The Diversity Gap – HarperCollins Leadership Essentials


When it comes to diversity, good intentions are only the beginning.


A sweeping leadership framework to institute clear and intentional actions throughout your organization so that people of all racial backgrounds are empowered to lead, collaborate, and excel at work.

The Diversity Gap is a fearless, groundbreaking guide to help leaders at every level shatter the barriers that are causing diversity efforts to fail.

Combining real-world research with honest first-person experiences, racial justice facilitator Bethaney Wilkinson provides leaders a replicable structure to foster a diverse culture of belonging within your organization.

with this book you will:

  • Better understand today’s racial climate and its negative impact on your organization and team;
  • Be equipped to shift your organizational culture from one that has good intentions for “diversity” to one that addresses systemic barriers to all employees thriving at work; and
  • Be emboldened to participate in creating an organizational culture where people from various racial backgrounds are growing in their purpose, making their highest contributions, and collaborating effectively towards greater impact at work and in the world.

Bethaney beautifully blends her experiences with existing research, and curates rich insights on the future of equity in workplaces. Her work is invaluable and right on time.

Dr. Tiffany Johnson

Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Scheller College of Business at Georgia Tech 



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Bethaney Wilkinson is a brilliant mind and communicator. Her thoughts and research on diversity, equity, and inclusion challenge the status quo and encourage leaders to question their biases and push them beyond lip service to taking action. Hers is a voice I learn from and continue to be inspired by.

Amena Brown

Poet, Author, and Host of HER with Amena Brown Podcast

about the author


Bethaney Wilkinson

Bethaney is a writer, researcher, and social entrepreneur who has dedicated more than a decade to exploring the intersections of community, racial justice, and social change.
Bethaney began her career as co-founder of Atlanta Harvest, a high-production development farm on a mission to create jobs and strengthen economies in disadvantaged communities. She then founded G.Race Dialogues, a faith and community-based initiative designed to support individuals and organizations pursuing racial reconciliation. Bethaney expanded her research and broadened her reach after joining the team at Plywood People, a non-profit in Atlanta leading a community of startups doing good.
As part of her work in diversity and cultural change, Bethaney is an invited speaker at major conferences and top global companies. She is host of the popular podcast, The Diversity Gap, and is the founder of The Diversity Gap Academy, an online learning platform for leaders seeking to pair their good intentions for diversity with true cultural change.

Bethaney is a voice that everyone needs to hear. She has changed me and she will change thousands more. The clarity in her message is changing business as we know it, shaping culture for the better, and influencing dignity in relationships daily.

Jeff Shinabarger

Founder, Plywood People