
La’Wana Harris
In this book, Harris shares her “inclusion coaching” approach, which helps companies and individuals do the work to prepare, implement and sustain inclusive organizational cultures.

“The Wake Up: Closing the Gap Between Good Intentions and Real Change” 
Michelle MiJung Kim
This book enables readers to assess where they are as an ally today, then helps readers move forward by exploring their reasons for committing to DEI work. Kim shares hard questions you can ask to test your commitment to DEIB, which can help you guide your organization to get real results in this area.