Clearing the Path to Workplace Equity with Competence and Confidence
by Tara Jaye Frank
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Pub Date 03 May 2022 | Archive Date Not set
Amplify Publishing Group, Amplify Publishing
What really drives workplace equity and inclusion―beyond strategies and systems?
The truth is, all historically excluded persons who have broken through to greater levels of professional belonging and achievement have succeeded not by policy and systems change alone, but because of leaders who chose to remove barriers, open doors, and guide them toward their goals. The bottom line? Someone made a way for them.
Using case studies, data, and candid storytelling, Tara Jaye Frank outlines how leaders with power and position can clear the path to workplace equity by
• discovering where you are on your equity journey today;
• embracing the steps required to achieve true equity;
• understanding what your employees really want from you;
• developing a lens for the big barriers and intervention opportunities;
• connecting the dots between meeting talent needs and unlocking company value;
• recognizing when Waymaking matters most; and
• showing up—every day—as a leader who makes a way.
The Waymakers not only makes a compelling case for change. It also teaches you how to facilitate that change. Once you’ve read it, you’ll understand why the question is not “what” drives equity and inclusion, but “who.”
“This is simply the best book on diversity and inclusion I have read. Drawing extensively from research and unerringly told personal experience, author Tara Jaye Frank indeed helps us find a way forward. Hers is a must-read book for anyone who wants to be part of the solution.” —Amy C. Edmondson, professor, Harvard Business School; author of The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth
“Tara’s candid and incisive wisdom offer a fresh perspective on the future of work, empowering us all to take action around creating a more inclusive, equitable workplace. The Waymakers can and should change the way you lead.” —Tom Hayes, president and CEO, Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc.
“Tara Jaye Frank is a Waymaker. She shines light, gives voice, interrupts patterns, and shows us the path to leading with integrity, heart, and humanity. Filled with wisdom, insight, and practical steps, The Waymakers will guide you toward becoming a better leader and human being.” —Shelly McNamara, author, No Blanks, No Pauses: A Path to Loving Self and Others; chief equality and inclusion officer, Procter & Gamble
“The Waymakers shares with clarity the essence of what truly unlocks the promise of an organization. Rejecting the notion that well-intentioned people are enough, Frank sheds light on how choices and a commitment to lead can help us leverage the full potential of every person. Any leader who questions how to maximize their business outcomes through people in an equitable way will find the answers in The Waymakers.” —Mike Hyter, president and CEO, Executive Leadership Council
“Pointed, practical and powerful, The Waymakers serves as a guide to achieving and sustaining workplace equity, while reminding us—unflinchingly—that equity is not niceness, and that successful leaders learn the difference.” —Latriece Watkins, executive vice president, Consumables, Walmart US
“Frank deftly outlines the keys to achieving true equity and inclusion—a gift for leaders who are ready to go beyond just diversity.” —Anré Williams, CEO, American Express National Bank, group president, Enterprise Services
“The Waymakers moves the cerebral equity versus equality debate to a place that is centered around ‘heart work.’ This fantastic read offers more clarity and insight into inclusion issues than any book I’ve read since college.” —Nzinga Shaw, president, TurnkeyZRG; global practice lead and chief inclusion and diversity officer, ZRG
“Tara Jaye Frank’s The Waymakers cuts through the noise, maneuvers around the excuses, and reaches beyond our self-imposed limitations to remind us that we, the people, are who make our companies great—one equitable choice at a time.” —Michele C. Meyer-Shipp, Esq., former chief people and culture officer, Major League Baseball
“Too often in the workplace, people stop talking to each other because we’re afraid. We don’t know what to say, or don’t want to make a mistake, or feel too exposed to admit our own learning curves. The Waymakers teaches us how to become curious and connect—to live in community. Tara Jaye Frank makes it feel urgently possible.” —Beth Andrix Monaghan, founder and CEO of Inkhouse
“Tara Jaye Frank’s The Waymakers is an exceptional guide to building and sustaining a thriving and equitable workplace. Every business leader who is serious about making lasting and substantive change should read this book.” —Soraya Chemaly, award-winning author of Rage Becomes Her
“Tara Jaye Frank’s thoughtful insights and techniques pierce the heart of the inequity problem, which simply can’t be denied after reading this book. CEOs who are serious about diversity, equity, and inclusion need this resource in their hip pockets at all times.” —Dantaya Williams, executive vice president and chief human resources officer, Raytheon Technologies
“Waymaking should be at the center of every leader’s agenda. Tara Jaye Frank’s new book, The Waymakers, will help leaders effectively become better sponsors.” —Minda Harts, NYT best-selling author of The Memo
“Tara Jaye Frank’s work has inspired me and our NEW community to lead with great conviction and impact on behalf of all women. Now The Waymakers provides that same inspiration with actionable solutions to every leader who strives to unlock true equity. This is the life-changing invitation you simply cannot ignore.” —Sarah Alter, president and CEO, Network of Executive Women
“True leadership isn’t having all the answers; it’s asking the right questions. It’s having the self-awareness and vulnerability to put the team above yourself . . . to dive into the deep end to listen and learn. When it comes to creating equitable workplaces, many of us have held back due to a lack of knowledge, experience, or comfort. Tara Jaye Frank’s The Waymakers provides powerful examples, insights, and a clear path for impact—and makes it plain that change requires courage.” —Wendy Davidson, president of Americas, Glanbia Performance Nutrition
“Getting to equity requires two things: truth and action. In this book, Tara Jaye Frank shows us the way.” —James Rhee, impact investor/CEO and John H. Johnson Chair of Entrepreneurship, Howard University
“I’ve had a front-row seat to Tara’s unique ability to convey truths about workplace equity that well-meaning executives need to know but sometimes find difficult to hear. The Waymakers further cements that Tara Jaye Frank is the much-needed mind and voice of our time.“ —D. Keith Pigues, founder, C-suite advisor, and board executive
“Winning in any business during times of intense change comes down to people and perspectives. The Waymakers charts a path to unleashing both in clear, compelling, and infinitely actionable terms.” —Kevin Samuelson, CEO, Infor
“Actionable and inspiring, The Waymakers is rich with tools and possibilities. Keep this book within arm’s reach. I know I will!” —Dolly Chugh, author, The Person You Mean to Be