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“Dr. Robert Livingston is a leader in identifying steps to combat bias, and his work is a critical resource for those committed to expanding inclusion and belonging. At Airbnb we have been lucky to partner with him on these important efforts, and know that The Conversa­tion will be a tool for anyone seeking to advance equality.”


About Robert Livingston

Dr. Robert Livingston is a social psychologist and one of the nation’s leading experts on the science underlying bias and racism in organizations. For two decades, he has served as a diversity consultant to scores of Fortune 500 companies, public-sector agencies, and non-profit organizations.

About The Conversation

An essential tool for individuals, organizations, and communities of all sizes to jump-start dialogue on racism and bias and to transform well-intentioned statements on diversity into concrete actions—from a leading Harvard expert.


Dr. Livingston has worked with over a hundred organizations across a broad array of sectors and industries in the United States and Canada, as well as in Europe, Asia, and South America

Technology  •  Legal  •  Health Care  •  Banking/Finance  •  Professional Services  •  Manufacturing  •  Insurance  •  Higher Education
Telecommunications  •  Municipal  •  Federal  •  Non-Profit/NGO  •  Pharmaceutical  •  Fashion and Beauty  •  Travel and Hospitality


Dr. Livingston is currently on the faculty of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He has worked as a teacher and researcher at various universities in the U.S. and abroad, serving as Assistant Professor of Psychology and Afro-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and Professor of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management at the University of Sussex, where he also served as Head of the Organizational Behaviour Area and Director of the Centre for Leadership, Ethics, and Diversity (LEAD). He has also held sabbatical visiting professorships at Princeton University and Carnegie Mellon University. His research on implicit bias, the dynamics of social hierarchy, and the intersection of racial/gender identity and power has been published in leading scientific journals and has been featured in numerous prominent media outlets.


The Conversation is a major achievement, one that is poised to play a significant role in improving our understanding of bias in the workplace”

Robin Ely, Diane Doerge Wilson Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

“Dr. Livingston’s book, just like his live presentations, is one of the most compelling articulations of the problems of racism and discrimination that I have encountered.”

Laura W. Murphy, civil rights activist, consultant, and former director, ACLU Washington Legislative Office

“After devoting decades of his life working to end systemic racism, Livingston speaks not only with authority but with a refreshing optimism.”

David Gergen, CNN Political Analyst, Adviser to Four US Presidents, and Professor of Public Service at the Harvard Kennedy School

“Livingston’s expertise as a researcher, teacher, and practitioner is on full display in The Conversation.”

Miguel M. Unzueta, professor and senior associate dean, UCLA Anderson School of Management

“Livingston has made the important and challenging task of truly addressing systemic racism within an organization approachable and achievable.”

Alex Timm, co-founder and CEO, Root Insurance


“This book should be required reading for leaders and all those who share the goal of a more equitable future.”

William P. Gipson, retired Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Procter & Gamble