If the revolution is not televised, could it take place over a conference call? New Books Offer Ways To Amplify Marginalized Voices In The Workplace, In Meetings With Clients, And With Investor Money, And Offer Tips That Incorporate A Fuller Picture Of The American Workforce .
Minda Harts founded the Memo career development platform, which helps women of color advance in the workplace. In his next book The memo (Seal, Aug), she writes about issues that women of color, in particular, face, such as micro-aggression, systemic racism, and white privilege. “The media is just beginning to realize that women are not one piece,” says Stephanie Knapp, editor at Seal. “It is important that we do not confuse all women as having the same challenges and obstacles. “
And it is essential, say the editors, that working women with privilege, status and / or money use these resources in earnest. “There was Bend over, and then there was the Bend over backlash, ”says Anna Leinberger, editorial director and editor-in-chief of acquisitions at Berrett-Koehler, of her interest in From sabotage to support (May) by Joy L. Wiggins, Equity and Diversity Consultant, and Kami J. Anderson, Intercultural Communication and Culture Specialist. Anderson, who is black, and Wiggins, who is white, are careful not to scold anyone, says Leinberger, but instead, “be really specific about how white feminists can support their black colleagues.”
Women of all races have had the experience of being argued, shouted and interrupted, says Stephanie Hitchcock, editor at HarperBusiness; that reality is addressed in Franc (July) by Veronica Rueckert, opera singer by training and former host of Wisconsin Public Radio. Rueckert teaches women to raise their voices, literally and figuratively, and his lessons aren’t just about being heard, says Hitchcock: “The message is, ‘You can do a lot more with your life than you thought.’ . “
Other forthcoming books guide readers in using their money to effect change. For financial advisor Mark A. Pinsky, co-author, with Keith Mestrich, CEO of Amalgamated Bank, of Organized Money: How Progressives Can Use the Financial System to Work For Them, Not Against Them (New Press, Oct), this is a pragmatic strategy. “The most powerful force in the world is the American financial system,” he says. “The government does not work without him. The progressives cede control of their money to the conservatives who lead and end up funding the opposition. If progressives took ownership of 5-10% of the financial sector, it would lead to transformational change. “
Kickstarter founder Yancey Strickler delivers a more values-based, sustainability-focused company in This could be our future (Viking, Oct). “He’s not saying we have to get rid of capitalism, burn the world and start over,” says Emily Wunderlich, editor-in-chief of Stickler. “He ran a public benefit corporation and changed the way crowdfunding worked. He showed how people can act outside of their personal interests to support their values. “
Those who are concerned that their retirement security rests on funds that do not go against their ecological and social principles will find advice in Invest for good (Bloomsbury Business, July). Emerging Markets Fund Manager Mark Mobius, along with co-authors and business partners Carlos von Hardenberg and Greg Konieczny, help readers strategize for investing in companies that match their values. “People will always want to invest in their future,” says Ian Hallsworth, editor at Bloomsbury Business. “But they are starting to be more aware of the usefulness of this money and the social impact that their investments can have.”
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A version of this article appeared in the 06/05/2019 issue of Editors Weekly under the title: Fighting power