In this instructive manual, Celeste Headlee dives headfirst into fraught territory. Stop avoiding talking about race, she says, and tackle it head-on. Her step-by-step guide walks readers through the process. She suggests entering a conversation with a plan and a goal, being respectful and speaking with empathy, while avoiding a judgmental stance. Headlee is sufficiently nonpartisan that her helpful approach functions across races, creeds and ideologies.
About the Author
Award-winning journalist Celeste Headlee is a professional speaker and the author of We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter.
Comment on this summary
In our Journal
9 months ago
How to Lead Others
The demands of leading a team have changed radically in recent years. Time to relearn the basics. A 2023 study conducted by Oracle and Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, New York Times bestselling author of Everybody Lies, among more than 14,000 employees and business leaders across 17 countries, found that leaders are more and more struggling to make […]
12 months ago
“You Can’t Just Tack on DEI Work Like You Add an App to Your Phone.”
Journalist and author of Speaking Of Race, Celeste Headlee, talks about improving DEI by doing the work of having difficult conversations. In her book, Speaking Of Race, journalist and best-selling author Celeste Headlee recommends ways to approach difficult conversations, including racism. The best way to defuse tensions is to speak openly and often and be […]
1 year ago
Be A Better Ally
How to be part of the solution to end racism. Inclusive and diverse businesses lead to bigger bottom lines. Respect for different perspectives encourages engagement, collaboration, creativity and productivity. On top of that, it’s the ethical way to manage your workforce, recognizing that worker rights are human rights. But, as Pamela Newkirk writes in Diversity, Inc., […]
2 years ago
On the power of conversations to bring people together. Celeste Headlee is an award-winning journalist with National Public Radio where she co-hosts the Scene on Radio podcast. She is set to co-host Retro Report, a documentary series that looks at news stories within the context of historical meaning. Headlee earned a Master’s of Music degree […]