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Book Review: How to be an Inclusive Leader: Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown’s second edition of ‘How to be an INCLUSIVE Leader’ expands on her first book by including more examples and even more ideas and guidance.

The story of diversity, equity, and inclusion is so much deeper, more profound, and more complex than most of us realize, and yet, is equally a story of love, acceptance, recognition, and appreciation for the very diversity that makes us ‘each’ unique.

We each have a ‘Voice’ – let us use it for inclusion and love.

The book is educational and helps identify that is OK not to have all the answers; that being in stage 1 in one aspect, yet stage 4 in another is all part of the journey. The book makes learning and growing into an inclusive leader non-judgmental and without blame; the book allows everyone, no matter where they came from, to grow into Inclusivity and open their eyes to a wonderful new way of being.

"Intersectionality is a word I had not heard before, but its very construct allows for ALL to meet and intersect in understanding, acceptance, and growth no matter how many aspects of them they bring to the table of life."

Jennifer’s book is a guide, a tool, a method, and for that very reason, needs to be out and about; it needs to be dog-eared with pages furled as it is used so much as a reference guide, an instrument of learning and of more importantly, of becoming. This is a book that can and perhaps should be given to every new member of staff in their welcome pack.

I highly recommend the book for both the neophyte and the experienced diversity leader as both will take away more understanding, wisdom, and, more importantly, how to truly embrace and lead ‘inclusivity.

This guide will teach you to always look at how to grow, how to gather, how to tell stories, and how to share – We are ONE – we always were – we always will be – this book provides the pathway to that absolute truth.

Dina O'Reilly is 4xi's "Blogger in Residence," strategic growth leader, and head of 4xi's Project Management Office (PMO) practice.


About the Author

Jennifer Brown is an award-winning entrepreneur, speaker, diversity and inclusion consultant, and author.

As the successful founder, president, and CEO of Jennifer Brown Consulting, headquartered in New York City, Jennifer is responsible for designing workplace strategies that have been implemented by some of the biggest companies and nonprofits in the world.

She has harnessed more than 14 years of experience as a world-renowned diversity and inclusion expert through consulting work, keynoting, and thought leadership.

Jennifer has spoken at many top conferences and events such as the International Diversity Forum, the Global D&I Summit, the Forum for Workplace Inclusion, the NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference, the Out & Equal Workplace Summit, Emerging Women, as well as at organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the NBA, Google, IBM, and more.

She is the bestselling author of; Inclusion: Diversity, The New Workplace and The Will to Change and a new book, How To Be An Inclusive Leader: Your Role in Creating Cultures of Belonging Where Everyone Can Thrive.

Jennifer is the host of the popular weekly podcast, The Will to Change, which uncovers true stories of diversity and inclusion.

She is also the proud recipient of several accolades, having been named Woman of the Year by Pace University, Social Entrepreneur of the year by the NYC National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), one of the Top 40 Outstanding Women by Stonewall Community Foundation, and NYC Controller Bill Thompson’s LGBT Business Owner of the Year. She has also been a finalist for both the Wells Fargo Business Owner of the Year Award and for Ernst & Young’s Winning Women Program.

As a successful entrepreneur, Jennifer has been featured in media such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, AdWeek, Bloomberg Businessweek, Forbes, Inc., CBS, and many more.


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