authors@mit presents "Diversity Dividend"

Thursday, November 02, 2023 at 6:30pm

Building 14, The Nexus (14S-130) or online
160 MEMORIAL DR, Cambridge, MA 02139

Author Paola Cecchi-Dimeglio in conversation with Amy Edmondson, Professor of Leadership & Management, Harvard Business School 

From entry-level to the boardroom, what works to create large-scale change in organizations looking to accelerate their diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts and reap financial benefits.

Every leader endeavors to invest in and manage their key asset—talent—to be as high-performing as possible. Like a winning stock, successful diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) actions pay back over time. That dividend is paid both to the company—through not only higher performance but also talent acquisition, training, and other savings—and to society in general. In Diversity Dividend, Paola Cecchi-Dimeglio offers a fresh, detailed look at how to realize gender and racial equity along the company-employee pathway—from attracting and interviewing applicants to onboarding, promoting, and sustaining hires—and how to remove systemic barriers at the organizational level that prevent women and underrepresented groups from advancing.

While other books have delved into DEI and the challenges inherent in sustaining successful efforts, no book has done so in concert with the depth and scope of data, basis in science, and application in the real world. In Diversity Dividend, Cecchi-Dimeglio artfully combines accessible anecdotal cases—where success was achieved or where, despite best intentions and efforts, things did not go as expected—with scientifically rigorous solutions as well as applications of data and big data.

As empowering as it is comprehensive, Diversity Dividend helps remove the guesswork and near-superstition that naturally arise when some methods work and others fail, thereby giving leaders the tools and insight to make informed choices at the right moments to create lasting change.

Copies of Diversity Dividend will be available for purchase on site from the MIT Press Bookstore.

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About the author:

Paola Cecchi-Dimeglio, PhD, LLM, MSc, JD, is a leading authority on helping senior leaders make more inclusive decisions for themselves and their organizations, having advised some of the largest for-profit and nonprofit companies in the world. An award-winning expert on behavioral and data science, big data and AI, race and gender, and leadership strategy, she holds dual appointments at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Law School, where she serves as faculty chair of the Executive Leadership Research Initiative for Women and Minority Attorneys.


The Libraries and the MIT Press are committed to making our events accessible. Listen Everywhere assistive devices are available in The Nexus; please email (by October 20 if possible) to request other accommodations.

More about the location:

The Nexus is situated on the first floor of MIT's Hayden Library (Building 14), located at 160 Memorial Drive. The room is on the river side of the library reading room, behind the Courtyard Cafe and across the room from the library service desk. If you have trouble finding it please ask at the service desk.

Event Type

Conferences/Seminars/Lectures, Community Event

Events By Interest

Diversity/Inclusion, General

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