Originally published: August 2, 2016
Many books on diversity rely on statistics to illuminate the issues of race in America. Others list pros and cons of diversity or defend the current status quo. Only Allison Manswell’s, Listen In: Crucial Conversations on Race in the Workplace takes a novel approach – literally.
The 100-page work of business fiction is set in today’s corporate environment. Readers are able to “Listen In” as the characters, 5 African American professionals and entrepreneurs, discuss their professional struggles and personal experiences.
Like the readers, a curious CEO overhears the conversation and uses the information to revamp his company’s approach to diversity and inclusion. And, it’s no longer business as usual.
While a work of fiction, the book is designed to make the real world better for everyone and give individual readers key strategies for career advancement. Howard J. Ross, an internationally recognized expert on diversity, says “Allison Manswell has provided a thoughtful contribution to this challenge by giving us a way to conduct these conversations in a meaningful way. She approaches the issue with sensitivity and balance.”