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Inclusive Conversations: Fostering Equity, Empathy, and Belonging Across Differences

Mary-Frances Winters

Effective dialogue across different dimensions of diversity, such as race, gender, age, religion, or sexual orientation, fosters a sense of belonging and inclusion, which in turn leads to greater productivity, performance, and innovation. This guide is comprehensive for anyone who wants to break down the barriers that separate us and facilitate discussions on potentially polarizing topics.

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Book Information

Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Publish Date: 07/28/2020
Pages: 192
ISBN-13: 9781523088805
ISBN-10: 152308880X
Language: English

What We're Saying

December 03, 2020

These are the 40 books we found represent the year best in one way or another. They help us make sense of the challenges 2020 has presented us with, understand the depths of the existing cracks it has exposed in our society, and offer solutions to solve the many truly monumental challenges we face—together. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

December 22, 2020

We will be announcing the overall winner of the 2020 Porchlight Business Book Awards on January 14. Until then, we thought we'd take a look back at the rest of the books on the list. Today, we have the runners up in the Management & Workplace Culture category, and a look inside the book we chose as the best among them. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

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"What is impressive is not only how Winters builds a case for the urgency and need for bold, inclusive conversations but that she also gives specific strategies and competencies to turn her theory into practice."
--Dr. Sheila Robinson, publisher and CEO, Diversity Woman Media

Effective dialogue across different dimensions of diversity, such as race, gender, age, religion, or sexual orientation, fosters a sense of belonging and inclusion, which in turn leads to greater productivity, performance, and innovation. Whether in the workplace, faith communities, or educational settings, our differences can tear us apart rather than bring us together if we do not know how to communicate. Recognizing our collective responsibility to earnestly address our differences and increase understanding and empathy will not only enhance organizational goals but will also lead to a healthier, kinder, and more compassionate world.

Award-winning diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant Mary-Frances Winters has been leading workshops on what she calls Bold, Inclusive Conversations for years. In this book she offers specific dialogue strategies to foster greater understanding on the following topics:

  • Recognizing the importance of creating equity and sharing power
  • Dealing with the "fragility" of dominant groups--their discomfort in engaging with historically subordinated groups
  • Addressing the exhaustion historically marginalized groups feel from constantly explaining their different lived experience
  • Exploring how to build trust and create psychologically safe spaces for dialogue

This guide is comprehensive for anyone who wants to break down the barriers that separate us and facilitate discussions on potentially polarizing topics.

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