Anti-Racist Leadership: How to Transform Corporate Culture in a Race-Conscious World
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About the Author
James D. White is a transformational leader with more than thirty years' experience as a CEO, operating executive, and board member in the consumer products, retail, and restaurant industries.
As Chair, President, and CEO of Jamba Juice (2008-2016), he transformed the company's DEI practices, resulting in a 500 percent increase in the company's market cap. He has held senior executive positions at Safeway, Gillette, and Nestlé Purina and served on more than fifteen public and private boards. White currently chairs the board of the Honest Company, which recently held its IPO, and is Executive Chair of the startup Air Protein. In 2020 he launched Culture Design Lab to coach, train, and lead CEOs, boards, Chief People Officers, and Chief Diversity Officers on putting his DEI playbook into practice.
White and his work are regularly featured in such media outlets as Harvard Business Review, The Mentor, Shark Tank, the Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle, Savoy Magazine, and Black Enterprise.
You can find James D. White at linkedin.com/in/james-d-white-086ab2153
Advance Praise for Anti-Racist Leadership:
"Embracing each person's unique heritage, celebrating diversity, and ensuring inclusivity inspires us to be better teammates, leaders, parents, and friends. James White has been an invaluable resource here at Honest, and we're lucky to have his support and guidance as we continue to foster a truly equitable environment." -- Jessica Alba, founder and Chief Creative Officer, the Honest Company
"What a refreshing read! When a CEO tells you (in print) that he has never been promoted based on his potential, and when his millennial daughter is partnering with her dad in real time in the real world, you have a tool that touches every part of your personal and professional life. Anti-Racist Leadership gives you the steps to get started and be successful in your endeavors in our next normal." -- Jim Donald, Cochair and former CEO, Albertsons; former CEO, Starbucks
"CEOs, please don't delegate the reading of this book. If you do, your organization will stay the same and you'll be saying 'We have a long way to go.' If you read it and follow White's detailed blueprint, you'll be able to say 'Look how far we've come.'" -- Michael C. Bush, CEO, Great Place to Work
"The book is indeed provocative, but that's precisely what's needed as we look to advance the biggest growth opportunity in a generation. The counsel White provides in this book draws on his lived experiences. He offers comprehensive advice for corporate executives looking to get serious about creating an equitable and anti-racist company culture." -- Daryl Brewster, CEO, Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose (CECP)
"Anti-Racist Leadership is a powerful and thought-provoking read for every leader who cares about company culture and inclusive leadership. It's necessary reading for every business leader in America today." -- Ron Shaich, founder, former Chairman, and CEO, Panera Bread
"All leaders need this book. James White's executive skills and integrity have always stood out, and Anti-Racist Leadership is the first practical guide written by someone who has lived both the experience of feeling racism and the experience of removing it. There is so much to do, and this is a marvelous addition to the lexicon on DEI for everyone." -- Bracken P. Darrell, President and CEO, Logitech International