Many leaders have pledged to make their workplaces more diverse, inclusive and equitable but struggle to get the conversations started. 

Darden Professor Laura Morgan Roberts offers seven conversations via the Harvard Business Publishing Corporate Learning blog that leaders should be having right now.  

At our best, diversity, inclusion, and positive organizing can create that kind of familiar, palatable, and nourishing experience. Yet, when it comes to our typical conversations around D&I in the workplace, some are like cotton candy. They’re sweet, tasty, and pleasant. But not very nourishing.



About the Expert

Laura Morgan Roberts

Associate Professor of Business Administration

An expert in diversity, authenticity and leadership development, Roberts’ research and consulting focuses on the science of maximizing human potential in diverse organizations and communities. The author of more than 50 research articles, teaching cases and practitioner-oriented content aimed at strategically activating one’s best self through strength-based development, her work has also been featured in global media outlets. She has also edited three books: Race, Work and Leadership; Positive Organizing in a Global Society; and Exploring Positive Identities and Organizations.

Prior to joining Darden, Roberts served on the faculties of Harvard Business School, Georgetown University McDonough School of Business and Antioch University’s Graduate School of Leadership and Change.

B.A., University of Virginia; M.A., Ph.D., University of Michigan