The Conversation: How Seeking and Speaking the Truth about Racism Can Radically Transform Individuals and Organizations


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About the Author

Dr. Robert Livingston is a social psychologist and one of the nation's leading experts on the science underlying bias and racism. His research has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Harvard Business Review. For two decades, he has served as a diversity consultant to scores of Fortune 500 companies, public-sector agencies, and non-profit organizations. He has held professorships at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, and the University of Sussex. He currently serves on the faculty of the Harvard Kennedy School.


"A one-stop resource for anyone wanting to understand the causes and manifestations of racism. . . . There is nothing wishy-washy here: all assertions are backed up with research and explanations. . . . Just right for this moment. . . . invaluable . . . clear step-by-step advice."--Financial Times

"Dr. Robert Livingston is a leader in identifying steps to combat bias, and his work is a critical resource for those committed to expanding inclusion and belonging. At Airbnb we have been lucky to partner with him on these important efforts, and we know that The Conversation will be a tool for anyone seeking to advance equality."--Brian Chesky, CEO and co-founder, Airbnb

"An extraordinarily timely book. Just as companies and organizations in the U.S. and around the world are focusing anew on the entrenched bias in their culture, The Conversation comes along to offer a path forward. The Conversation is a major achievement."--Robin J. Ely, Diane Doerge Wilson Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

"Livingston has made the important and challenging task of truly addressing systemic racism within an organization approachable and achievable. These aren't easy steps, but they are essential for businesses and leaders looking to make a powerful and necessary difference."--Alex Timm, co-founder and CEO, Root Insurance Company

"With clarity and wisdom, Livingston lays out why racism is a problem, why we should care, and what we can do about it. A rare book that is not just intelligent and entertaining, but also profound and humane."--Selin Kesebir, associate professor of organizational behavior, London Business School

"Livingston's book, just like his live presentations, is one of the most compelling articulations of the problems of racism and discrimination that I have encountered."--Laura W. Murphy, civil rights activist, consultant, and former director, ACLU Washington Legislative Office

"This book should be required reading for leaders and all those who share the goal of a more equitable future."--William P. Gipson, retired Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Procter & Gamble

"After devoting decades of his life working to end systemic racism, Livingston speaks not only with authority but with a refreshing optimism."--David Gergen, CNN Political Analyst, Adviser to Four US Presidents, and Professor of Public Service at the Harvard Kennedy School

"A timely and much-needed guide for leaders who value inclusion and want to dismantle systemic racism . . . based on scientific research that is as relevant in the workplace as it is in our personal lives."--Rita Mitjans, retired chief diversity and social responsibility officer, ADP

"We all need to seek the truth and be willing to have the uncomfortable conversations necessary to transform ourselves and our organizations. Livingston's thoughtful and instructive book will help us all start these important conversations."--Mike Kaufmann, CEO, Cardinal Health