The Necessary Journey: Making Real Progress on Equity and Inclusion


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Harvard Business Review Press
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6.3 X 9.4 X 1.4 inches | 1.25 pounds

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About the Author

Dr. Ella F. Washington is an organizational psychologist who finds inspiration at the intersection of business, diversity, and leadership. Dr. Washington has global consulting experience in financial services, sports and entertainment, oil and gas, higher education, and government. Both her research and her client work focus on structural barriers to inclusion for diverse groups in the workplace and working with organizations to build inclusive cultures. She also works one-on-one with leaders to develop their inclusive leadership skills. Previously, Dr. Washington worked at Gallup as a subject-matter expert in diversity and inclusion. In that role she provided insight to clients on issues of inclusion, culture, strategic diversity, and engagement.

Dr. Washington is on the management faculty at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business. She earned her PhD in organizational behavior from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and her BA in Psychology from Spelman College.

You can find Dr. Ella F. Washington at and on Twitter @ellafwashington.


"The Necessary Journey... offers valuable guidance and motivation for any organization committed to creating an inclusive environment where all employees can thrive on equal terms--to their and the organization's mutual benefit." -- Developing Leaders

"Entertaining yet informative, The Necessary Journey is packed with real world practical advice--one of the best books on diversity, equity, and inclusion you can read." -- Impact Investor

"Highly useful for diversity officers, HR workers, CEOs, and activists in the business community." -- Kirkus Reviews

Advance Praise for The Necessary Journey:

"An unusually informative, instantly actionable book on how to move from lip service on diversity to the reality of inclusion. Ella Washington is a leading expert on the science and practice of inclusion, and she shows what it takes for workplaces to walk the talk." -- Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author, Think Again; host, WorkLife with Adam Grant podcast

"I love Washington's challenge to us, which is to take on the issues of DEI ourselves in our own organizations and get on the journey rather than waiting for mandates. Laws can't change feelings, but leaders can. If all of us just got on the journey--starting today--this ugly scourge of a problem could be magically fixed. This book outlines the hard climb to the top--but one you can do--and Ella Washington is your Sherpa." -- Jim Clifton, Chairman and former CEO, Gallup

"The Necessary Journey is a must-read for any leader interested in building a more inclusive culture. Whether you're just starting out or already on the road, read this book to win hard-earned progress." -- James D. White, former Chairman and CEO, Jamba Juice; author, Anti-Racist Leadership

"Filled with illuminating case studies and actionable advice, The Necessary Journey is the only road map you'll need for creating an inclusive workplace--no matter where you and your organization are on your journey." -- Laura Morgan Roberts, Associate Professor of Business Administration, University of Virginia Darden School of Business; coeditor, Race, Work, and Leadership