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Book & Reading Recommendations
  • “Insight Out” - Tina Seelig  - As a leading expert on creativity, Seelig unlocks the pathway from imagination to implementation.

  • “Presence” - Peter Senge - “Presence” is not a typical business book. It is both a guide and a challenge to leaders to transform their institutions into powerful agents of change using our wisdom and creativity.

  • "Why Diverse Teams are More Innovative" -

  • “Women At Work - A Guide for Men” - Joanne Lipman, Chief Content Officer, Gannet and the 1st female deputy managing editor of the WSJ &  

  • “Lead From The Heart” – Mark C Crowley – Mark directly refutes conventional thinking and proves that leading with a balance of both mind and heart has become essential to organizational success.

  • “Conversational Intelligence” - How Great Leaders Build Trust - Judith Glaser

  • “Centered Leadership” - Leading with Purpose, Clarity, and Impact - Joanna Barsh·     

  • “Switch On” - Nick Seneca Jankel  -  A ground-breaking fusion of the latest neuroscience, creativity and practical philosophy and tools for making transformation happen through the art of thriving in Leadership.

  • “Creative Chaos” - Drew Davidson, Carnegie Mellon University, professor, producer, and player of entertainment technology and media. -

  • “IGDA Developers Satisfaction Survey 2014-2017” - an Annual survey that includes data about industry demographics and diversity.

  • “Doughnut Economics” - Kate Raworth - The best emergent ideas—from ecological, behavioral, feminist, and institutional economics to complexity thinking and Earth-systems science—to address this question: How can we create economies that make us thrive.

  • “Thinking, Fast and Slow” - Daniel Kahneman - Winner of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his pioneering work on decision making.

  • “Power and Love” -  Adam Kahane – This profound book offers us a wise way to negotiate our toughest group, community, and societal changes.

  • “Making Meaning: How Successful Businesses Deliver Meaningful Customer Experiences" - Steve Killer, Nathan Shedroff and Darrel Rhea.

  • “Beyond Barbie & Mortal Kombat” & “Diversifying Barbie & Mortal Kombat” - Collections of essays and research papers in diversity and intersectionality in games.

  • “Do Sex and Violence Sell? Maybe Not,  Says New Study” - Report on a study countering the conventional wisdom that sex and violence sells.

  • “Scientific Evidence that Booth Babes Don’t Sell Products” - A report on an industry experiment that demonstrated that booth babes are not actually good for business.

  •  “Gender Inclusive Game Design” - Sheri Graner Ray

  • “Alien Games: Do Girls Prefer Games Designed by Girls?” - Study demonstrating that girls are better at designing games that appeal to all genders.

  • “IndieCade Statement of Values” - Adapted from GaymerX Rules & Policies

  • “GaymerX Rules & Policies” -

  • “The amazing tool that women in the White House use to fight gender bias” - Article describing the technique of amplification as used in the Obama administration..

  • “The UnDoing Project” - Michael Lewis - How a Nobel Prize–winning theory of the mind altered our perception of reality.

  • “HardWiring Happiness” - Rick Hanson, PHD - The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence

  • "Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All" - Tom Kelley, IDEO Partner, David Kelley, IDEO Founder

  • "The Ten Faces of Innovation: IDEO's Strategies for Beating the Devil's Advocate and Driving Creativity Throughout Your Organization" - Tom Kelley, Jonathan Littman

  • “The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Pencil Can Create Extraordinary Change” - by Adam Braun


  • “Creativity Inc.” - Ed Catmull, co-founder Pixar - Achieving enormous success while holding fast to the highest artistic standards is a nice trick—and Pixar, with its creative leadership and persistent commitment to innovation, has pulled it off.

  • "Predictably Irrational” - Dan Ariely - According to Ariely, our understanding of economics, now based on the assumption of a rational subject, should, in fact, be based on our systematic, unsurprising irrationality. Ariely argues that greater understanding of previously ignored or misunderstood forces (emotions, relativity, and social norms) that influence our economic behavior brings a variety of opportunities for reexamining individual motivation and consumer choice, as well as economic and educational policy.

  • “Enchantment“ - Guy Kawasaki - Kawasaki argues that in business and personal interactions, your goal is not merely to get what you want but to bring about a voluntary, enduring, and delightful change in other people.

  • “Kingonomics” – Rodney Simpson – Kingonomics challenges individualistic and profit-focused business mentality in favor of collaboration, diversity and equal opportunity and explains why and how this approach can create abundant success for all.

  • “Creativity” – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi – Author of “Flow”

  • “Quantum Creativity” – Amit Goswami

  • Reinhabiting the Future - Co-Creating our Future – 60 authors

  • Narrative Generation – Ann Badillo, Tim Donovan, Tobin Trevarthen

  • The Collective Journey – Maya Zuckerman

  • Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth Buckminster Fuller

  • “Innovating Women” a collection of stories from women in tech

  • “Exponential Organizations” by Salim Ismail to understand how to empower deeper engagement, social collaboration, community play and experimentation to grow healthier disruptive endeavors

  • “Leaders Eat Last” - Simon Sinek focuses on why some teams gel and others fall apart.  “Great leaders sacrifice their own comfort--even their own survival--for the good of those in their care.”

  • "The Inner-Work of Leadership" - A Guide to Personal and Organizational Transformation - Barry Brownstein, PHD

  • "The No Asshole Rule: Building a Civilized Workplace and Surviving One That Isn't" - Robert I. Sutton, Business Plus

  • “Redesigning Leadership” - John Maeda discovers that the best way for a leader to leverage the collective power of a team is to reveal their own humanity.

  • “The Go-Giver: A Little Story about a Powerful Business Idea” - Bob Burg and John D. Mann. A story about the power of giving. December 27, 2007 by Portfolio

  • “The Benefits of a Creative Workplace” - Best Practice Consulting.

  • “Why Intergenerational Teams Are Often More Innovative” - - The Telegraph, July 17, 2017

  • “Global Diversity and Inclusion: Fostering Innovation Through a Diverse Workforce” - Forbes Insights Survey, July 2017.

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21st Century Leadership Content & Resources

Below is a living, collective document and a repository of 21st Century Leadership Resource Materials - books, articles, TED Talks, and Mindfullness Techniques contributed by thought-leaders across industries to inspire diversity, inclusivity, creativity, and equity.


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