1st Edition

Authentic Diversity How to Change the Workplace for Good

By Michelle Silverthorn Copyright 2021
    186 Pages
    by Productivity Press

    186 Pages
    by Productivity Press

    The nation has transformed. The calls for racial equity are loud and insistent and they are now being listened to. And yet, companies across the country are still far behind when it comes to equity in the workplace. For decades, we've heard variations on the same theme on how to increase diversity and inclusion and we have still not moved. If we want equity to matter inside and outside the workplace, if we want to be real allies for change, then we need a new approach. We need to stop following trends. We need to lead change.

    In Authentic Diversity, culture change expert and diversity 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 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 success a reality for everyone. A millennial, immigrant, and Black woman in America, Michelle will show you how to lead a space centered on equity, allyship, and inclusion and how together we can build a new organization, and nation, centered on justice.

    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


    Michelle Silverthorn believes that diversity and inclusion needs a new voice for a new generation. As the Founder & CEO of Inclusion Nation, Michelle works with Fortune 500 companies, tech start-ups, non-profit organizations, universities, and numerous companies across every industry. A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Michigan Law School, Michelle previously worked as an arts and entertainment journalist in Trinidad and Tobago, a 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.