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A business parable about race and equity conversations in the workplace by Philip “Sharp Skills” Jacobs Publication Date: October 29, 2022 Derek Blain is a young, up-and-coming Black executive hired to deliver the keynote speech at a corporate summit on equity. Things get… complicated. Derek experiences perilous death threats, mind-opening conversations, and unexpected microaggressions at…
Derek Blain is a young, up-and-coming Black executive hired to deliver the keynote speech at a corporate summit on equity. Things get… complicated.
Derek experiences perilous death threats, mind-opening conversations, and unexpected microaggressions at the summit. He also discovers a new set of opportunities, hazards, and plain awkwardness surrounding racial conversations in the workplace. His fellow facilitators – each a respected DEI practitioner – reveal their own wisdom and limitations as they examine hot button topics like reparations, Black Lives Matter, and Whiteness. Meanwhile, just outside, a notorious White supremacist group forms an armed protest.
A parable in a power suit, The Elephant in the Room reckons with present-day workplace racism. The story provides opportunities for professionals to practice navigating the intricacies of racial difference.
BUSINESS | SOCIAL JUSTICE
Publishers: Rebel Firm Books & Blue Cactus Press
About the Author
Philip “Sharp Skills” Jacobs has been called a modern-day renaissance man. He is an entrepreneur, award-winning hip-hop artist, speaker, author, senior consultant, and inventor. He was the first Executive Director of Washington Employers for Racial Equity (WERE), a coalition of 80+ companies in Washington State committed to making the region equitable for Black Washingtonians and all people of color. Before WERE, he was lead for a DEI solution called Racially Savvy Leadership, in which he equipped executives and leaders of Fortune 500 companies to have difficult conversations about race (before the topic went mainstream in corporate culture).
Philip is a distinguished alum of Seattle Pacific University, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He was awarded the institution’s prestigious Medallion Award in 2019. He holds the PMP credential in project management, is the author of several books and numerous music albums.
His proudest accomplishment is being the father of Philip Jr. and Jonathan. Philip is from Inglewood, California, and now calls Washington home.
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