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Career GPS: Strategies for Women Navigating the New Corporate Landscape – Ella LJ Edmondson Bell, Linda Villarosa, Publisher: Amistad; Reprint edition (January 4, 2011)

ISBN-10: 0061714399  ISBN-13: 978-0061714399

Whether you’re looking at the CEO seat, an executive manager slot, or a more intrapreneurial position, Career GPS has what every woman needs to achieve her career goals. An authority on career development, Dr. Ella L. J. Edmondson Bell, Ph.D., offers valuable guidelines and essential tips for maximizing a review, networking in a relevant way, and much more. Combining Dr. Bell’s knowledge and expertise with dozens of first-person stories from female achievers who rose through the ranks, Career GPS will guide women of all cultures, ages, and range of experience to success at every level in a dynamic new corporate marketplace.

Cracking the Corporate Code: The Revealing Success Stories of 32 African-American Executives – Price M. Cobbs, MD and Judith L Turnock Publisher: AMACOM; Special edition (April 21, 2003)

ISBN-10: 0814431135 ISBN-13: 978-0814431139

“Over the last few decades, advances by African-Americans in the business world have been both impressive and well-documented. But even a cursory glance at the statistics — not to mention a look around most corporations — reveals that, despite much progress, minority executives are still relatively few and far between. Whether in the form of insensitivity, change-averse corporate cultures, socio-economic factors, or outright racism, African-Americans still face very real obstacles along the path to professional success. To many, these obstacles have seemed insurmountable, and their careers have foundered. But to thousands of others, these challenges have been an invitation to excel, and their accomplishments have been worthy of both praise and emulation. Cracking the Corporate Code delves deeply into the lives and careers of 32 such notable professionals. These are not the men and women usually cited: the high-profile government officials, the legendary civil rights pioneers, or the megastar athletes who have leveraged their on-field success into positions of leadership.

Managing Diversity: A Complete Desk Reference and Planning Guide – Lee Gardenswartz, Anita Rowe, Publisher: Irwin Professional Pub (December 1992)

ISBN-10: 1556236395  ISBN-13: 978-1556236396

Managing Diversity: A Complete Desk Reference and Planning Guide. Experts Lee Gardenswartz and Anita Rowe arm you with all the ready-to-use tools and techniques you need to conduct diversity audits for determining potential management problems within your firm… design an effective diversity program that fits your specific needs… recruit, train, mentor and promote culturally diverse employees.

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful – Marshall Goldsmith, Mark Reiter, Publisher: Hachette Books; Revised ed. edition (January 9, 2007)

ISBN-10: 9781401301309  ISBN-13: 978-1401301309

The corporate world is filled with executives, men and women who have worked hard for years to reach the upper levels of management. They’re intelligent, skilled, and even charismatic. But only a handful of them will ever reach the pinnacle — and as executive coach Marshall Goldsmith shows in this book, subtle nuances make all the difference. These are small “transactional flaws” performed by one person against another (as simple as not saying thank you enough), which lead to negative perceptions that can hold any executive back. Using Goldsmith’s straightforward, jargon-free advice, it’s amazingly easy behavior to change.

La Nueva California: Latinos from Pioneers to Post-Millennials – David Hayes-Bautista Publisher: University of California Press; Second Edition, Revised edition (February 7, 2017)

ISBN-10: 0520292537  ISBN-13: 978-0520292536

Since late 2001 more than fifty percent of the babies born in California have been Latino. When these babies reach adulthood, they will, by sheer force of numbers, influence the course of the Golden State. This essential study, based on decades of data, paints a vivid and energetic portrait of Latino society in California by providing a wealth of details about work ethic, family strengths, business establishments, and the surprisingly robust health profile that yields an average life expectancy for Latinos five years longer than that of the general population. Spanning one hundred years, this complex, fascinating analysis suggests that the future of Latinos in California will be neither complete assimilation nor unyielding separatism. Instead, the development of a distinctive regional identity will be based on Latino definitions of what it means to be American.

Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling – Jane Hyun Publisher: HarperBusiness; Reprint edition (April 11, 2006)

ISBN-10: 0060731222  ISBN-13: 978-0060731229

As the ethnic minority with the largest percentage of college graduates, many Asian Americans do enter the professional workforce. However, many of them seem to stall in their careers and never make it to the corner offices.  Leading executive coach Jane Hyun explores how traditional Asian values can be at odds with Western corporate culture. By using anecdotes, case studies, and exercises, Hyun offers practical solutions for resolving misunderstandings and overcoming challenges in an increasingly multicultural workplace. This timely book explains how companies will benefit from discovering and supporting the talents of their Asian employees and shows Asians how to leverage their strengths to break through the bamboo ceiling.

Dance of Leadership: Mastering the Art of Making a Difference Using Your Unique Style – Robin Denise Johnson Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (May 2, 2013)

ISBN-10: 1484801482  ISBN-13: 978-1484801482

The Myth: The Heroic Strategist. Our current image of a masculine, take-charge heroic leader with a visionary strategic plan who goes unerringly for the goal. The Reality: Chaotic change and influence without authority. We have multicultural women and men often leading in chaos, in situations with limited authority, or by influencing others from behind the scenes. The Solution: Inclusive leadership. A broader definition of leadership that looks at a wider range of traits, skills, and situations to inspire actual and potential leaders to be more effective in today’s world. Dr. Robin offers practical ways to discover, develop and use your unique leadership style.

Men and Women of the Corporation - Rosabeth Moss Kanter Publisher: Basic Books; 2 edition (November 3, 1993)

ISBN-10: 9780465044542   ISBN-13: 978-0465044542

In this landmark work on corporate power, especially as it relates to women, Rosabeth Moss Kanter, the distinguished Harvard management thinker and consultant, shows how the careers and self-images of the managers, professionals, and executives, and also those of the secretaries, wives of managers, and women looking for a way up, are determined by the distribution of power and powerlessness within the corporation.

The New Disability History: American Perspectives – Paul Longmore Publisher: New York University Press (March 1, 2001)

ISBN-10: 0814785646  ISBN-13: 978-0814785645

Coupling empirical evidence with the interdisciplinary tools and insights of disability studies, the book explores the complex meanings of disability as identity and cultural signifier in American history.

Mentoring Diverse Leaders: Creating Change for People, Processes and Paradigms – Audrey Murrell and Stacey Blake-Beard Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (March 24, 2017)

ISBN-10: 1138814334  ISBN-13: 978-1138814332

Mentoring Diverse Leaders provides up-to-date research on the impact of mentoring relationships in organizations, particularly as they relate to cultivating diverse leadership. Contributions from experts in the fields of psychology, business, law, non-profit management, and engineering draw connections between mentoring research, theory, and practice in both domestic and global organizations. Rather than standing apart from the broader goals and objectives of these organizations, they demonstrate the ways mentoring for diversity actually drives innovation and change, talent management, organizational commitment, and organizational success.

America’s Competitive Secret: Women Managers – Judy B. Rosener Publisher: Oxford University Press; Revised ed. edition (December 4, 1997)

ISBN-10: 0195119142  ISBN-13: 978-0195119145

The United States has a large number of well educated, experienced professional women ready, willing and able to move into the boardrooms and executive suites of corporate America. Together they represent a great, untapped economic resource, a resource no other country in the world can claim. This is America’s competitive secret, argues Judy B. Rosener in this refreshingly pragmatic new book for managers who want to improve their bottom line.

A Primer on Minority Serving Institutions – Andrés Castro Samayoa, Marybeth Gasman Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (January 28, 2019)

ISBN-10: 1138369136  ISBN-13: 978-1138369139

Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs)―specifically Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs)―have carved out a unique niche in the nation, serving the needs of low-income, underrepresented students of color. Covering foundational topics relating to MSIs, chapter authors explore how salient issues across the landscape of higher education play out within the MSI context.

Auténtico: The Definitive Guide to Latino Career Success – Andrés Tomás Tapia, Dr. Robert Rodriguez Publisher: Latinx Institute Press (October 18, 2017)

ISBN-10: 194622958X  ISBN-13: 978-1946229588

Dr. Robert Rodriguez and Andrés Tomás Tapia call the “4% Shame”—the low percentage of Latino corporate executives today. Autentico: The Definitive Guide to Latino Career Success digs deep to understand the external forces of conscious and unconscious biases, and the internal forces that create tensions for many Latinos about whether to assimilate, opt out, or double down on their cultural identities in their quest to get ahead.

Our Separate Ways: Black and White Women and the Struggle for Professional Identity – Ella LJ Edmondson Bell, Stella M. Nkomo, Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press (June 19, 2001)

ISBN-10: 1578512778 ISBN-13: 978-1578512775

In Our Separate Ways, authors Ella Bell and Stella Nkomo take an unflinching look at the surprising differences between black and white women’s trials and triumphs on their way up the corporate ladder. Based on groundbreaking research that spanned eight years, Our Separate Ways compares and contrasts the experiences of 120 black and white female managers in the American business arena. In-depth histories bring to life the women’s powerful and often difficult journeys from childhood to professional success, highlighting the roles that gender, race, and class played in their development.

Straight Jobs, Gay Lives – Annette Friskopp, Sharon Silverstein, Publisher: Touchstone; 1st Touchstone Ed edition (May 11, 2010)


“The workplace has become the next frontier for gay rights, ” stated a Fortune magazine cover story, and this book — based on a series of groundbreaking interviews with more than 100 gay and lesbian alumni of the Harvard Business School — is the most complete and most in-depth study ever made of gay and lesbian managers, executives, and employees in this country.

Emotional Intelligence for Managing Results in a Diverse World: The Hard Truth About Soft Skills in the Workplace – Lee Gardenswartz, Jorge Cherbosque, Anita Rowe, Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing (September 11, 2008)

ISBN-10: 0891062556  ISBN-13: 978-0891062554

Whether working across time zones from here to Dubai or encountering differences with teammates in the next office, anger and frustration are easy to come by when others don’t do things our way, follow directions, or respond the way we think they should. And when emotions manage our relationships with others—especially in the workplace—conflict, disengagement, and low morale result. Emotional Intelligence for Managing Results in a Diverse World offers managers, supervisors, and team leaders alike a proven approach to capturing and using the energy of emotions to bridge difference, turn difficult relationships into satisfying ones, and create a healthier workplace and more effective organizations.

Diverse Teams at Work: Capitalizing on the Power of Diversity - Lee Gardenswartz, Anita Rowe, Publisher: Society For Human Resource Management; annotated edition edition (April 1, 2003)

ISBN-10: 1586440365 ISBN-13: 978-1586440367

Strategies for making differences in work teams an asset, not a liability are provided in this practical guide. Team members are helped to understand and make the most of their differences and to overcome barriers to achievement that are sometimes the result of diversity. More than 50 worksheets provide teams, team leaders, trainers, and consultants with processes, guidance, and tools to learn how to diversify groups while building relationships. An appendix provides an annotated list of resources, including books, training activities, and videos that are helpful in developing group members and training team leaders.

Black Rage – William H. Grier, MD and Price M. Cobbs, MD, Publisher: Basic Books; 2 edition (March 6, 1992)

ISBN-10: 0465007015  ISBN-13: 978-0465007011

The first book to examine the full range of black life from the vantage point of psychiatry, this widely acclaimed work has established itself as the classic statement of the desperation, conflicts, and anger of black life in America today. Black Rage tells of the insidious effects of the heritage of slavery; describes love, marriage, and the family; addresses the sexual myths and fears of blacks and whites; chronicles how the schools fail the black child; examines mental illness among black people and the psychic stresses engendered by discrimination; and, finally, focuses on the miasma of racial hatred that envelops this country, why it exists, and what will surely happen if it is not soon dispelled.

Latino Gross Domestic Product Report – David Hayes-Bautista, Werner Schink and the Latino Donor Collaborative, Publisher: Latino Donor Collaborative

The Latino Donor Collaborative Finds the American Hispanic Population Have Eighth Largest Global GDP, Driving U.S. Workforce and Economic Growth

Flex: The New Playbook for Managing Across Differences – Jane Hyun, Audrey S. Lee, Publisher: HarperBusiness (March 25, 2014)

ISBN-10: 0062248529   ISBN-13: 978-0062248527

Renowned executive coaches and global leadership strategists Jane Hyun and Audrey S. Lee offer lessons on the vital skill of “Flexing”—the art of switching leadership styles to more effectively lead people who are different from you, allowing managers to successfully manage the multicultural workers of today and tomorrow.

Multicultural Teams: Creating and sustaining an environment for learning from perspective diversity that maximizes team effectiveness – Robin Denise Johnson, Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (May 2, 2013)

ISBN-10: 1484818067  ISBN-13: 978-1484818060

Multicultural Teams outperform other teams when you need creativity, commitment and buy in – but only if they are designed and managed well. This book will explain how to design and manage your multicultural team well, and how to create and sustain a learn-from-differences environment.

Claiming Disability: Knowledge and Identity – Simi Linton Publisher: NYU Press; 58324th edition (January 1, 1998)

ISBN-10: 0814751342  ISBN-13: 978-0814751343

Claiming Disability is the first comprehensive examination of Disability Studies as a field of inquiry. Disability Studies is not simply about the variations that exist in human behavior, appearance, functioning, sensory acuity, and cognitive processing but the meaning we make of those variations. With vivid imagery and numerous examples, Simi Linton explores the divisions society creates—the normal versus the pathological, the competent citizen versus the ward of the state.

Mentoring Dilemmas – Audrey Murrell, Robin Ely, Faye Crosby, Publisher: Psychology Press (March 1, 1999)

ISBN-10: 0805826327  ISBN-13: 978-0805826326

The world is continually changing. As organizations become more diverse, the need to recognize and develop talent within others becomes more critical and more complex. Herein lies the fundamental dilemma that parties to these important relationships face. 

Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threaten Democracy – Cathy O’Neil Publisher: Broadway Books; Reprint edition (September 5, 2017)

ISBN-10: 0553418831  ISBN-13: 978-0553418835

We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly, the decisions that affect our lives—where we go to school, whether we get a car loan, how much we pay for health insurance—are being made not by humans, but by mathematical models. In theory, this should lead to greater fairness: Everyone is judged according to the same rules, and bias is eliminated.  But as Cathy O’Neil reveals in this urgent and necessary book, the opposite is true. The models being used today are opaque, unregulated, and uncontestable, even when they’re wrong. Most troubling, they reinforce discrimination: If a poor student can’t get a loan because a lending model deems him too risky (by virtue of his zip code), he’s then cut off from the kind of education that could pull him out of poverty, and a vicious spiral ensues. Models are propping up the lucky and punishing the downtrodden, creating a “toxic cocktail for democracy.” Welcome to the dark side of Big Data.

Workforce America! Managing Employee Diversity as a Vital Resource – Judy B. Rosener, Marilyn Loden Publisher: McGraw-Hill (1991)


How to recognize and rectify problems that can inhibit the full participation of a diverse workforce and create an environment that capitalizes on the creativity and richness that increased diversity offers.

Making Black Scientists: A Call to Action – Marybeth Gasman, Thai-Huy Nguyen Publisher: Harvard University Press (August 13, 2019)

ISBN-10: 0674916581  ISBN-13: 978-0674916586

Americans have access to some of the best science education in the world, but too often black students are excluded from these opportunities. This essential book by leading voices in the field of education reform offers an inspiring vision of how America’s universities can guide a new generation of African Americans to success in science.

The Inclusion Paradox: The Post Obama Era and the Transformation of Global Diversity - Andrés Tomás Tapia Publisher: Korn Ferry Institute (March 28, 2018)

ISBN-10: 1946229857  ISBN-13: 978-1946229854

Andrés T. Tapia, Senior Client Partner and Global Workforce, Inclusion and Diversity Practice Leader at talent and leadership management consulting firm, Korn Ferry, examines how today’s hyper-diverse world of the Obama Era and beyond has been transforming policy agendas, marketplace penetration, and workforce management—and what those changes mean for our future.

Breaking Through: The Making of Minority Executives in Corporate America – David A. Thomas and John J. Gabarro Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press; 1st edition (June 1999)

ISBN-10: 0875848664  ISBN-13: 978-0875848662

In one of the first in-depth studies to focus on minorities who have made it to the top, Breaking Through examines the crucial connection between corporate culture and the advancement of people of color. American companies may tout their equal opportunity initiatives, but with 95% of all executive-level positions in the United States held by white males, most of these programs clearly fall far short of their goals when it comes to diversifying upper management. Yet, even in the face of such overwhelming odds, some minority executives do break through to the highest leadership ranks. What can we learn from these success stories?

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