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Authentic Diversity
How to Change the Workplace for Good

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ISBN 9780367085674
October 19, 2020 Forthcoming by Productivity Press
184 Pages

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Book Description

America is about to become a minority-majority nation. And yet, companies across the country do not reflect the transforming demographics of our nation, particularly with leadership. For decades, leaders have heard variations on the same theme on how to increase workplace diversity. It’s time to stop following failing trends. It’s time to lead change.

In Make Diversity Matter, culture change expert and renowned speaker, Michelle Silverthorn, explains how to transform diversity and inclusion from mere lip service into the very heart of leadership. Following the journey of a young Black woman in the workplace, leaders learn the old rules of diversity that keep failing her and millions like her again and again, and the new rules they must put in place to make equity and inclusion a reality for everyone. A millennial, immigrant, and Black woman in America, Michelle Silverthorn will transform your understanding of diversity and inclusion in the workplace and equip you with the skills to successfully recruit, retain, and lead a diverse workforce.

Change the rules, change the world. That’s how great leaders make diversity matter for good.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Hello from the 70th Floor

Chapter 2. Why We Are Stuck on Workplace Diversity

Chapter 3. Old Rule #1. Just Make the Business Case for Diversity

Chapter 4. Old Rule #2. Make Sure You Mention That Bias is OK

Chapter 5. Old Rule #3: Whatever You Do, Don't Mention Race

Chapter 6. Old Rule #4. Everyone Starts at the Same Starting Line

Chapter 7. Old Rule #5. And Our Culture Welcomes Everyone

Chapter 8: It’s Time to Change the Rules

Chapter 9. New Rule #1. Make The People Case for Diversity

Chapter 10. New Rule #2. Build A Data-Driven Diversity Strategy

Chapter 11. New Rule #3. Want to Hire the "Right Fit"? Use Competencies to Find Them

Chapter 12: New Rule #4. Build a Community That Works for Your Marginalized Employees

Chapter 13. New Rule #5. Make Authentic Diversity Matter for Good

Chapter 14. Goodbye from the 70th Floor

Chapter 15. Change the World

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Michelle Sharpe Silverthorn is a recognized leader in diversity, education, and inter-generational dynamics. As the Diversity & Education Director for the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, Michelle expands the Commission’s national presence through blogs, social networking sites, and online discussion groups on legal education, diversity and young lawyers.

Michelle is also the chief instructional designer for the Commission’s numerous educational offerings, including our new hour-long series of online interactive courses. In addition, Michelle works with law schools, law students and other legal groups, developing interactive and dynamic education courses and workshops. She writes and speaks frequently on inter-generational issues in the workplace. she is certified both in instructional design and intercultural competency.

Prior to joining the Commission, Michelle worked as a litigation associate with Schiff Hardin in Chicago and Latham & Watkins in New York City. she also previously worked as an arts and entertainment journalist in Trinidad and Tobago, a legal researcher in Puno, Peru and Geneva, Switzerland, and a volunteer teacher in Gaborone, Botswana and Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Michelle grew up in the Caribbean and now lives in Chicago with her husband Daniel and their two daughters. She volunteers in her local and professional community, including serving as Co-chair of the Michigan Law Alumni Club of Chicago, Director for the Princeton Club of Chicago, and an elected Community Representative for her Local School Council. Michelle received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University and her law degree from the University of Michigan Law School.