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Renée Richardson Gosline, Mindful Leadership

The MIT community is more diverse than any time in Institute history. More than 30 percent of the 11,000-plus student body is from outside the United States, nearly 30 percent are members of U.S. minority groups, and nearly 40 percent are women.

Diverse communities require mindful leadership. So, how can leaders be more effective in creating a more inclusive environment? MIT Sloan Assistant Professor Renée Richardson Gosline says start by being mindful: recognize the biases that affect us all, and question our own heuristics—decision-making shortcuts provided by the subconscious. In this Slice of MIT Podcast, Professor Gosline applies her background in marketing to MIT’s goals of diversity and inclusion, and how our authentic self must be at the core of our leadership goals. (Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.)

During the podcast, Professor Gosline will occasionally refer to images and charts. While these images aren’t necessary to follow along, you can find a slideshow, complete with a time stamp of when each image appears, below.

[layerslider id="24"] Professor Gosline’s lecture was recorded at the 2015 MIT Alumni Leadership Conference, MIT’s cornerstone event for alumni volunteer that features discussions with Institute leadership and updates on the future of MIT. For more information on the conference, and how you can attend ALC on September 23–24, 2016, visit

Listen to podcast above or on the Alumni Association’s SoundCloud page. And don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes and rate the podcast and leave a review. Tweet your thoughts on this episode to @mit_alumni.


Wed, 12/09/2015 12:05pm

I have to laugh when I hear "inclusivity" and "non-judgemental" -- that Dictatorship of Relativism (a phrase of Cardinal Ratzinger) is why we have such a high suicide rate at MIT -- a lack of any morality but one's own ego as guide. Todays NY Times (page C1) mocks such "an inclusive environment" in Southpark cartoon satire:

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