Is your professional network as diverse as the workforce and community around you? If not, you could be missing important opportunities for your career. We all face challenges in making meaningful connections, especially with people who differ from us in significant ways. Few of us consider the impacts of these missed connections. Even fewer know how to recognize and overcome them.
This book will help you assess and improve the breadth and depth of your professional network so you can remove the artificial barriers that may be keeping you from your next mentor, star hire, or big customer.
Are you ready to transform your career, one relationship at a time?
Strongly recommended for early- and mid-career professionals!
I strongly recommend this book to professionals starting out their careers and those in the middle of their careers. Amy gives practical suggestions in expanding your working network and how nobody should be excluded, both above you and below you on the food chain.
In five years after reading this book and incorporating her insights, you will see how her wisdom will have paid you preferred dividends.
Richard McDaniel, MBA
Author, The Portal to Your Inner World
If you think you’ve heard it all, you haven’t!
Network Beyond Bias shatters these myths and provides a resounding call to action for even the most die-hard supporters of diversity and inclusion. If you think you’ve heard it all, you haven’t. Amy C. Waninger’s book is a quick read - I consumed it in one day - that is chock full of information you don’t already know. More importantly, it provides practical tips for concrete actions you can take to improve your interactions with people on a personal and professional level. By incorporating Amy’s clear, concise and specific tips, you will enrich your own life as well as others and greatly improve your workplace culture. A more positive workplace culture, in turn, allows everyone to move from being on edge trying to simply “fit in” to feeling comfortable being authentic. When everyone is being their authentic self, we can leverage each other’s strengths and collaborate together in a more powerful way to deliver improved results to the organization’s bottom line.
On a personal level, the most challenging passages for me were on the LGBT community and specifically learning about the trans community. As the proud father of a trans daughter, our family have spent time learning about how to be an ally for the LGBT community. However, I learned a lot that I did not know from Network Beyond Bias that will allow me to be not only a stronger ally for my daughter, but also for the LGBT employees that report to me as a manager and that I collaborate with on a daily basis - irrespective of whether I know their sexual orientation or not.
Thank you Amy for sharing your personal story in your book and making this so accessible, easy to read, educational with practical advice that can be incorporated in my life immediately. Changing behavior is never easy, but this book does an outstanding job of leading you to consider your biases, how to acknowledge them, and how to move beyond a point where they are limiting your career and your organization’s ability to deliver the best results it can achieve.
The Most Interesting Man in Insurance (according to his Twitter bio)
“This book will blow you away!”
Technology Executive and Forbes Contributing Author
Fantastic and awesome!
Rosalyn R. Barnes, CPSM
Internal and Executive Communications Manager, Diversity & Gender Editor
Useful and Practical, from the Front Line to the C-Suite
Co-Active Career Coach for women at BeAmbitiousForHer.com, and host of the She Breaks The Mold podcast
Pragmatic insight…a must-read
'Network Beyond Bias' will have a huge impact on not just raising awareness of our unconscious biases but also providing positive interventions to reduce and mitigate those biases
This book takes us beyond the different learning platforms and into action.
Author of Demystifying Diversity
Kathy Koultourides, CPLP
Author of the forthcoming book Lucifer Leadership
The book is an easy read and is filled with useful information including a tool to assess and measure the diversity of an individual’s network. Real scenarios of diverse challenges provide the reader the opportunity to explore a variety of perspectives. The content included in the chapter, Seek Diverse Perspectives on Purpose, covers important facts about some of the most challenging and timely dimensions of diversity and inclusion.
Because Amy shares some personal information and challenges she has experienced, after reading her book, I was left with the feeling of having a good sense of who she is and the value of what she brings to the field of diversity and inclusion.
Diversity & Inclusion Expert; Founder and President of Jonamay Lambert & Associates
Groundbreaking and Eye-opening
Kate Colbert, Founder & President, Silver Tree Communications and Silver Tree Publishing
Author of Think Like a Marketer: How a Shift in Mindset Can Change Everything for Your Business
Provided me a Renewed Energy for a Broader Reach
Amy has provided a practical review of important workplace and career areas through a diversity lens. Her first-hand experience and knowledge provide insights into recruiting, career planning and networking, unconscious bias, learning and development, organizational culture, and interpersonal skills to name a few. I found her stories refreshing and relevant to issues that we are seeing all too frequently in the workplace. But most importantly, Amy offers actionable steps and tools to assist individuals in personal and career development.
Overall, I whole heartedly recommend this book for any professional who wants to better harness the value of diversity for the betterment of themselves and their organization. This book was a pleasant surprise and enjoyable read. It has given me renewed energy as a leader to broaden my reach. Thank you, Amy!
Read the full review on Kevin W. Bruny's blog!
Will definitely read it again!
I loved it - straightforward, to the point, great examples and illustrations, practical advice, definitely challenged me at times, and I learned a lot! Will definitely read it again and spend some time going through the exercises and checking out your website! Well done!
“The Most Interesting Man in Insurance”
A quick, insightful read!
Anonymous Amazon review
Buy it, read it, and benefit from it
Managing Partner, Productive Leap
Has the Potential to Move the Diversity Conversation
Tina Alexis Allen, Author of Hiding Out and Actor on Outsiders
WOW! Great book!
Founder & President, Greg Jenkins Consulting
Great book full of practical actionable steps
Mark Nicol (@mark_nicol)
Networking, from a New Perspective
It’s what the world needs
Joynicole Martinez, DHSc, Founder and CEO of the Alchemist Agency
Innovative and Compelling!
David G. Smith, PhD
Co-author of Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women
A pleasure to read!
José I. Rodríguez, Ph.D.
Professor of Communication Studies, Long Beach State
Author of Interpersonal Communication for Contemporary Living
Practical networking guide
Yes! This book is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING
Founder, Living Corporate Podcast
Incredibly smart book
Founder, The Corner of the Court Project
Founder, Small Town Leadership