Crossing the Thinnest Line

Crossing the Thinnest Line paints a compelling picture of what we as a country have to gain from embracing the diversity all around us. Lauren’s personality story and honesty about her own challenges inspire us all to do better and lead by example. Brave to Lauren for writing a fascinating, important book at a critical time.”

—ANNE FULENWIDER, editor in chief, Marie Claire Magazine

“Lauren Leader-Chivee has written a passionate, elegant, and well-reasoned argument about why we should celebrate, rather than fear, America’s greatest strength: its unity in diversity. This is a message we all urgently need to hear—now more than ever.”

―REZA ASLAN, author of No god but God and Zealot

“Skillfully combining insightful data analyses and engaging experiences, Crossing the Thinnest Line makes a compelling case for a solution-focused approach to promoting inclusiveness and diversity. It also does so by skillfully bringing to life a range of economic and social aspects that are both important and urgent. The book will become an invaluable guide for those looking to promote meritocracies and position better for tomorrow’s more uncertain world.”

―MOHAMAD A. EL-ERIAN, author of The Only Game in Town and When Markets Collide

“At a time of seemingly intractable polarization, Lauren Leader-Chivee paints a picture of a more tolerant, inclusive nation which promises greater prosperity and a more meaningful American experience. Crossing the Thinnest Line makes a clear and compelling case for why and how we can do better, individually and collectively.”

―JAY NEWTON-SMALL, Time Magazine and author of Broad Influence

“With stories from the Civil War to the Internet Boom, society has advanced and prospered due to diversity. Lauren Leader-Chivee shows us that crossing the line that divides us results in a new world-a better one. Crossing the Thinnest Line should be required reading for those who want to build a brighter future.”

―MAYNARD WEBB, founder of the Webb Investment Network, author of Rebooting Work, Former COO eBay, and Chairman of the Board of Directors at Yahoo!

“Working to advance diversity and embrace true equality has never been more important. In Crossing the Thinnest Line, Lauren Leader-Chivee challenges us to move towards a solutions-focused conversation about diversity where each of us can make a difference.”


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In Crossing the Thinnest Line, Lauren Leader looks at America and describes the possibility for our nation when we embrace our differences.

At the heart of America’s current social conflict are fundamental questions about our values as a nation. What does it mean to be American? When will women be fully equal? What should we do about immigration? Will we ever fully embrace the LGBT community into our society? Will racism diminish in a majority/minority future America? As one of the most diverse nations on earth, how can we live together peacefully and productively?

At a time of seemly intractable conflict, Leader passionately argues that we must find a way to make our multifaceted diversity an asset, or else it will continue to be our deepest and most painful source of strife. In Crossing the Thinnest Line, she explains it is possible to bridge our divides and turn our differences into a source of ingenuity, innovation, and prosperity. It is possible to talk about difference so that everyone becomes part of the solution.


Lauren talks about Crossing the Thinnest Line and the importance of diversity
across in all platforms in society today.

Lauren talks about Crossing the Thinnest Line and the importance of diversity across in all platforms in society today.

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About Lauren

A writer, researcher and thought leader on diversity and women’s issues-in the workplace, in politics and in between.


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