The Must Watch Diversity and Inclusion Ted Talks Every Leader Should Watch-2021


Written by Jacq

August 2, 2021

Back in 2020, we provided our readers with five Ted Talks that focused on steps that leaders can take to foster a more diverse and inclusive environment for their employees. Since then, we have gone through remote, hybrid, and back to in-office work environments. However, the issue of diversity and inclusivity in any workspace continues to rise. In today’s fast-paced world, a healthy working environment is critical; more diversity results in a healthy workplace. Take a look at these five new Ted talks to learn how to successfully lead an organization by integrating diversity, inclusion, and belonging into your culture.


1. How to get serious about diversity and inclusion in the workplace

What if people of all colors and races were able to climb the corporate ladder? How to get serious about diversity and inclusion in the workplace is a Ted Talk where Stovall outlines a three-part action plan for creating more inclusive workplaces where people can feel safe and be their authentic selves.

Rosalind Brewer

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2. How to foster true diversity and inclusion at work (and in your community)

Rosalind G. Brewer, COO of Starbucks, addresses the elephant in the room: companies’ focus on metrics when it comes to thinking of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Watch this Ted talk with TED current affairs curator Whitney Pennington Rodgers, as Brewer invites leaders from all spaces to rethink their approach to fostering a truly diverse and inclusive work culture.


3. The rigged test of leadership

We’ve heard of the glass ceiling, but what happens after we shatter it only to be stopped? Enter the glass cliff: a situation where once you assume your leadership role, you find there are limited chances to succeed beyond your new position. In this Ted talk, equality activist Sophie Williams explains why we need to ensure success in leadership based on different research-backed arguments and what we can do in order to ensure that everyone has equal access.


4. How reverse mentorship can help create better leaders

When we think of leadership and mentorship, we usually think of senior roles as mentors. In Gordon’s narrative, she challenges that thought process with a “reverse mentorship program” where she provides 6 tips to make reverse mentorship work for your workplace.  

5. Why corporate diversity programs fail — and how small tweaks can have big impact

DEI expert Joan C. Williams breaks down five common patterns of bias that cause the billion-dollars worth of DEI programs that most U.S. companies initiate to fail and offers data-driven approaches to target where initiatives go wrong and how to remedy them.

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