Top DEI Audiobooks for the Workplace

Diversity, equity, and inclusion—most often referenced in acronym form—is a popular framework adapted by companies to ensure that the workplace sets employees from all backgrounds up for success. When implemented properly, a DEI program provides guidance to combat bias, even the playing field, lead fairly, and create space for difficult but necessary conversations.

The key to successful DEI implementation is that it is an ongoing process, requiring continual work and involvement from everyone at a company. One of the ways to ensure this is through continued education.

Enter for Business: our in-house program that allows companies to invest in professional and personal development for their employees through audiobooks. What’s more, companies choose a bookstore (or several!) to support, and directs a percentage of the revenue to them. (You can learn more about how this program works and the impact here.)

If you’re looking for audiobooks to spark conversation, inspire book clubs, and promote self-education, explore these picks by top companies that have implemented DEI and for Business in their workplace.

1. How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

From the National Book Award–winning author of Stamped from the Beginning comes a “groundbreaking” (Time) approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society—and in ourselves.

How to Be an Antiracist

By Ibram X. Kendi • Narrated by the author

2. Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi

This remarkable reimagining of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning reveals the history of racist ideas in America, and inspires hope for an antiracist future. 

3. So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo

So You Want to Talk about Race is a current, constructive, and actionable exploration of today’s racial landscape, offering straightforward clarity that readers of all races need to contribute to the dismantling of the racial divide.

4. Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America by Ijeoma Oluo

Ijeoma Oluo exposes the devastating consequences of white male supremacy on women, people of color, and white men themselves, and investigates the real costs of this phenomenon in order to imagine a new white male identity—one free from racism and sexism.

5. Unapologetically Ambitious by Shellye Archambeau

Full of empowering wisdom from one of Silicon Valley’s first female African-American CEOs, this inspiring leadership book offers a blueprint for how to achieve your personal and professional goals.

6. The Culture Map by Erin Meyer

In The Culture Map, INSEAD professor Erin Meyer is your guide through this subtle, sometimes treacherous terrain in which people from starkly different backgrounds are expected to work harmoniously together. 

7. It’s About Damn Time by Arlan Hamilton

From a Black, gay woman who broke into the boys’ club of Silicon Valley comes an empowering guide to finding your voice, working your way into any room you want to be in, and achieving your own dreams.

8. Choose Possibility by Sukhinder Singh Cassidy

An indispensable guide to decision-making and risk-taking for anyone who finds themselves afraid of making a wrong choice in their career. 

9. The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker

From the host of the New York Times podcast Together Apart, an exciting new approach to how we gather that will transform the ways we spend our time together—at home, at work, in our communities, and beyond.

10. Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad

Based on the viral Instagram challenge that captivated participants worldwide, Me and White Supremacy takes readers on a 28-day journey, complete with journal prompts, to do the necessary and vital work that can ultimately lead to improving race relations.

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