Good Reads, Good Listens

A curated list of articles, podcasts, interviews and books about DEI

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Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) isn’t just a box to check. This trio includes perspective, representation, support, fairness and being receptive to others. It’s also about acceptance, similarities, differences and finding a common ground.

Here’s a list of articles, podcasts, interviews and books that will help enrich our collective understanding of DEI and demonstrate how we can collaborate, thrive and learn together.

SOA in Action

SOA CEO Gregory Heidrich Signs the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion
The SOA pledges to increase understanding and awareness of DEI in the actuarial profession.

The SOA and the CAS Expand the Diversity Exam Reimbursement Program for Actuarial Candidates
The SOA and CAS join efforts to increase support of underrepresented actuarial candidates.

Be the Authentic You

Bringing Your Authentic Self to Work
SOA President-Elect Jennifer L. Gillespie, FSA, MAAA, interviews Jamala Arland, FSA, CFA.

LGBTQ Inclusion in the Actuarial Profession and Society
Sara Teppema, FSA, MAAA, interviews Ron Gebhardtsbauer, FSA, MAAA.

Persevere With Passion
This Q&A with Rolande S. Mbatchou, ASA, MAAA, discusses diversity and leadership.

Celebrating Black History Month With IABA Leader Gloria Asare, FCAS, ACIA, MAAA
Gloria Asare, FCAS, ACIA, MAAA, highlights the significance of Black History Month.

Looking Beyond Sex
Why should actuaries consider gender vs. sex-based ratings?

Diversity and Inclusion at Work

Ted Talk: The Missing Link to Sustainable Diversity and Inclusion
Workshop facilitator Maria Morukian outlines practices to create dialogues around topics that divide us.

Ted Talk: How to Foster True Diversity and Inclusion at Work
Rosalind G. Brewer, former COO of Starbucks and now the CEO of Walgreens, invites leaders to rethink what it takes to create a truly inclusive workplace.

From the International Association of Black Actuaries
Find recommendations for employers to increase the number of successful Black actuaries.

Diversity and Inclusion Ignited
Embrace allies, incorporate inclusive behavior and promote grassroots movements to bring DEI to life.

Workplace Dynamics
Learn how to maximize diversity in lifestyles, working styles and personality types to work better together.

False Positives: Avoiding Pitfalls in Your Diversity Hiring
A deep dive into barriers to recruiting Black entry-level talent.

Bookmark It

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic Kindle and comiXology
Alison Bechdel’s groundbreaking, bestselling graphic memoir charts her fraught relationship with her late father.

Brown Girl Dreaming
Jacqueline Woodson, one of today’s finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse.

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