NOLA SHRM’s Diversity Book Club was launched in June of 2020, with the goal of initiating discourse on difficult topics. The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee is committed to increasing our members’ skills in having these conversations.
Our first book club read was “We Can’t Talk About That at Work, by Mary France Winters. November’s discussion profiled How To Be Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. We kicked off 2021 with a lively and informative discussion of Let Them See You by Porter Braswell. The committee will host book club discussions once a quarter. Be sure and check back often for new titles and authors! In the meantime, if you have suggestions, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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“Conversations about taboo topics happen at work every day. And if they aren’t handled effectively, they can become polarizing and divisive, impacting productivity, engagement, retention, teamwork, and even employees’ sense of safety in the workplace. In this concise and powerful book, Mary-Frances Winters shows how to deal with sensitive subjects in a way that brings people together instead of driving them apart. She helps you become aware of the role culture plays in shaping people’s perceptions, habits, and communication styles and gives detailed guidance for structuring conversations about those things we’re not supposed to talk about. Preparation is crucial—but so is intent. Winters advises you to “come from your heart, learn from your mistakes, and continue to contribute to making this a more inclusive world for all.” Read more about the author.
“Ibram X. Kendi's concept of antiracism reenergizes and reshapes the conversation about racial justice in America--but even more fundamentally, points us toward liberating new ways of thinking about ourselves and each other. Instead of working with the policies and system we have in place, Kendi asks us to think about what an antiracist society might look like, and how we can play an active role in building it. How to Be an Antiracist promises to become an essential book for anyone who wants to go beyond an awareness of racism to the next step of contributing to the formation of a truly just and equitable society.” Read more on about the author.
“Porter Braswell is the CEO and cofounder of Jopwell — the leading career advancement platform for Black, Latinx, and Native American students and professionals — which he cofounded based on his experiences as an African American navigating corporate America. Through the insights gained as an employee and from hearing thousands of stories from the Jopwell community, it became clear to Braswell that a different set of rules apply to professionals of color as they seek career success. Let Them See You is a collection of Braswell’s straight-talking advices and mentorship for diverse careerists, from college students to midlevel professionals. It’s also an invitation for diversity champions to listen in on the guidance and perspective Braswell provides, particularly for young diverse workers — the population that will make up the majority of the US workforce by 2030.” Read more about the author