Crossing the Thinnest Line

How Embracing Diversity-from the Office to the Oscars-Makes America Stronger


By Lauren Leader-Chivee

Read by Sarah Mollo-Christensen

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FROM THE VERY FOUNDING OF OUR NATION, diversity has been one of our greatest strengths but also the greatest source of conflict. In less than a generation, America will become “minority-majority,” and the world economy, already interconnected, will be even more globalized. The stakes for how we handle this evolution couldn’t be higher. Will diversity be a source of growth, prosperity, and progress-or perpetual division and strife?

America has the potential to realize huge gains economically and socially by more fully capitalizing on diversity, but significant challenges remain and it’s a problem that all Americans should be focused on solving. Despite tremendous progress, women and minorities still face barriers to accessing the full promise of the American dream. It doesn’t have to be this way. Many of the solutions are right in front of us, and many exceptional, committed Americans are doing their part to make a difference.

In the twenty-first century, nations will prosper only insofar as they embrace and celebrate the individuals, organizations, and collective efforts to advance every kind of diversity. Lauren Leader-Chivée believes America must lead the way. In CROSSING THE THINNEST LINE, she explores the state of our diverse union and shares important stories of progress and potential, highlighting those who are crossing dividing lines of race, gender, culture, and political party to build a more united and prosperous nation. Her revelations will transform the discussion and set the agenda for America’s progress on these critical issues. A work of originality and ambition, CROSSING THE THINNEST LINE changes our understanding of diversity and offers lessons to change our lives and our country.


  • 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.
    Mohamed 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 LINELine 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
  • 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 personal story and honesty about her own challenges inspire us all to do better and lead by example. Bravo to Lauren for writing a fascinating, important book at a critical time.
    Anne Fulenwider, Editor-In-Chief of Marie Claire
  • 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.
    Billie Jean King
  • "Ground-breaking. . . .a much needed discussion."
    Ava Williams,

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Sep 20, 2016
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Lauren Leader-Chivee

About the Author

LAUREN LEADER-CHIVÉE is an author, activist, and an expert and advisor on diversity and women’s issues. She was recently named one of Fortune’s 50 Most Influential Women on Twitter. She is founder and CEO of All In Together, a nonprofit campaign dedicated to engaging American women in politics and civic action.

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