CHAPTER SIX

Stay Committed to the Journey

With the historical focus on marginalized groups, we’ve been treating diversity and inclusion as if we’d focus only on crunches to prepare for a marathon—when really the entire body needs to prepare for the endeavor. We need to strengthen all the muscles of the body to take that leap forward.

—TIA SILAS, VP, CHIEF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION OFFICER, IBM

If you think back to the story I shared in the introduction where I was hired to lead an inclusion training for twenty-five white male executives who didn’t want to be there, maybe you now have a different perspective on all of the things that might have led to that moment. Chances are, biases permeated that company’s culture countless times over the years, ...

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