Rohini Anand on Leading with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion – TriplePundit – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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Twenty years ago, planning for a staff meeting probably didn’t require coordination between time zones. Today, it might still involve a bit of snappy dressing—from the waist up, that is. Or, it may be a commute of only a few steps to the home office rather than a white-knuckle, twenty-mile drive on a crowded freeway. Logistics and manner of dress may have changed, but employers still want a cohesive workforce.

In her new book, Leading Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: A Guide for Systemic Change in Multinational Organizations (Berrett-Koehler Publishers), Rohini Anand, PhD., discusses the unique challenges of managing an international work force and provides guidelines for developing a successful “way-of-work-life” that incorporates DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) into the workplace.

Anand’s inspiration for the book came from personal experience. When, as a young woman, she moved to North America from India for school, and eventually career opportunities, Anand found herself a minority for the first time in her life. Not only was she subject to disparate treatment as a woman and an Asian, but she also discovered unconscious cultural assumptions of her own, including relying on a single-culture worldview to inform her interactions with others.

“As an Indian in my native country, I didn’t recognize the privilege of majority status that I enjoyed until I came to America and was subject to the opposite.”

With a long CV of executive job titles, awards, podcasts, blogs and presentations, and having solidified her reputat


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