Kay Iwata has built a reputation in the diversity field as a consultant with a strong inclination toward practical application. The applications are supported by a solid foundation of conceptual clarity and understanding. The focus of her first book is no surprise. The POWER of Diversity: 5 Essential Competencies for Leading a Diverse Workforce is based upon a first-of-its-kind field study to understand the “how to” of diversity competence for managers and leaders. She has effectively translated the lessons from the study into realistic workplace applications. This content has been successfully used by several major organizations to increase their diversity competence.
Juan T. Lopez is president of Amistad Associates, a consulting practice that focuses on strategic planning, organizational innovation, and leadership and diversity excellence. He is a cofounder of Llead, a senior Latino leadership program. He and his colleagues are currently writing a book on their research based on 15 years of training and coaching. He has developed a global accelerated leadership program for men of color and multicultural men and is a cofounder of Diversity 2000, a think tank now entering its 17th year.
Julie O’Mara represents a BK customer perspective and has been a frequent purchaser of BK books since our founding in 1992. Julie is president of an organization development consulting firm specializing in leadership, facilitation, and managing diversity. Previously, she was director of communications for The Marmon Group, a billion-dollar international conglomerate, and she began her career in marketing communications at Whirlpool Corporation. Julie is former national president of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) and has received many leadership and training awards. She is founder and manager of the conference-call based “Diversity Book Club” for diversity professionals, and is active in a neighborhood book club. Julie is co-author of the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks and a member of the Standards Taskforce of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). She is coauthor of the bestselling Jossey-Bass book, Managing Workforce 2000: Gaining the Diversity Advantage.