This book offers a proven strategy for creating racial equity in an organization. If you are wondering whether your organization has achieved racial equity, look to your management ranks. If they do not mirror the racial composition of the work force, racial equity is absent.
This book lays out a comprehensive, leader-driven strategy for changing the structures and practices in your organization that will enable it to achieve and maintain racial equity. The approaches described in the book are not theoretical. They have all been used and proven effective.
The author taught organizational management at the graduate level for seven years and has been a consultant for over thirty-five years. He spent twenty years working with Fortune 500 companies on issues of racial equity, and has consulted extensively in the business, governmental, educational, and non-profit sectors. He has a doctorate from Boston University with a specialty in organization development. For more information and updates, visit workplace-equity.com.
I had the opportunity to engage in life-changing work with Michael Burkart while leading a large, complex team at Wachovia Corp in the early 2000’s. As a company, we focused on issues of race, gender, and sexual orientation based on the very same principles he espouses in this book. The work was hard because it required people with innate privilege, starting with me, to become extremely vulnerable and accept that the playing field isn’t level for every person. I have led the same work at two additional companies (eBay and AvidXchange) and can say without hesitation that while the cultural change work takes time, it leaves a legacy. What better outcome could any transformational leader hope for than that? — Steve Boehm, Manager
Michael Burkart and I are lifelong colleagues and friends…Michael has shown astonishing understanding of power dynamics, white privilege and the dynamics of difference…He is spot on that committed and consistent leadership is required over time to achieve equality and equity in workplaces. I agree with him and appreciate him and his commitment to equality and inclusion more as the days go on. He is courageous and unflinching on this topic, even when the majority group, of which he is a member, resists his message. — Nelson Hewitt, Consultant; former City of Columbus, OH Equal Opportunity Officers
About the author
Michael Burkart, Ed.D., has provided consulting to managers and organizations since 1978. From 1990 until 2008, he was a diversity consultant with Elsie Y. Cross Associates, Inc. This black-woman owned consulting firm worked with Fortune 500 companies in the following sectors: finance, petroleum, pharmaceuticals. He also consulted for DelTech with companies in the sectors of aerospace, manufacturing, chemicals and truck rentals. Currently he works with Collaborations Group, Inc., that advises elite private colleges on issue of cultural change, necessitated by the diverse student body that these colleges have recruited.