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Top 450 Leadership Quotes On Diversity And Inclusion

1. “Diversity and inclusion needs to be something that every single employee at the company has a stake in.”


2. “If you believe, as we believe, that diversity leads to better products, and we’re all about making products that enrich people’s lives, then you obviously put a ton of energy behind diversity the same way you would put a ton of energy behind anything else that is truly important.” – Tim Cook


3. ” Diversity is the mix. Inclusion is making the mix work.”


4. “The world has only one border. It is called humanity. The differences between us are small compared to our shared humanity. Put humans first.” – Nadia Murad


5. “We fundamentally believe that we will make better business decisions if we have diversity in thinking … and that requires equal gender participation.” — Jonas Prising, Chairman and CEO of ManpowerGroup (Source: World Economic Forum)


6. “Diversity is not how we differ. Diversity is about embracing one another’s uniqueness.”


7. “Learn to enjoy and respect each other’s differences.” – Fred Meijer


8. “Inclusive leadership is not a destination. It's a journey that requires humility, curiosity and courage.” - Thais Compoint, Award-Winning Global Specialist in Inclusion and Diversity


9. Race and religion do not separate people; ignorance does. –Matshona Dhliwayo


10. “Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.” – Stephen Covey


11. Diversity creates dimension in the world. –Elizabeth Ann Lawless


12. The boys in the office preferred Daft Punk and the song "Robot Rock" as an anthem, speaking excitedly and without irony about wanting to become robots one day. That made me wonder: Why? What's the pull of being a robot? - Author: Katherine Losse


13. “Using people to be inclusive is not an attack. It is progress.”


14. Everything is good in moderation. Even moderation. - Author: Iveta Cherneva


15. “We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.” - Max de Pree, Businessman and Writer


16. “True belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world. Our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.”


17. “Diversity may be the hardest thing for a society to live with, and perhaps the most dangerous thing for a society to be without.”


18. “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” - Martin Luther King, Jr., American Christian Minister and Civil Rights Activist


19. “People may be said to resemble not the bricks of which a house is built, but the pieces of a picture puzzle, each differing in shape, but matching the rest, and thus bringing out the picture.”


20. “Leadership is not about necessarily being the loudest in the room, but instead being the bridge, or the thing that is missing in the discussion, and trying to build a consensus from there.” Jacinda Ardern. Photo credit: Wikimedia, Governor-General of New Zealand


21. “Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance.”


22. “We have no hope of solving our problems without harnessing the diversity, the energy, and the creativity of all our people.” – Roger Wilkins


23. A diverse mix of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone. –Sundar Pichai


24. “What divides us pales in comparison to what unites us.”


25. “Our workforce and our entire economy are strongest when we embrace diversity to its fullest, and that means opening doors of opportunity to everyone and recognizing that the American Dream excludes no one.”


26. “Inclusion is not bringing people into what already exists; it is making a new space, a better space for everyone.” - George Dei, Professor and Social Justice Educator


27. Diversity: the art of thinking independently together. –Malcolm Forbes


28. “We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity. We need to give each other space so that we may both give and receive such beautiful things as ideas, openness, dignity, joy, healing, and inclusion.”


29. “The difference between equity and equality is that equality is when everyone gets the same thing, and equity is when everyone gets the things they deserve.”


30. “Diversity is a mix and inclusion is making the mix work.” – Andrés Tapia


31. Alif found himself succumbing to the silence of the place, a quiet so open and broad that it seemed almost to roar, as though it was not silence at all but music in some ancient inaudible key. His eyes drifted shut and he slept without dreaming. - Author: G. Willow Wilson


32. “Inclusion is not a matter of political correctness. It is the key to growth.”


33. “Share our similarities, celebrate our differences.” – M. Scott Peck


34. “The diversity in the human family should be the cause of love and harmony, as it is in music where many different notes blend together in the making of a perfect chord.” — ‘Abdu'l-Bahá, Former Head of the Bahá'í Faith (Source: Bahá’í Reference Library)


35. “Companies that embrace diversity and inclusion in all aspects of their business statistically outperform their peers.”


36. Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilisation. –Mahatma Gandhi


37. “You know what I have to say to that… I, as a woman, don’t and won’t be limited by the very constrictive and narrow-minded paradigm of this thinking. Welcome to the new world folk!” – Louise O’Reilly


38. “Our diversity of faith and color and creeds—that is not a threat to who we are. It makes us who we are.”


39. “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences." - Audre Lorde


40. “I think this next era will be, hopefully, an exciting one if we can shape it in an inclusive way. But it will certainly be a different one than we’ve had over the last few decades.”


41. “You can carve your own path, be your own kind of leader. We do need to create a new generation of leadership.” Jacinda Ardern. Photo credit: Wikimedia/ Ulysse Bellier


42. “Diversity is a fact, but inclusion is a choice we make every day. As leaders, we have to put out the message that we embrace, and not just tolerate, diversity.”


43. “I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.” – Thomas Jefferson.


44. I don't think one party has a bad vision over the other party. I have no doubts that every Indian and every Indian political leadership would like to see this country get to a much better level. We would all like to see inclusive growth. - Author: Baba Kalyani


45. “Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.” - Stephen Covey, Author, Educator, Businessman, and Keynote Speaker


46. “You either believe that people respond to authority, or that they respond to kindness and inclusion. I’m obviously in the latter camp. I think that people respond better to reward than punishment.”


47. “A diverse mix of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone.” – Sundar Pichai


48. ” seem to be go-to business buzzwords in today’s work culture, appearing all over company websites and on seemingly every mission statement. But in 2021 and beyond, we want to inspire leaders to achieve more than lip service.


49. Board of Directors and Advisors. Promoting Diversity. Donor Recognition Programs


50. Ontario is fortunate to have the expertise, insight and leadership of The Honourable David C. Onley. I look forward to working with him to promote an inclusive, accessible Ontario that will help strengthen our province's economy. - Author: Brad Duguid


51. “Real cultural diversity results from the interchange of ideas, products, and influences, not from the insular development of a single national style.” - Tyler Cowen, Economist


52. “We are greater than, and greater for, the sum of us.”


53. “Diversity is not about how we differ. Diversity is about embracing one another’s uniqueness.”


54. “Equality is leaving the door open for anyone who has the means to approach it; equity is ensuring there is a pathway to that door for those who need it.”


55. “Diversity is about all of us, and about us having to figure out how to walk through this world together.”


56. “Inclusion works to the advantage of everyone. We all have things to learn and we all have something to teach.” - Helen Henderson, Journalist and Disability Rights Activist


57. “The point isn’t to get people to accept that they have biases, but to get them to see [for themselves] that those biases have negative consequences for others.”


58. “Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.” — Maya Angelou, Poet (Source: Huffington Post)


59. “Treating different things the same can generate as much inequality as treating the same things differently.”


60. “There is a huge business case for diversity.


61. “Businesses perform better when you have diversity of view in your senior leadership positions. This is not just the right thing to do socially; it's the right thing to do for your business.” - Ruth Porat, Chief Financial Officer of Alphabet Inc. and Google


62. “Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.” – Malcolm Forbes


63. “At bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time.” - Friedrich Nietzsche, Philosopher


64. “The path to diversity begins with supporting, mentoring, and sponsoring diverse women and men to become leaders and entrepreneurs.”


65. “Inclusivity means not ‘just we’re allowed to be there,’ but we are valued. I’ve always said: smart teams will do amazing things, but truly diverse teams will do impossible things.”


66. “Diversity is the magic. It is the first manifestation, the first beginning of the differentiation of a thing and of simple identity. The greater the diversity, the greater the perfection.”


67. “To know the true reality of yourself, you must be aware not only of your conscious thoughts, but also of your unconscious prejudices, bias and habits.”


68. “Diversity is a fact. Inclusion is an act.”


69. “Before God, we are all equally wise, and equally foolish.” – Albert Einstein


70. “If you exclude 50% of the talent pool, it’s no wonder you find yourself in a war for talent.” — Theresa J. Whitmarsh, Executive Director of the Washington State Investment Board (Source: World Economic Forum)


71. “While globalization will make the world smaller and more accessible, we must continue to appreciate its vibrant diversity.” - Jean-Philippe Courtois, Executive Vice President and President, Microsoft Global Sales, Marketing and Operations


72. “It is understanding that gives us an ability to have peace. When we understand the other fellow’s viewpoint, and he understands ours, then we can sit down and work out our differences.” – Harry S Truman


73. “Inclusivity means not just ‘we’re allowed to be there’, but ‘we are valued’.


74. “To get real diversity of thought, you need to find the people who genuinely hold different views and invite them into the conversation.” – Adam Grant


75. “In diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” – Maya Angelou


76. “I can tell you, without diversity, creativity remains stagnant.” - Edward Enninful, Editor-in-Chief of British Vogue


77. “Society is unity in diversity.” – George Herbert Mead


78. “Men in particular need to speak more about their personal reasons for wanting diversity in the workplace.”


79. “You can’t categorize diversity based on what a person looks like. It’s what that person can do for the organization.”


80. “Increasing Black representation in technology jobs isn’t just about bridging wage gaps. It means improving the lives of those who are regularly othered, diminished, and discounted in workplaces where they may be the only Black person.”


81. “Everyone's values are different, and we must respect them all because that's what makes life interesting.” - Senora Roy, Poet


82. “A diverse mix of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone.” — Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google (Source: Quartz at Work)


83. “You can’t ask other people to believe you and vote for you if you don’t back yourself.” Jacinda Ardern. Photo credit: Wikimedia, New Zealand Government, Office of the Governor-General


84. “Promoting career advancement of frontline employees is an important way that employers can reduce gender, racial, and skill-biased inequalities as well as contribute to a more sustainable, inclusive, and growing economy.”


85. “There is a reason the word belonging has a synonym for want at its center; it is the human condition.”


86. Hold fast to your dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. - Langston Hughes


87. You only have what you give. It's by spending yourself that you become rich. - Isabel Allende


88. “We need diversity of thought in the world to face the new challenges.”


89. “Diverse groups are more creative. They feel uncomfortable, and that discomfort motivates them to do extra preparation and share new information.”


90. “There should be no discrimination against languages people speak, skin color, or religion.” – Malala Yousafzai


91. “We will all profit from a more diverse, inclusive society. [From] understanding, accommodating, even celebrating our differences, while pulling together for the common good.”


92. “The value of a diverse team is its capacity to challenge the norm of groupthink and thus boost organizational performance and improve decision-making.”


93. “You can’t be what you can’t see.”


94. “Today when I think about diversity, I actually think about the word ‘inclusion.' And I think this is a time of great inclusion. It's not men, it's not women alone. Whether it's geographic, it's approach, it's your style, it's your way of learning, the way you want to contribute, it's your age - it's really broad.” - Ginni Rometty, Executive Chairman of IBM


95. “I can tell you, without diversity, creativity remains stagnant.”


96. “Diversity is the magic”


97. “We have to transcend our differences to transform our future.” – Antonio Guterres


98. “I don’t think my story is over yet.” – Serena Williams


99. “Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly”


100. “Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.” - Malcolm Forbes, Entrepreneur and Publisher of Forbes Magazine


101. “We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.” - Maya Angelou, Poet


102. “Unity, not uniformity, must be our aim. We attain unity only through variety. Differences must be integrated, not annihilated, not absorbed.” – Mary Parker Follett


103. “Ethics and equity and the principles of justice do not change with the calendar.”


104. We've got to stop just pulling people out of the river. We need to go upstream and find out why they're falling in. - Desmond Tutu


105. To work through pain is not to make it disappear, but to make it mean something different for us - to turn it into wisdom. - Author: Eric Greitens


106. “We are all different, which is great because we are all unique. Without diversity, life would be very boring.”


107. “I refuse to believe that you cannot be both compassionate and strong.” Jacinda Ardern. Photo credit: Wikimedia/ Christchurch City Council Newsline/Kirk Hargreaves


108. “We know that diversity can sometimes be more uncomfortable because things are less familiar – but it gets the best results.”


109. “Many conversations about diversity and inclusion do not happen in the boardroom because people are embarrassed at using unfamiliar words or afraid of saying the wrong thing — yet this is the very place we need to be talking about it.


110. “What’s often ignored is that diversity is not only a pipeline or recruiting issue. It’s an issue of making the people who do make it through the pipeline want to stay at your company.” — Andrea Barrica


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112. “We are less when we don't include everyone.” - Stuart Milk, Political Speaker and LGBT Human Rights Activist


113. “We are all different, which is great because we are all unique. Without diversity life would be very boring." - Catherine Pulsifer, Writer


114. “For Asian Americans, even those who are actually born in the US, being inclusive means not making them feel like they are foreigners in their own country.”


115. “We need to reach that happy stage of our development when differences and diversity are not seen as sources of division and distrust, but of strength and inspiration.”


116. “I know there is strength in the differences between us. I know there is comfort where we overlap.” – Ani DiFranco


117. “Talent perceives differences; genius, unity.” -William Butler Yeats


118. “I can do things you cannot, you can do things, I cannot. Together we can do great things.” - Mother Teresa or Saint Teresa of Calcutta, Nun and Missionary


119. “Diversity really means becoming complete as human beings – all of us. We learn from each other. If you’re missing on that stage, we learn less. We all need to be on that stage.” – Juan Felipe Herrera


120. “If now isn't a good time for the truth I don't see when we'll get to it." - Nikki Giovanni


121. “Diversity, or the state of being different, isn’t the same as inclusion. One is a description of what is, while the other describes a style of interaction essential to effective teams and organizations.”


122. “Sometimes we are separated by differences, and sometimes we are united by common ideals of respect and compassion.” – Paul Watson


123. “I firmly believe the only deflationary force is technology. And technology now is a source, I believe, of sustainable, competitive advantage.”


124. To understand is to forgive, even oneself. - Author: Alexander Chase


125. “We long to belong, and belonging and caring anchors our sense of place in the universe.”


126. “We need to help students and parents cherish and preserve the ethnic and cultural diversity that nourishes and strengthens this community - and this nation." - Cesar Chavez


127. “We need to reach that happy stage of our development when differences and diversity are not seen as sources of division and distrust, but of strength and inspiration.” - Josefa Iloilo, 3rd President of Fiji


128. “When we’re talking about diversity, it’s not a box to check. It is a reality that should be deeply felt and held and valued by all of us.” —Ava DuVernay


129. “Diversity really means becoming complete as human beings – all of us. We learn from each other. If you’re missing on that stage, we learn less. We all need to be on that stage.”


130. “Never be limited by other people's limited imagination." - astronaut Dr. Mae Jamison


131. “It’s not at all hard to understand a person; it’s only hard to listen without bias.”


132. “Recognizing and respecting differences in others, and treating everyone like you want them to treat you, will help make our world a better place for everyone. Care … be your best. You dont have to be handicapped to be different. Everyone is different!” -Kim Peek


133. If you hire only those people you understand, the company will never get people better than you are. Always remember that you often find outstanding people among those you don't particularly like.


134. “Create unity in diversity. You're created unique so why do you have to fit in?” - Malika E Nura, Poet


135. Equality is not a concept. It's not something we should be striving for. It's a necessity. Equality is like gravity. We need it to stand on this earth as men and women, and the misogyny that is in every culture is not a true part of the human condition. It is life out of balance, and that imbalance is sucking something out of the soul of every man and woman who's confronted with it. We need equality. Kinda now. –Joss Whedon


136. “The greater the diversity, the greater the perfection.”


137. “Diversity in the world is a basic characteristic of human society, and also the key condition for a lively and dynamic world.” - Jintao Hu


138. Diversity is being asked to the party, Inclusion is being asked to dance.®” –Verna Myers


139. “The difference between diversity and inclusion is being invited to a house and being able to rearrange the furniture.” – Jane Silber


140. Reality is wrong. Dreams are real. - Tupac Shakur


141. “Many conversations about diversity and inclusion do not happen in the boardroom because people are embarrassed at using unfamiliar words or afraid of saying the wrong thing — yet this is the very place we need to be talking about it. The business case speaks for itself — diverse teams are more innovative and successful in going after new markets.”


142. “By domination you will not know life, only by inclusion you will know life.”


143. “There’s a little bit of an acknowledgment of how bad it [the racial disparity] is. It’s been backed up with facts. People are starting to organize and coalesce around doing something about it. But now we actually have to move to action and make sure that we’re continuing to innovate on the solutions.”


144. “Infinite diversity in infinite combinations…


145. “We have a very diverse environment and a very inclusive culture and those characteristics got us through the tough times. Diversity generated a better strategy, better risk management, better debates, and better outcomes.”


146. “If you haven’t got the best talent you’re not going to be the best, if you’re not representing properly the available pool of talent then you’re missing an opportunity.” — Alex Wilmot-Sitwell, EMEA President at Bank of America Merrill Lynch (Sources: Jazz HR Notes and Financial Times)


147. “We believe our diversity makes us stronger, smarter, and more innovative, helping us better serve the needs of our clients, our people, and our communities.” - Julie Sweet, CEO of Accenture


148. “Don’t tolerate me as different. Accept me as part of the spectrum of normalcy.”


149. “You do not want to be in a creative organization with everybody being like-minded and stroking each other’s creative egos. You want differences of opinion… constructively.” – Cate Blanchett


150. “Creating and managing a diverse workforce is a process, not a destination.”


151. Urging an organization to be inclusive is not an attack. It's progress. –DaShanne Stokes


152. What is the ultimate impulse to write? Because all this is going to vanish. - Author: James Salter


153. It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences. –Audre Lorde


154. “I think people are as individual as snowflakes, they kinda look alike but no two are the exactly the same, and all classification is the root of prejudice.” - Unknown


155. “We are a nation of communities... a brilliant diversity spread like stars, like a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky.” - George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States


156. “I raise up my voice—not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard…we cannot succeed when half of us are held back.” ―Malala Yousafzai


157. “Find the good. It's all around you. Showcase it and you’ll start believing in it.” - Jesse Owens


158. Diversity is the mix. Inclusion is making the mix work. –Andres Tapia


159. “Ethnic diversity adds richness to a society.” - Gary Locke, American Politician and Diplomat


160. “Too many of us still believe our differences define us.” – John Lewis


161. “Blessed are the weird people: poets, misfits, writers, mystics, painters, troubadours for they teach us to see the world through different eyes.”


162. Diversity is about all of us figuring out how to walk through the world together." - Jacqueline Woodson


163. “We are building products that people with very diverse backgrounds use, and I think we all want our company makeup to reflect the makeup of the people who use our products.” — Sheryl Sandberg


164. If you hire only those people you understand, the company will never get people better than you are. Always remember that you often find outstanding people among those you don't particularly like. –Soichiro Honda


165. “Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization.”


166. “Diversity, or the state of being different, isn't the same as inclusion. One is a description of what is, while the other describes a style of interaction essential to effective teams and organizations.” — Bill Crawford


167. “A lot of different flowers make a bouquet.” - Muslim Origin


168. “I think every person has their own identity and beauty. Everyone being different is what is really beautiful. If we were all the same, it would be boring.” - Tila Tequila, TV and Social Media Personality


169. “Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.” – Maya Angelou


170. “Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible – the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family.” – Virginia Satir


171. A lot of times, we censor ourselves before the censor even gets there. - Spike Lee


172. Hope is the bedrock of this nation. The belief that our destiny will be written for us, but by us, by all those men and women who are not content to settle for the world as it is, but who have the courage to remake the world as it should be. - Barack Obama


173. How do you compete against a true fanatic? You can only try to build the best possible moat and continuously attempt to widen it. - Author: Charlie Munger


174. “Diversity is a fact, but inclusion is a choice we make everyday. As leaders, we have to put out the message that we embrace, and not just tolerate, diversity.”


175. “Diversity and inclusion, which are the real grounds for creativity, must remain at the center of what we do.”


176. The color of your soul is more important than the color of your skin. –Matshona Dhliwayo


177. “When we're talking about diversity, it's not a box to check. It is a reality that should be deeply felt and held and valued by all of us.” - Ava DuVernay, Filmmaker


178. Diversity in all its forms is the path to greatness. –James D Wilson


179. “Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilisation.”


180. “Diversity strengthens our innovative capacity, unleashes the potential of Siemens’ employees and thereby directly contributes to our business success.” — Janina Kugel, Human Resources Board Member and Chief Diversity Officer at Siemens (Source: Siemens)


181. Higher levels of innovation and creativity


182. “It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength." - Maya Angelou, Poet


183. “Our diversity is our strength. What a dull and pointless life it would be if everyone was the same.”


184. “We don’t have words to describe the profession of trying to make the world better, even though there are millions of people in it. It is a compliment to humanity that we have figured out how to make it people’s job to support each other, to support their communities, and to support the ecosystems around them.”


185. “The value of a diverse team is its capacity to challenge the norm of groupthink and thus boost organisational performance and improve decision-making.”


186. “You can’t categorize diversity based on what a person looks like. It’s what that person can do for the organization.” – Charles K Poole


187. “We're supposed to be bringing out-of-the-box thinking and innovation, and you cannot do that unless you've got diversity... It's everything from gender to ethnicity to geographic diversity.” - Julie Sweet, CEO of Accenture


188. “If you haven’t got the best talent, you’re not going to be the best; if you’re not representing properly the available pool of talent, then you’re missing an opportunity.”


189. There is power in representation, and Kenzo was so thrilled to see someone like him in Encanto.


190. “We could learn a lot from crayons; some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, while others bright, some have weird names, but they all have learned to live together in the same box.”


191. “We need to give each other the space to grow, to be ourselves, to exercise our diversity.


192. “The minute we become an integrated whole, we look through the same eyes and we see a whole different world together.”


193. A life is not important except in the impact it has on others. - Jackie Robinson


194. “Diversity really means becoming complete as human beings - all of us. We learn from each other. If you're missing on that stage, we learn less. We all need to be on that stage.” - Juan Felipe Herrera, Poet


195. “In crucial things, unity. In important things, diversity. In all things, generosity.”


196. “When you're finally up on the moon, looking back at the earth, all these differences and nationalistic traits are pretty well going to blend and you're going to get a concept that maybe this is really one world and why the hell can't we learn to live together like decent people?” — Frank Borman, Retired NASA Astronaut


197. We spend so much time being afraid of failure, being afraid of rejection. But regret is the thing we should fear most. - Trevor Noah


198. “You deserve a circle of inclusion and influence, but it’s up to you to create it.”


199. “The fact that societies are becoming increasingly multi-ethnic, multicultural, and multi-religious is good.


200. “What’s often ignored is that diversity is not only a pipeline or recruiting issue. It’s an issue of making the people who do make it through the pipeline want to stay at your company.”


201. “We have a very diverse environment and a very inclusive culture and those characteristics got us through the tough times. Diversity generated better strategy, better risk management, better debates, and better outcomes.”


202. “We believe our diversity, our differences, when joined together by a common set of ideals, makes us stronger, makes us more creative, makes us different.


203. “If we were to select the most intelligent, imaginative, energetic, and emotionally stable third of mankind, all races would be present.” – Franz Boas


204. “Diversity and inclusion, which are the real grounds for creativity, must remain at the center of what we do.” – Marco Bizzarri


205. “Diversity and inclusion, which are the real grounds for creativity, must remain at the center of what we do.” - Marco Bizzarri, CEO of Gucci


206. “Diversity, inclusion, respect and fairness are concepts that make some people reluctant to discuss them. I work hard to create a safe, nonjudgmental and uplifting environment that makes exploring sensitive topics a positive journey for all… All programs, processes and resources reflect my belief that we are all more effective, productive and innovative when we honor and value our own uniqueness while at the same time valuing and respecting the differences of others.” - Leonora Billings-Harris, President and CEO, UbuntuGlobal


207. “Cultural differences should not separate us from each other, but rather cultural diversity brings a collective strength that can benefit all of humanity.” –


208. “We have become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.” — Jimmy Carter


209. Exclusion is derived from fear, ignorance, and power, whilst inclusion is derived from love, compassion, and respect. –Michelle Emson


210. “Diversity is about creating an environment where a person can bring their whole self to work.”


211. “We have the ability to achieve, if we master the necessary goodwill, a common global society blessed with a shared culture of peace that is nourished by the ethnic, national and local diversities that enrich our lives.”


212. “D&I needs to be something that every single employee at the company has a stake in.”


213. “We need diversity of thought in the world to face the new challenges.” - Tim Berners Lee, Computer Scientist and Inventor of the World Wide Web


214. “Diversity and Inclusion is a competitive advantage that a smart leader would not overlook.”


215. “Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance.” - Verna Myers, Activist


216. “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”


217. “When we listen and celebrate what is both common and different, we become a wiser, more inclusive, and better organisation.”


218. “You’ve got to learn to leave the table when love’s no longer being served.” —Nina Simone


219. “D&I needs to be something that every single employee at the company has a stake in.” — Bo Young Lee


220. “There is only one way to see things until someone shows us how to look at them with different eyes.”


221. To me, beauty is inclusion - every size, every color - that's the world I live in.


222. “If people don't want the best for you, they are not the best for you." - Gayle King


223. “If you haven’t hired a team of people who are of color, female, and/or LGBT to actively turn over every stone, to scope out every nook and cranny, to pop out of every bush, to find every qualified underrepresented founder in this country, you’re going to miss out on a lot of money when the rest of the investment world gets it.”


224. “We have become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.” - Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the United States


225. Build bridges, not walls. –Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem


226. “When we listen and celebrate what is both common and different, we become a wiser, more inclusive, and better organization.”


227. “The history of the past is but one long struggle upward to equality.” – Elizabeth Cady Stanton


228. “Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home.” – Eleanor Roosevelt


229. “Ultimately, America’s answer to the intolerant man is diversity.”


230. “You have a responsibility to make inclusion a daily thought, so we can get rid of the word ‘inclusion.’


231. “There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard.


232. “Difference is of the essence of humanity. Difference is an accident of birth and it should therefore never be the source of hatred or conflict. The answer to difference is to respect it. Therein lies a most fundamental principle of peace: respect for diversity.” – John Hume.


233. Let’s stop believing that our differences make us superior or inferior to one another.- Don Miguel Ruiz


234. “Our concern is to heal. Our concern is to bring together.” – Harold Washington


235. “When we’re talking about diversity, it’s not a box to check. It is a reality that should be deeply felt and held and valued by all of us.” – Ava DuVernay


236. “By wrestling with exacting expectations from their core Black customers, while at the same time contending with misperceptions by the broader market, Black brands are squeezed in a way that non-Black brands aren’t and forced to walk a unique tightrope in moving their businesses forward.”


237. “Embrace diversity: don’t hate on her because she is green.”


238. Equality is leaving the door open for anyone who has the means to approach it; equity is ensuring there is a pathway to that door for those who need it. –Caroline Belden, The Inclusion Solution (Equity vs. Equality Series)


239. When everyone is included, everyone wins. –Jesse Jackson


240. “When we listen and celebrate what is common and different, we become a wiser, more inclusive, and better organization.” - Pat Wadors, Chief People Officer, Procore Technologies, Inc.


241. “We are less when we don’t include everyone.”


242. “Respect for diversity doesn’t just make a happier workplace, it improves productivity and is good for the business.”


243. “It takes courage and strength to be empathetic and I’m very proudly an empathetic and compassionate leader.” Jacinda Ardern. Photo credit: Wikimedia, Nevada Halbert


244. “We are all different, which is great because we are all unique. Without diversity life would be very boring.”


245. Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization. - Mahatma Gandhi


246. “Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.”


247. “Our diversity is our strength. What a dull and pointless life it would be if everyone was the same.” - Angelina Jolie, Actress, Filmmaker and Humanitarian


248. “Diversity requires commitment. Achieving superior performance diversity can produce further action– most notably, a commitment to develop a culture of inclusion. People do not just need to be different, they need to be fully involved and feel their voices are heard.”


249. “The key to community is the acceptance, in fact the celebration of our individual and cultural differences. It is also the key to world peace.” – M. Scott Peck


250. “We believe diversity and inclusion are engines of innovation, creativity, progress, and happiness. Uncovering and nurturing the potential of people around the globe is our business.” - Ranjit de Sousa, President, Lee Hecht Harrison


251. “Diversity in the world is a basic characteristic of human society, and also the key condition for a lively and dynamic world as we see today.” - Hu Jintao, Former President of People’s Republic of China


252. “The world in which you were born is just one model of reality. Other cultures are not failed attempts at being you; they are unique manifestations of the human spirit.” – Wade Davis


253. “To me, beauty is inclusion– every size, every color– that’s the world I live in.”


254. You cannot have those things you refuse to dream of. - Stacey Abrams


255. “Always remember that you are unique. Just like everyone else.”


256. “The critical thing to understand is that building for a historically marginalized group results in better outcomes for everyone.”


257. “A democracy thrives on diversity. Tyranny oppresses it.” – Sam Brownback


258. May your choices be based on your hopes and not your fears.” Nelson Mandela


259. “The world is intertwined today, much more than it was when I was coming out of school. Because of that, you really need to have a deep understanding of cultures around the world. I have learned to not just appreciate this but celebrate it. The thing that makes the world interesting is our differences, not our similarities.”


260. “It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.”


261. Why would I think about missing a shot I haven't even taken yet. - Michael Jordan


262. “Let’s stop believing that our differences make us superior or inferior to one another.”


263. “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” – Audre Lorde


264. “It is impossible to get to know people deeply and not come to like them.”


265. Being a global citizen means appreciating our shared humanity no matter what nation you call home. –Rohit Bhargava, Beyond Diversity


266. “Diversity is the one true thing we all have in common… Celebrate it every day.”


267. The point is not to pay back kindness, but to pass it on. - Julia Alvarez


268. I am an invisible man, simply because people refuse to see me. - Ralph Ellison


269. “When people get used to preferential treatment, equal treatment seems like discrimination.” – Thomas Sowell


270. Real diversity and inclusion doesn't mean that we will always agree. It means that even when we disagree, we can still respect each other. –Justin Jones-Fosu, The Inclusive Mindset: How to Cultivate Diversity in Your Everyday Life


271. “We all live with the objective of being happy, our lives are all different and yet the same.” - Anne Frank, Diarist


272. “We need diversity of thought in the world to face the new challenges.” – Tim Berners-Lee


273. “You don’t have true freedom until you allow a diversity of opinion and a diversity of voices.” – Don Lemon


274. “I firmly believe you never should spend your time being a former anything.” – Condoleezza Rice


275. “We have a very diverse environment and a very inclusive culture, and those characteristics got us through the tough times.


276. “Hope and fear cannot occupy the same space. Invite one to stay.” - Maya Angelou


277. “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”


278. “Equal rights, fair play, justice, are all like the air: we all have it, or none of us has it. That is the truth of it.” – Maya Angelou


279. “The point isn’t to get people to accept that they have biases, but to get them to see [for themselves] that those biases have negative consequences for others.” — Theresa McHenry, HR Director at Microsoft UK (Source: FT)


280. “There are years that ask questions and years that answer." - Zora Neale Hurston


281. “Corporate social responsibility is measured in terms of businesses improving conditions for their employees, shareholders, communities, and environment. But moral responsibility goes further, reflecting the need for corporations to address fundamental ethical issues such as inclusion, dignity, and equality.” – Klaus Schwab


282. Everything about me that is different is what makes me special. - Misty Copeland


283. “What diversity advocates are working for is an industry that honestly, accurately, and equitably represents the world we live in.”


284. “I believe that we are here for each other, not against each other. Everything comes from an understanding that you are a gift in my life – whoever you are, whatever our differences.” – John Denver


285. “One of the secret benefits of using remote workers is that the work itself becomes the yardstick to judge someone’s performance.” – Jason Fried


286. History. Singing Equality Across America Program


287. “Understanding diversity includes knowing how diminished we all are when voices go unheard.”


288. “When we’re talking about diversity, it’s not a box to check. It is a reality that should be deeply felt and held and valued by all of us.”


289. “Diversity is having a seat at the table, inclusion is having a voice, and belonging is having that voice be heard.” Liz Fosslien


290. We've got to be as clear-headed about human-beings as possible, because we are still each other's only hope. - James Baldwin


291. “It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” – Maya Angelou


292. “We have no hope of solving our problems without harnessing the diversity, the energy, and the creativity of all our people.” - Roger Wilkins, Journalist, Professor and Civil Rights Leader


293. “What we have to do… is to find a way to celebrate our diversity and debate our differences without fracturing our communities.”


294. “Unconscious perceptions govern many of the most important decisions we make and have a profound effect on the lives of many people in many ways… Unconscious patterns play out in ways that are so subtle they are hard to spot.”


295. “Why be a star when you can make a constellation?”


296. The strength of every individual is the grace for great work. –Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!


297. “I know what this job takes. And I know that I no longer have enough in the tank to do it justice. It’s that simple.”


298. “If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else." Booker T. Washington


299. “Inclusion is not a matter of political correctness. It is the key to growth.” — Jesse Jackson


300. “What we have to do... is to find a way to celebrate our diversity and debate our differences without fracturing our communities.” - Hillary Clinton, Former United States Secretary of State


301. “I hope that by outlining the people who were impacted by George Floyd’s death, we can also learn more about his life and learn more about how he struggled under the knee of the societal systems that we’ve created.”


302. “Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization.” – Mahatma Gandhi


303. “Variety is the spice of life.” - American Proverb


304. Diversity doesn't look like anyone. It looks like everyone. –Karen Draper


305. “The whole idea of a stereotype is to simplify. Instead of going through the problem of all this great diversity – that it’s this or maybe that – you have just one large statement; it is this.” – Chinua Achebe


306. “Many conversations about diversity and inclusion do not happen in the boardroom because people are embarrassed at using unfamiliar words or afraid of saying the wrong thing—yet this is the very place we need to be talking about it. The business case speaks for itself—diverse teams are more innovative and successful in going after new markets.”


307. “Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”


308. “In order to be great, you just have to care. You have to care about your world, community, and equality.”


309. “Stupidity and unconscious bias often work more damage than venality.”


310. “If you hire only those people you understand, the company will never get people better than you are. Always remember that you often find outstanding people among those you don’t particularly like.”


311. “If you haven’t got the best talent you’re not going to be the best, if you’re not representing properly the available pool of talent then you’re missing an opportunity.”


312. Strength lies in differences, not in similarities. –Stephen R. Covey


313. “We know that diversity can sometimes be more uncomfortable because things are less familiar—but it gets the best results.”


314. Hate is too great a burden to bear. It injures the hater more than it injures the hated. - Coretta Scott King


315. “Leadership should be focused on extending the ladder of opportunity for everyone.” – Justin Trudeau


316. “Our unity is our strength, and our diversity is our power. We reject the myth of ‘us’ vs. ‘them’.


317. “Cultivating diversity in all its forms—of our content, products, and people—is one of our most important business imperatives.”


318. “All of us do not have equal talent, but all of us should have an equal opportunity to develop our talent.” – John F. Kennedy


319. “Growing up, I decided, a long time ago, I wouldn’t accept any manmade differences between human beings, differences made at somebody else’s insistence or someone else’s whim or convenience.” – Maya Angelou


320. There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard. There are not more than five primary colours, yet in combination they produce more hues than can ever been seen. There are not more than five cardinal tastes, yet combinations of them yield more flavours than can ever be tasted. –Sun Tzu, The Art of War


321. We have two lives, and the second begins when we realize we only have one. - Confucius


322. “Different roads sometimes lead to the same castle.”


323. “Inclusive leadership is not a destination. It’s a journey that requires humility, curiosity and courage.”


324. “I want to be a good leader, not a good lady leader. I don’t want to be known simply as the woman who gave birth.” Jacinda Ardern. Photo credit: Wikimedia Labour Party


325. Always remember, you have within you the strength, patience and passion to change the world. - Harriet Tubman


326. “We have become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.”


327. “The human heart is too grand to be wasted in the gutter of cultural exclusivity.”


328. “I am woman, hear me roar” – Helen Reddy (I am Woman)


329. “I am a Woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal Woman, that’s me.” ―Maya Angelou


330. “We all have the ability to promote a culture of acceptance and inclusion — and that is something I believe every leader has a responsibility to do. It starts with having a dialogue until we are all comfortable and no longer have the fear of saying the wrong thing.” — Inga Beale


331. Don't quit your day dream. - Alicia Keyes


332. “We all have the ability to promote a culture of acceptance and inclusion — and that is something I believe every leader has a responsibility to do. It starts with having a dialogue until we are all comfortable and no longer have the fear of saying the wrong thing.”


333. “If I could distil it down into one concept that we are pursuing in New Zealand it is simple and it is this: Kindness.” Jacinda Ardern. Photo credit: Wikimedia/ Newzild


334. “I’m leaving, because with such a privileged role comes responsibility – the responsibility to know when you are the right person to lead and also when you are not,” she said.


335. “It’s just really important that we start celebrating our differences. Let’s start tolerating first, but then we need to celebrate our differences.” – Billie Jean King


336. “People may be said to resemble not the bricks of which a house is built, but the pieces of a picture puzzle, each differing in shape, but matching the rest, and thus bringing out the picture.” - Felix Adler, Professor of Political and Social Ethics


337. “Diversity and inclusion is less about a program, and more about helping people become comfortable enough to have a dialog about their experiences—including times when we have felt like an outsider.” - Carin Taylor, Chief Diversity Officer, Workday


338. “Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.” – Jane Goodall


339. “Diversity is a fact, but inclusion is a choice we make every day. As leaders, we have to put out the message that we embrace and not just tolerate diversity.”


340. “We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.”


341. “The way I like to say it, 'It’s time for STEAM cleaning.' You have to shatter the stereotypes. You have to provide exposure and encouragement. You have to tell the whole story about science.”


342. “A lot of different flowers make a bouquet.”


343. “I do think that treating everyone equally no matter where they come from, no matter who they are and what role they have, is a big key, because you never know who you’re talking to, really. You never know where they’ve been. You never know where they’re going. So, it just makes a lot of good sense to treat everyone the same and treat them well.” — Arlan Hamilton


344. “In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.”—Sheryl Sandberg


345. I'm a recovering optimist. - Author: Larry Gelbart


346. We are all different, which is great because we are all unique. Without diversity, life would be very boring. –Catherine Pulsifer


347. “Diversity is about all of us, and about us having to figure out how to walk through this world together.” - Jacqueline Woodson, Writer


348. “Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.”


349. “Our cultural strength has always been derived from our diversity of understanding and experience.”


350. “I think that it is very important for leaders of companies and specifically for founders—especially as they think about the type of company that they are creating—to include in their values the support for the communities around them and see how they can help those organizations.”


351. “What we need to do is learn to respect and embrace our differences until our differences don’t make a difference in how we are treated.” – Yolanda King


352. “We will all profit from a more diverse, inclusive society, understanding, accommodating, even celebrating our differences, while pulling together for the common good.”


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354. “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” — Audre Lorde


355. “We need to resist the tyranny of low expectations. We need to open our eyes to the inequality that remains. We won’t unlock the full potential of the workplace until we see how far from equality we really are.” — Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook (Source: Thrive Global)


356. “I want our future leaders to know what's possible and to be part of a world where diversity and gender equality aren't special programs but the natural way of operating.”


357. “We want a culture that is inclusive of everyone and where everyone who joins feels they have opportunities to succeed and grow.” - Nellie Borrero, Senior Global I&D Lead of Accenture


358. Some of us are not living our dreams because we're living our fears. - Les Brown


359. “A diverse mix of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone.” — Sundar Pichai


360. “A lot of change is possible by just acknowledging unconscious bias–that exhaustively documented but unpleasant reality many would rather ignore–and listening with less bias and acting on what we then learn.”


361. “Inclusion is not tolerance, it is unquestioned acceptance.” - Unknown


362. “When we listen and celebrate what is both common and different, we become wiser, more inclusive, and better as an organization.” — Pat Wadors


363. “We’re at a moment in time when companies aren’t going to tolerate not having a diverse slate; it truly puts them at risk”


364. “Another way to understand the difference between equality and equity is to realize that addressing equity issues strikes at the source of the problem rather than dealing with the symptoms, one by one. Our attachment to the myth of meritocracy—which is the notion that companies are structured to reward only the most talented and determined individuals15—is increasingly being viewed as out of touch because it doesn’t acknowledge our very real differences, and how much harder the journey up the ladder, or even onto the ladder, is for some. An insightful article by author Amy Sun makes this clear: Treating everyone exactly the same actually is not fair. What equal treatment does do is erase our differences and promote privilege. Equity is giving everyone what they need to be successful. Equality is treating everyone the same.16 Surrounding Yourself with a Trusted Few If you’ve recognized some of yourself in this chapter, you’re likely feeling motivated to take a closer look at your potential to be a more inclusive leader. Similarly, if you want to support your colleagues in their journey out of Unawareness, this chapter has likely provided many points of entry to transformational conversations. It’s important to note that this stage of your journey might be somewhat private. If you realize you haven’t given certain people a fair chance, you might not want to broadcast that to your colleagues. (Not only would this be damaging to your reputation, it could also make other people feel bad.) But as you become aware of your biases, you’ll start to understand how you can do things differently to better support others. It is a learning process, and it helps to have support from people you trust. When you’re ready, seek out conversations with a trusted few who can help you find your balance, your vocabulary, and begin to identify new skills.”


365. “Honesty and openness is always the foundation of insightful dialogue.”


366. “Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance.” – Verna Myers


367. “Diversity is the one true thing we all have in common. Celebrate it every day.”


368. “I think diversity can also be a resource, an asset, especially in a world that is becoming globalized, to deal with difference, to deal with variety, to deal with complexity.”


369. “The diversity in the human family should be the cause of love and harmony, as it is in music where many different notes blend together in the making of a perfect chord.”


370. “Inclusion and fairness in the workplace... is not simply the right thing to do; it's the smart thing to do.” - Alexis Herman, Former United States Secretary of Labor


371. All of my favorite records have vocals high in the mix, even if it's music that wasn't necessarily mainstream. - Author: Dee Dee Ramone


372. Fairness does not mean everyone gets the same. Fairness means everyone gets what they need. –Rick Riordan, The Red Pyramid


373. “Inclusive leadership is like good cooking: you need a chef (inclusive leader) who knows how to choose good ingredients (diversity) and how to combine them using a good recipe (inclusion).” - Thais Compoint, Award-Winning Global Specialist in Inclusion and Diversity


374. I got my start by giving myself a start. - Madame CJ Walker


375. We are building products that people with very diverse backgrounds use, and I think we all want our company makeup to reflect the makeup of the people who use our products. — Sheryl Sandberg


376. I just like TV. I think to me, it replaced the fireplace when I was a child. They took the fire away and they put a TV in instead and I got hooked on it. - Author: John Lennon


377. “Inclusion is not a matter of political correctness. It is the key to growth.” — Jesse Jackson, Politician and Civil Rights Activist (Source: Crain’s)


378. Creating and managing a diverse workforce is a process, not a destination. –R. Roosevelt Thomas, Jr.


379. “It’s important to have role models of Black leaders who have founded a brand, but it’s also important to have role models of Black leaders who have founded and exited. In many cases, those founders are still playing roles with the large consumer goods organizations.”


380. “Embrace a diversity of ideas. Embrace the fact that you can disagree with people and not be disagreeable. Embrace the fact that you can find common ground.


381. The greatness of a man is not in the wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively. - Bob Marley


382. “I would not worship a God who is homophobic […] I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven. No, I would say, ‘Sorry, I would much rather go to the other place.’”


383. “We need to help students and parents cherish and preserve the ethnic and cultural diversity that nourishes and strengthens this community—and this nation."


384. “You can’t build a society purely on interests, you need a sense of belonging.”


385. Equality is treating everyone the same. But equity is taking differences into account, so everyone has a chance to succeed. –Jodi Picoult, Small Great Things


386. “Good leadership requires you to surround yourself with people of diverse perspectives who can disagree with you without fear of retaliation.” — Doris Kearns Goodwin


387. “I’m constantly anxious about making mistakes.” Jacinda Ardern. Photo credit: Wikimedia/ Ulysse Bellier


388. “The freedom of thought is a sacred right of every individual man, and diversity will continue to increase with the progress, refinement, and differentiation of the human intellect.”


389. “Inclusion and fairness in the workplace . . . is not simply the right thing to do; it’s the smart thing to do.”


390. “Our ability to reach unity in diversitywill be the beauty and the test of our civilisation.”


391. “Diversity is the engine of invention, it generates creativity that enriches the world.”


392. “Diversity doesn’t look like anyone. It looks like everyone.”


393. You must not use wood to put out the fire. - Author: Bette Lord


394. “Unconscious perceptions govern many of the most important decisions we make and have a profound effect on the lives of many people in many ways.... Unconscious patterns can play out in ways that are so subtle they are hard to spot.” — Howard Ross, Founder of Cook Ross Inc. (Source: CDO Insights)


395. In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute. - Thurgood Marshall


396. “To be one, to be united is a great thing. But to respect the right to be different is maybe even greater.” – Bono


397. “We should indeed keep calm in the face of difference, and live our lives in a state of inclusion and wonder at the diversity of humanity.”


398. “We could learn a lot from crayons: some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, while others bright, some have weird names, but they have all learned to live in the same box.” - Robert Fulghum, Author of All I Really Need To Know, I Learned in Kindergarten


399. “Don’t be a pepper on the eyes of people; rather be the salt on their tongue and make a difference that influences their sense of belonging to the earth.”


400. “No matter who we are or what we look like or what we may believe, it is both possible and, more importantly, it becomes powerful to come together in common purpose and common effort.” – Oprah Winfrey


401. “No culture can live, if it attempts to be exclusive.” – Mahatma Gandhi


402. “I learned early on about the real meaning of equity and inclusion, and that when those guiding principles are not met, they can have devastating effects on individuals, families, and communities.”


403. Men are from Earth, women are from Earth. Deal with it. –George Carlin


404. “A diverse mix of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone.”


405. What you’re thinking is what you’re becoming.– Muhammad Ali


406. “In today’s interconnected and globalized world, it is now commonplace for people of dissimilar world views, faiths and races to live side by side. It is a matter of great urgency, therefore, that we find ways to cooperate with one another in a spirit of mutual acceptance and respect.” – Dalai Lama


407. Nothing is built on stone; all is built on sand, but we must build as if the sand were stone. - Jorge Luis Borges


408. “We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.


409. “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognise, accept, and celebrate those differences.”


410. “On the Pulse of Morning” by Maya Angelou: This powerful poem by Maya Angelou describes how the earth is full of human beings from all backgrounds. Together, we can make the world a better place for everyone.


411. “We need women at all levels, including the top, to change the dynamic, reshape the conversation, to make sure women’s voices are heard and heeded, not overlooked and ignored.”


412. “Being able to feel safe with other people is probably the single most important aspect of mental health; safe connections are fundamental to meaningful and satisfying lives.”


413. “When we listen and celebrate what is both common and different, we become wiser, more inclusive, and better as an organization.”


414. “People will typically be more enthusiastic where they feel a sense of belonging and see themselves as part of a community than they will in a workplace in which each person is left to his own devices.”


415. “The whole idea of a stereotype is to simplify. Instead of going through the problem of all this great diversity - that it's this or maybe that - you have just one large statement; it is this.” - Chinua Achebe, Novelist, Poet, Professor and Critic


416. “One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” - Malala Yousafzai


417. “Every culture’s history is essential. Everyone deserves to have their lives elevated through the beauty of truthful representation.”


418. “Maybe you didn’t intend to build or support an unfair reality, but you can change it, now that you are learning how. This is every leader’s most sacred responsibility, particularly if their road to leadership has been smoother because of their identity.”


419. “We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race.” – Kofi Annan


420. “Rituals have to feel special to everybody or very quickly you’ve got to come to grips with the fact that maybe your culture is not quite as mono as you thought.”


421. “To me, fundamentally, inclusive growth is about creating agency within people’s lives so that they have the ability to make the best decisions for themselves and their families”


422. “I no longer accept what I can’t change. I change what I can’t accept.” Angela Davis


423. Civility isn't some optional value; it is the key to civilization. - Van Jones


424. “If we want to include everyone, we have to help everyone develop their talents and use their gifts for the good of the community. That’s what inclusion means– everyone contributes.”


425. “If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.” – John F. Kennedy


426. “Until we get equality in education, we won’t have an equal society.” – Sonia Sotomayor


427. “It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength."


428. “I’ve traveled around the world, and what’s so revealing is that, despite the differences in culture, politics, language, how people dress, there is a universal feeling that we all want the same thing. We deeply want to be respected and appreciated for our differences.” – Howard Schultz


429. “Inclusion and fairness in the workplace is not simply the right thing to do; it’s the smart thing to do.”


430. “Diversity is about all of us, and about us having to figure out how to walk through this world together.” – Jacqueline Woodson


431. Look closely at the present you're constructing, it should look like the future you're dreaming. - Alice Walker


432. “Embrace a diversity of ideas. Embrace the fact that you can disagree with people and not be disagreeable. Embrace the fact that you can find common ground - if you disagree on nine out of 10 things, but can find common ground on that 10th, maybe you can make progress. If you can find common ground, you can accomplish great things.” - David Boies, Lawyer


433. “Diversity, or the state of being different, isn't the same as inclusion. One is a description of what is, while the other describes a style of interaction essential to effective teams and organizations.” — Bill Crawford, Psychologist (Source: Leading Differently)


434. “Feminism isn’t about making women strong. Women are already strong. It’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength.” —G.D. Anderson


435. “Diversity is the engine of invention. It generates creativity that enriches the world.” - Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada


436. “When everyone is included, everyone wins.” — Jesse Jackson, Civil Rights Activist


437. “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.”


438. “When we listen and celebrate what is both common and different, we become a wiser, more inclusive, and better organization.” — Pat Wadors, Head of HR at LinkedIn (Source: LinkedIn)


439. “You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas." - Shirley Chisholm


440. A garden's beauty never lies in one flower. –Matshona Dhliwayo


441. “What we have to do… is to find a way to celebrate our diversity and debate our differences without fracturing our communities.” – Hillary Clinton


442. “We have to stop thinking about diversity and start thinking about inclusion.”


443. I didn't learn to be quiet when I had an opinion. The reason they knew who I was is because I told them. Ursula Burns, Xerox CEO


444. “There is a huge business case for diversity. You will be making products for people you don't understand, you don't interact with. If you don't have an inclusive, diverse workforce, it makes you myopic.”


445. “Be brave enough to be your true self.” – Queen Latifah


446. “You do not want to be in a creative organization with everybody being like-minded and stroking each other’s creative egos. You want differences of opinion… constructively.” – Cate Blanchett


447. “It is understanding that gives us an ability to have peace. When we understand the other fellow’s viewpoint, and he understands ours, then we can sit down and work out our differences.” – Harry S Truman


448. You cannot have those things you refuse to dream of. - Stacey Abrams


449. “When everyone is included, everyone wins.” — Jesse Jackson, Civil Rights Activist


450. “Diversity, or the state of being different, isn’t the same as inclusion. One is a description of what is, while the other describes a style of interaction essential to effective teams and organizations.”

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