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Researchers and Scholars Every DEI Professional Should Know

By Stefani Murray
January 12, 2023

At Seramount, we pride ourselves on being a premier organization with our fingers on the pulse of the latest and most cutting-edge diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) research. Seramount is built on years of expertise in DEI, and we partner with leading organizations to empower them to build equitable, inclusive workplaces. In order to keep up with the ever-evolving DEI landscape, we are often asked to share what research and scholars our researchers reference to keep our recommendations and best practices relevant for our Diversity Best Practices members.

Seramount’s most senior Research Directors have identified the top thought leaders that have helped inform our insights. This list reflects people who are helping to move leaders forward, keep race relations current, and paving the way for a better understanding of social groups that make up our society. Many are professors in the field of psychology and have been practicing for decades. These experts also give talks, produce case studies, and write books to back up their research.

In the spirit of DEI knowledge sharing, the following list contains some of the researchers that have inspired Seramount experts. We hope they inspire your work too.

  • Amy Edmonson – Amy is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at Harvard Business School; she specializes in leadership, teaming within and between organizations, and organizational learning.
  • Dr. Herminia Ibarra – Dr. Ibarra is the Charles Handy Professor of Organizational Behavior at the London Business School. Her research areas include careers, identity, gender, networks, and leadership.
  • Dr. Heidi Grant Halverson – Dr. Grant Halverson is a social psychologist who has conducted research, written books, and given speeches about the science of leadership and motivation.
  • Dr. Gawande’s Checklist Manifesto– Dr. Atul Gawande wrote this book on how something as simple as a checklist can help mitigate failure.  
  • The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson – This book tells the story of The Great Migration, which occurred between 1915 and 1970 and details how this “unrecognized immigration” and other migrations in history have helped shape America.
  • Full Dissidence: Notes From an Uneven Playing Field by Howard Bryant – A look at racial injustice in America through the lens of sports and mainstream culture.
  • Dunbar’s Theory – British anthropologist Robin Dunbar came up with a theory that we can maintain only 150 social connections. He theorizes that our social systems can only handle so much stimulation from those around us, in person and online.
  • Kenji Yoshino – Kenji is the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at NYU School of Law. His fields of research are constitutional law, antidiscrimination law, and law and literature. He has written three books on marriage equality and civil rights.

Seramount is proud to continue to expand our knowledge base and keep our information relevant to best help our members when they come to us as a resource. Keeping up with the most relevant researchers and scholars, we are able to provide the best and most useful information to empower inclusive workplaces.

If you would like more information about how Seramount can help propel your DEI strategy forward, contact us.

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Stefani Murray
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