How to Be an Inclusive Leader: Your Role in Creating Cultures of Belonging Where Everyone Can Thrive

This is not simply a book. It’s a call to action.

We know why diversity is important, but how do we drive real change at work?

In this book, diversity and inclusion expert Jennifer Brown provides a step-by-step guide for the personal and emotional journey we must undertake to create an inclusive workplace where everyone is welcomed, valued, respected, and heard.

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Award-winning entrepreneur, speaker, diversity and inclusion consultant, and author

I’ve spent over fourteen years guiding organizations as a workplace diversity and inclusion consultant to help them skip right past the “why” of diversity and get straight to the “how” in order to spark real change.

As a woman and a member of the LGBTQ community, I understand what it means for an individual to minimize or hide aspects of their true self in the workplace for fear of not being fully embraced. In my early years as a professional, I personally faced similar challenges in the workplace. But my journey has given me the courage to not only be myself, but to share my experiences and passion for advocacy to help organizations and individuals contribute to their fullest potential.

This book was born out of my realization that very few books show how to actually create a diverse and inclusive workplace for all. My goal with this book is to help companies and individuals transform how they see diversity & inclusion, and create spaces in which people no longer feel like “the only”, but instead welcomed, valued, respected, and heard.


“I’ve long valued the modern lens through which Jennifer approaches diversity and inclusion. How to Be an Inclusive Leader lends a long-overdue voice to inclusive leadership in the new workplace.”

—Tia Silas, Vice President, Global Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, IBM

“The reality is that we can all do more to make our teams and workplaces more inclusive, and this important book shows actual steps for making this happen.”

—Mike Robbins, Author of Bring Your Whole Self to Work

“Finally, a book that acknowledges that allyship is a continuum and that all of us should up our advocacy constantly, like working a muscle. The situational examples allow us all to dress rehearse how we’ll meet these moments when they come up in real life. A must-read for anyone committed to a world where we all belong and contribute fully.”

—Kat Gordon, Founder and CEO, The 3% Movement

“Jennifer skillfully, with a visceral and purposeful approach, exhibits her masterclass global expertise as the leading authority on developing a culture of belonging by offering us the very pragmatic Stages of the Inclusive Leader Continuum and reminding us that our journey begins with a series of important steps.”

—H Walker Director, Global Diversity, Inclusion & Community Engagement, McDonald’s Corporation

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