The Inclusion Paradox: The Obama Era and the Transformation of Global Diversity

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It turns out that the warm, let's-all-get-along connotations of inclusion are misleading. Achieving true inclusion is hard. Very hard. Harder than achieving awareness. Harder than achieving tolerance and sensitivity. Harder than diversity itself. In The Inclusion Paradox: The Obama Era and the Transformation of Global Diversity Andrés Tapia, Hewitt Associates' Chief Diversity Officer, reveals how in these times of unprecedented peril and opportunity, diversity's demographic tsunami is accelerating today's social, economic, and political tectonic shifts. In the book, he explores what is required to move into the next generation of diversity work in ways that get past the tired and clichéd approaches. He makes the case for making inclusion relevant for all, including the white male, and breaks ground by challenging the notion that the melting pot leads to inclusion. On the contrary, Tapia makes the case that "equality" often does not equal "same." The Inclusion Paradox also focuses on the cultural implications of the Obama Era in the United States and around the world. More than a political point in time, the Obama Era is a cultural marker that succinctly captures the various global trends converging at this time in history.
The Inclusion Paradox will enable readers to contribute strategically and practically to the urgent work of making diversity and inclusion relevant to business and organizational success around the world.

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Andrés T. Tapia is President of Diversity Best Practices, the preeminent diversity and inclusion thinktank and consultancy. Previously he served as the Chief Diversity Officer for a global firm. Andrés is a published writer and prominent speaker. As a journalist, he covered social trends in the U.S. and Latin America via articles appearing in publications such as the Baltimore Sun, the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, VOCÊ (Brazil), Benefits Quarterly, and Hemispheres magazine. He has been interviewed by major media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, BusinessWeek, CNN en Español, and FORTUNE magazine in the United States, La Nación and El Clarín in Argentina, El Mercurio in Chile, VOCÊ, Valor, and Revista Amanhã in Brazil, and HR industry publications such as HR Magazine, Benefit News, and Benefits Canada Magazine. His experiences in the U.S., Canada, the UK, Spain, India, Kenya, and throughout Latin America and his native Perú have equipped him with a true global perspective. By working with dozens of Diversity Best Practices Consulting’s FORTUNE 500 multinational clients, as well as with public schools, arts organizations, and law enforcement agencies, Andrés is grounded in the cross-industry implications of achieving a diverse, high-performing workforce. Andrés’ innovative approach to foster an inclusive work environment includes shifting paradigms such as: from tolerance and sensitivity to cross-cultural competence, and from programmatic to sustainable diversity. He was the catalyst for a groundbreaking study on retirement savings that found that race/ethnicity is a greater determinant of differences in savings behaviors than income. Andrés has received the following recognitions: He is a 2008 Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow, Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement Éxito Award (2008), Chicago United’s Business Leader of Color Award (2007), CDO Exemplary List published by Diversity Best Practices in FORTUNE magazine (2006), the Corporate Diversity Program and Diversity Ad Campaign of the Year granted by the Minorities in Advertising Foundation (2006), and the Hewitt Exemplary Leader Award (2005). He is also on the Board of Luna Negra Dance Theatre. Andrés holds a B.A. in History with an emphasis in journalism and political science from Northwestern University. He is married to Lori, a musician, and they have an adult daughter, Marisela, who is a flamenco dancer.

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"Andrés Tapia has become one of the foremost thought leaders in the area of workplace diversity. His unique perspectives on inclusion have shifted the paradigm on how leaders now think about diversity."

--John W. Rogers, Chairman and CEO, Ariel Investments
"Andrés Tapia brings a unique combination of personal and professional experience to the subjects of cultural diversity and inclusion. His insights and approach can help a company strive toward achieving an inclusive environment in which a richly diverse global workforce can thrive."

--Robert W. Lane, chairman, Deere & Company
"The Inclusion Paradox is a must-read for all who want to keep ahead of the forces of change. Andrés has focused his keen mind on the most critical issues that are creating global societal change today."

--Carol Evans, CEO, Working Mother Media and Diversity Best Practices
"An insightful and thoughtful analysis by an insightful and thoughtful leader in the field. Andrés captures the essence of the challenges facing global institutions in the 21st century and offers a path to success and sustainability."

--Gilbert F. Casellas, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility, Dell. Inc. and former Chairman, U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Opportunity Commission
"Andrés Tapia has emerged as a rising star in business strategy. In The Inclusion Paradox, Tapia challenges us to call out our differences as a critical step to achieve inclusion. This book is a call to action. The megatrends are identified. The sustainable strategies are defined. The probing questions are outlined. Tapia equips the reader to lead change rather than be the victim of it. I recommend it to executives who are serious about being competitive by embracing and leveraging diversity."

--Gloria Castillo, President, Chicago United

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