How to Make the Case for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion | Tiffany Manuel


This Is Our Moment

Ep. 154 - Dr. Tiffany Manuel is the President and CEO of TheCaseMade, an organization dedicated to helping leaders powerfully and intentionally make the case for systems change. She works with hundreds of passionate social change leaders, changemakers and innovators around the United States who are building better, stronger communities that are diverse, equitable and inclusive. In this episode, Tiffany explains the work she’s doing to address affordable housing, diversity, equity, and inclusion in segregated communities. Listen in to learn how to leverage data to make a good case against big issues affecting the community today. You will also learn how you can start changing the world by breaking your dominant narratives.

Key Takeaways:

  • How to act upon injustices by taking the necessary steps to change history and such situations
  • How to translate big issues for communities to understand and lean into them
  • How to champion and bring other champions into the conversation of affordable housing as a leader
  • Learn how to leverage data to make a good case against issues facing the community

"We have to change the way people see the world we live in and reenvision it so that we get to a place where diversity, equity, and inclusion are the standard." -Dr. Tiffany Manuel

In this episode you'll discover:

How Tiffany was influenced by her parents and grandparents to empower others [1:00]

How things like economic progress, racial justice, climate change explain why this is the moment [1:52]

Tiffany’s partnership with Richard Rothstein to address housing inequality [3:41]

She talks about her passion for transitional data to make it easy for communities to understand [5:50]

The importance of providing fundamental equality to eliminate the idea of racial segregation [9:32]

Connect your why with others’ whys and champion for the conversation of affordable housing [11:50]

Building better data to build better solutions and make better cases [14:20]

Learning how to break dominant narratives about how you see the world to change it [19:46]

The future of diversity and inclusion, which will start at the top of the organization [23:33]

Tiffany’s views on the benefits of the BLM and the Me-Too movements [26:02]

The moment that she learned to always have rules consisting of diversity, equity, and inclusion [27:20]

How to always lean into your values as a leader to lift diversity, equity, and inclusion [30:22]


DrT (as she prefers to be called) is a dynamic speaker, bestselling author, and the President and CEO of TheCaseMade, an organization dedicated to helping leaders powerfully and intentionally make the case for systems change.

DrT grew up in Detroit, Michigan during one of the most turbulent times in the city’s history. It was because of the challenges of that experience that she champions better policy, programs, investments, and services that can transform our cities and communities for the better. It is also the reason that DrT has worked to expand opportunity, equity, and inclusion through 25+ years of professional and volunteer experience spanning the private and non-profit sectors, government, and academia.

Trained as a social scientist in quantitative and qualitative methods, she is a self-professed “data, policy, and messaging wonk!” She is passionate about translating the insights harvested from her research and practice to improve our ability to build public will around the critical issues that matter most.

She is currently collaborating with Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law, on the Redress Racial Segregation Movement.


She holds a doctorate and master’s degrees in public policy from the University of Massachusetts Boston, a master’s degree in
political science from Purdue University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago.


DrT has served on numerous nonprofit and social-impact boards and is a lifetime member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority,
Incorporated, an African American public service sorority.



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