Ending Checkbox Diversity: Rewriting the Story of Performative Allyship in Corporate America

  • 3h 2m 58s
  • Dannie Lynn Fountain
  • Berrett-Koehler Publishers
  • 2022

DEI isn’t just a box to check.

As a triple minority who passes for a straight white woman in corporate America, Dannie Lynn Fountain has seen too many companies pretend to care about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) only for its public relations outcomes.

In Ending Checkbox Diversity, Fountain explores how the current structure of corporate DEI lends itself to the continued oppression of marginalized identities. She examines the narrow objectives and metrics that allow for shallow or no improvement and how shifting diversity responsibility to employee resource groups enables companies to disclaim responsibility for making meaningful progress. She looks at the impact of Zennials and Gen Zers, the most diverse generations ever, and breaks down precisely why some notable examples of poor DEI initiatives failed (and what should have been done differently). And she builds a road map for what real DEI looks like and how to avoid the performative allyship trope.

About the Author

Dannie Lynn Fountain is a staffer at Google by day and a DEI and employee engagement strategist for private clients and corporations by night. She is also a seasoned corporate speaker and a regular guest contributor who has been quoted and interviewed by the New York Times, Forbes, Bustle, Business Insider, Cosmopolitan, the Everygirl, Girlboss, and others. She was named to the 2020 OBO list of 100 Most Innovative Entrepreneurs and awarded the Albion College Young Alumni Award.

In this Audiobook

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1 - Where Did DEI Come From?
  • Chapter 2 - Does Diversity Training Actually Impact Inclusive Behaviors?
  • Chapter 3 - How Do We Measure “Diversity”?
  • Chapter 4 - Modern-Day DEI and Why Things Are Changing
  • Chapter 5 - DEI Failures
  • Chapter 6 - The Impact of COVID-19 on Corporate Diversity
  • Chapter 7 - The Language of Inclusion
  • Chapter 8 - The Underrepresented Advocacy Experience
  • Chapter 9 - A Roadmap for Truly Effective Corporate DEI
  • Chapter 10 - Intentional
  • Chapter 11 - Thoughtful
  • Chapter 12 - Bold Leadership
  • Chapter 13 - Acknowledge Your Mistakes