What's Your Zip Code Story?

What's Your Zip Code Story? : Understanding and Overcoming Class Bias in the Workplace

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Shedding light on class division, this book offers solutions to class bias in the workplace by analyzing real experiences, social norms, education, wealth, and more. The renewed focus on class, race and equality in the workplace and beyond is making an indelible mark on society. This clarion call for change is sweeping inequality from every corner of the nation, including law enforcement, schools, and businesses. And within the past five years, diversity and inclusion, as well as unconscious bias, have been the main drivers of organizational training, politics, and community engagement. What's Your Zip Code Story helps clarify the intersection of class bias and racial disparity in the workplace and arms organizations with the knowledge to not only have productive discussions, but also adopt effective solutions. Gross instructs class-migrants-whether college students, recent graduates, or overlooked employees-on how to climb the career lattice and transform themselves from undervalued employees to respected leaders. The book tackles challenges that class-migrants encounter when navigating the workplace and provides operative practices that can be utilized to hone new professional skills and drive positive change in workplace culture. It is a powerful tool that will inspire marginalized employees who are hungry for personal and professional growth, as well as give insight to business leaders seeking a new way to engage their teams. Through the lived experiences of the author and research-based strategies, readers will find insights on how to increase workplace engagement and business performance.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 149 x 223 x 21mm | 408g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 1538160587
  • 9781538160589
  • 2,178,492

Table of contents


Foreword: by Howard J Ross


1 Why Does Social Class Matter?

2 My Zip Code Story

3 What's Your Zip Code Story?

4 Zip Code Bias

5 10 Things Managers and Class Migrants Need to Know

6 How Businesses can Incorporate Social Class into their Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility Initiatives

7 The Power of Belonging

8 Mentorship the Bridge to Equity




About the Author
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Review quote

This timely and important book by my colleague, CJ Gross, brings a fresh and innovative perspective to our nation's current discussion on issues of diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion in the workplace. Even with the growing national awareness of the critical need for greater diversity and inclusion in our nation's institutions, the oversized role that a mere zip code has played in a person's life is all too often omitted from this conversation. From the very beginning of our nation, a person's place of birth has had a profound impact on almost every aspect of their opportunities in life. Drawing on his own life experiences, as well as the experiences of others, CJ speaks to this critical reality. He does so by not only providing organizations with tools and strategies to help facilitate a more inclusive and equitable workplace, he does the same for his fellow "class-migrants" who are looking to climb the social and workplace ladder. For everyone who is a stakeholder in the diversity and inclusion discussion, this is a must-read book!--Johnnetta Betsch Cole, PhD, president emerita, Spelman and Bennett Colleges; director emerita, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art; and chair of the board and president, National Council of Negro Women
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About Cj Gross

Christopher "CJ" Gross is a TEDx speaker, international organizational development consultant, and founder of Ascension Worldwide, a full-service minority-owned consulting firm committed to helping clients achieve workplace inclusion, employee, and client diversity. CJ has 18 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies, local and national nonprofits, and government agencies. He also serves as a business management, adjunct faculty for the Community College of Baltimore County and a diversity, equity, and inclusion master faculty for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Center for Innovation. CJ is a former mechanical designer with General Electric, avid traveler, and adventure junkie living in Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania with his wife Kerryann. Together they have three children who are attending college.
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