Resource Library

THIS INFORMATION IS INTENDED AS A RESOURCE FOR REMAINING UP TO DATE ON DISCUSSIONS AND RESEARCH PERTAINING TO OUR MISSION OF ADVANCING WOMEN LEADERS.

Advancing the Work of Unconscious Bias: Resources and Tools

Reading Materials and Infographics
Books

  • The Guiding Questions of The Boston Club. See below.
    • Organizational growth comes with interaction, care, good listening and asking good questions. These factors are particularly helpful for integrating diverse and inclusive behaviors. These questions apply to the design, planning, execution and outcome of all organized TBC activity.
  • Banaji, M. & Greenwald, A. (2013). Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People. New York: Delacorte Press
    • The title’s “good people” are the many people – the authors included – who strive to align their behavior with their good intentions. The aim of Blindspotis to explain the science in plain enough language to allow well-intentioned people to better achieve that alignment. Venturing into this book is an invitation to understand our own minds.
  • DiAngelo, Robin. (2018). White Fragility – Why it’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism
    • In this “vital, necessary, and beautiful book” (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and “allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to ‘bad people’ (Claudia Rankine).
  • McLarin, Kim (2019). Womanish-A Grown Black Women Speaks on Love and Life. New York: IG Publications.
    • Book of essays that explains what it means to be a black women in today’s turbulent times, trying to come to terms with the world around her, and of a society trying to come to terms with black women.
  • Plummer, Deborah (2019), Some of My Friends Are…The Daunting Challenges and Untapped Benefits of Cross-Racial Friendships. Boston: Beacon Press.
    • Plummer uses her decades of experience as a practicing psychologist and chief diversity officer to demonstrate the ways we are all denying ourselves the opportunity to grow individually and as a more equitable society when we fail to value cross-racial friendships.
  • Rothstein, Richard (2017) The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America
    • A powerful and disturbing history of residential segregation in America…. One of the great strengths of Rothstein’s account is the sheer weight of evidence he marshals…. While the road forward is far from clear, there is no better history of this troubled journey than The Color of Law.”
      – David Oshinsky, New York Times Book Review
  • Sherman, Laurie (2020)  Chasing Social Justice: How Do We Advance the Work that Matters Most?  
    • We encourage you to read The Boston Club member Laurie Sherman’s new book, awarded first place by Writer’s Digest for 2020 non-fiction.
  • Wilkerson, Isabel (2020) Caste: The Origins of our Discontents
    • What is caste? According to Wilkerson, “caste is the granting or withholding of respect, status, honor, attention, privileges, resources, benefit of the doubt, and human kindness to someone on the basis of their perceived rank or standing in the hierarchy.” Racism and casteism do overlap, she writes, noting that “what some people call racism could be seen as merely one manifestation of the degree to which we have internalized the larger American caste system.”

Articles and Videos

Understanding Oppression

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/hard-truth-realities-women-color-workplace-juliette-c-mayers/

Decolonizing DEI Work, A Call to Action

Ros, Sokeo:  Sokeo Ros, From Refugee Camp to Project:  A Cambodian Lullaby

  • New York Times 1619 American Slavery Project
    • NYT Aug 23, 2019 – Four hundred years ago, in August 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in the English colony of Virginia. … “YouTube of PBS Overview.”

The Boston Club Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Guiding Questions      (6.29.19)
The growth of any organization comes with interaction, care, good listening and asking good questions. These factors are particularly helpful for integrating diverse and inclusive behaviors. The questions below can be used in the design, planning, execution and projected outcomes of all planned activities of The Boston Club.

Responses to any of these questions provide stories, learning moments, context, and a baseline for measuring your group’s inclusive initiative. While diversity is a rich term with broad meaning, we emphasize visible diversity – a particular challenge for this Club. As we improve this aspect we become more effective with all underrepresented areas of club diversity.

How to use these questions: a- Choose relevant questions as guidelines in planning and in conducting your meetings. b- Then use them again to review the success of a completed action. For committee work, please use to create specific agenda items that help you monitor and revisit your own committee progress.  “Activity” below is synonymous with any program/meeting/initiative/forum/panel/session/etc.

Thank you for your time. Your responses are equally valuable in building a higher quality, more inclusive, and more relevant Club.

  1. How diverse is (was) the planning group for this activity?
  2. How are/were issues of diversity and inclusion aligned with the goal/objectives of the activity?
  3. How diverse are/were the voices leading the agenda for the activity?
  4. What planning/recruiting will occur/did occur to encourage a diverse attendance?
  5. How are/were members being encouraged to invite guests of color?
  6. How diverse was the attendance, both of members and guests?
  7. How does (did) this activity help members with issues of D&I: In their own organization(s)?                                In their personal lives?
  8. How were issues of diversity included during the activity or in Q&A or discussion that followed?
  9. What collaboration can occur/occurred with other groups/persons to bring in more diversity?
  10. Is there anyone outside of the Club that you might keep in mind for future contact or membership?
  11. What can the Club offer to this activity that improves its image to professionals of color and other underrepresented groups?

The Boston Club Diversity and Inclusion Statement
Within The Boston Club, diversity is the recognition of and valuing of differences among groups, including and not limited to race, religion, class, age, gender, sexual orientation, mental and physical challenges, and work/life balance issues. Inclusion is the action of diversity, how we live, our respect for others and how we effectively utilize our leadership to promote the advancement of all women.

A diverse membership ensures the richness and vibrancy of ideas, topics and approaches. Ultimately, diversity and inclusion enhance the quality of experience, round out the membership and develop leadership depth.

Professional Advancement

Research/articles

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Proclamation
On December 7, 2016, Governor Charlie Baker proclaimed the month of January 2017 to be Women’s Leadership Month. Here is a list of action items you can undertake.

Women’s Leadership Development
Mercer survey shows most employers lack a strategy for developing women leaders.

Defend Your Research: What Makes a Team Smarter? More Women
The finding: There’s little correlation between a group’s collective intelligence and the IQs of its individual members. But if a group includes more women, its collective intelligence rises.

New Insights on Global Leadership Development
Global leadership is generally just thought of as the highest level of each competency.

Organizations

The Babson Center for Women’s Leadership offers programming and develops research dedicated to advancing the entrepreneurial leadership of women across organizations worldwide.

Catalyst is a leading advocacy and research organization that works with businesses and the professions to build inclusive environments and expand opportunities for women at work.

National Association of Women Executives provides education, networking and public advocacy in support of the advancement of women in business.

Board Representation

Research/articles

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Census Reports

The Boston Club’s Census of Women Directors and Chief Executives of Massachusetts’ Largest Nonprofit Organizations

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The Boston Club’s Census of Women Directors and Executive Officers of Massachusetts Public Companies

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ION’s Status Report on Women Directors and Executive Officers in Multiple Regions of the United States

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