Even the most passionate advocates for diversity, equity, and inclusion have been known to treat equity as the middle child—the concept they skip over to get to the warm, fuzzy feelings of inclusion. But Minal Bopaiah shows throughout this book that equity is critical if organizations really want to leverage differences for greater impact.
Equity allows leaders to create organizations where employees can contribute their unique strengths and collaborate better with peers. Bopaiah explains how leaders can effectively raise awareness of systemic bias and craft new policies that lead to better outcomes and lasting behavioral changes. This book is rich in real-world examples, such as managing partners at a consulting firm who learn to retell their personal stories of success by crediting their systemic advantages and news managers at NPR who redesign their processes to support greater diversity among news sources. This slender book expands DEI past human resources initiatives and shows how leaders can embed equity into core business functions like marketing and communications.
Filled with humor, heart, and pragmatism, Equity is a guidebook for change, answering the question of how that so many leaders are asking today.
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About the Author
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations ix
Introduction: The Virtue of Equity 1
Chapter 1 The Relationship between Bias, Systems, and Equity 15
Chapter 2 A Design Approach to IDEA 29
Chapter 3 Engaged and Equitable Leadership 49
Chapter 4 Bridging the Gap 65
Chapter 5 Communicating the Change 77
Chapter 6 Creating Equity through Media and Marketing 93
Conclusion: Cocreating an Equitable World 111
Discussion Guide 123
About the Author 157
About Brevity & Wit 161