Written to advise how to get started in, and develop a career as, diversity consultants. This succinct cookbook provides the guidance to get you going and succeed.The cookbook metaphor reflects the delicate nature of diversity consulting where the little things can make a significant difference in the final outcome. As with cooking where a dash of seasoning, the choice of temperature, or cooking time, impact the final dish, so the wrong balance in creating an environment that is welcoming and constructive while addressing issues that may be disorienting for the audience can ruin a presentation before it gets started. Like a cookbook, this book is set out in small chunks. It covers the need to audit and enhance your skills and knowledge, establish your brand and what you distinctively bring to the table, develop your outreach and contacts, and learn to listen to clients to determine what interventions will achieve their long-term goals.It addresses developing your strategic plan with a clear sense of mission, vision, and values; moves on to topics such as financial planning, pricing, contracts, scheduling, and considerations about presentation styles and handouts; and gets down to the specifics of marketing, with ideas on business cards, websites, networking, and even how to dress. For anyone contemplating embarking on a career as a diversity consultant – either part-time while holding an existing position or as a full-time endeavor, this is an invaluable guide for getting started, and for keeping at your side as you develop your practice.
Foreword—Jamie Washington 1. Setting the Table—Eddie Moore Jr., Art Munin, and Marguerite Penick-ParksLesson 1. The New Consultant Blues—Orinthia Swindell Lesson 2. Community Is Essential—Vijay Pendakur Lesson 3. Managing Emotions—Dena Samuels 2. Ethics Inherent in Diversity Education—Moore, Munin, Penick-Parks Lesson 4. Finding Ways to Continually Check Our Privilege and Hold Ourselves Accountable—Diane J. Goodman Lesson 5. Doing Good Work Can Come with a Target on Your Back—Jacqueline Battalora Lesson 6. Justice, Not Vengeance. Overcoming the Dehumanization of Dysconscious Racism—Devon Alexander 3. Starting Your Journey—Eddie Moore Jr., Art Munin, and Marguerite Penick-Parks Lesson 7. Effective Listening. The Secret Sauce of Diversity Consultants—John Igwebuike Lesson 8. There's a Black Man Talking!—Bryant K. Smith Lesson 9. White Man Talking—Tim Wise Lesson 10. Be Prepared for Anything and Surprised by Nothing—Vernon A. Wall 4. Putting Out Your Shingle—Eddie Moore Jr., Art Munin, and Marguerite Penick-Parks Lesson 11. Stress Kills—Sumun L. Pendakur Lesson 12. Radical Politics Made Me Antimotherhood—Ali Michael Lesson 13. Global Consulting. Challenges, Opportunities, and Possibilities—Ritu Bhasin 5. Don't Try to Be Big...Just Do Big Things!—Eddie Moore Jr., Art Munin, and Marguerite Penick-Parks Conclusion Lesson 14. Fourteen Staple Ingredients in My Consulting Kitchen—Peggy McIntosh Afterword—Joey Iazzetto About the Editors and Contributors Index
“Most of us who lead diversity, equity and inclusion work had to figure out the who, what, where, when and why on our own. The Diversity Consultant Cookbook is a wonderful collection of voices from experienced consultants across the nation who share challenges they’ve faced along the way and great tips for becoming a successful consultant. This book is a great place to start for anyone curious about what it takes to lead others in this challenging work.”
Caprice D. Hollins
“As I read The Diversity Consultant Cookbook I kept thinking This book is an act of solidarity and love. Some of the most powerful diversity, equity, and inclusion experts I know offer insightful practical advice on entering and living in this work. More importantly, they offer wise words on sustaining the integrity of equity and diversity work. I will return to this book regularly. I’m willing to bet you will, too.”
Social Justice Activist, Educator, and Author; Associate Professor at George Mason University
"How I wish I’d had this book when I’d set out seven years ago full of questions and trepidation. With advice from leading DEI practitioners about everything from client care, self-care, engagement preparation, and maintaining integrity and a growth mindset along the journey, The Diversity Consultant Cookbook is sure to become a must-have for anyone in or entering the field. What a gift to us all."
Author, Waking Up White, And Finding Myself in the Story of Race
From the Foreword:
“Today, as the demand grows for people to have the capacity to work effectively within and across difference, the need for skilled and effective diversity consultants is critical. This book offers important topics to consider if you believe you have what it takes to serve your profession and community in this way....While the demand is greater now than ever, the work needed to hone your craft and establish your unique brand is also greater. The Diversity Consultant Cookbook will get you ready, so that you will not only want to serve the meal but enjoy the preparation as well.”
President and Founder, Washington Consulting Group; Visiting Assistant Professor, Winston Salem State University, and 2019 President, ACPA
“The Diversity Consultant Cookbook is a welcome addition to the field. The authors have managed to gather a wide range of perspectives that give any practitioner a head start in identifying critical distinctions of diversity and finding ways to address them. The work is substantive and has wide breadth at the same time. This book will make a difference…I recommend it highly!”
Author, Our Search for Belonging, Everyday Bias, and ReInventing Diversity