The Wake Up Closing the Gap Between Good Intentions and Real Change

Format: Hardcover
Pub. Date: 2021-09-28
Publisher(s): Hachette Go
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A guide for allies who want to go beyond rigid Diversty and Inclusion "best practices," with real tools to go from good intentions to making meaningful change in any situation or venue.​

Many of us want to do good and show up--but "good people" can and do perpetuate harm. Michelle Kim cofounded Awaken, a diversity, equity, and inclusion education company, with a mission to foster the uncomfortable conversations that allow us to build connections, reduce harm, and inspire change. In The Wake Up Kim takes readers beyond the standard Diversity & Inclusion initiatives in the workplace, beyond performative measures, to guide us through the hard, sometimes painful, and ultimately joyful work that we must engage in to advance true equity.
The Wake Up is not a manual on how to “diversity and inclusion.” We can’t “hack” social justice. Rather than demanding simplicity or quick, self-congratulatory fixes we have been taught to crave, The Wake Up is the antithesis of what so many of us have grown accustomed to; it moves beyond rigid “best practices,” challenging us to no longer be satisfied with common reactive and defensive stances, and to recognize the harm in relying solely on the labor of already burdened and marginalized communities. With a mix of in-the-trenches narrative and practical, thoughtful exercises, the book teaches us how to think, approach, and be in this movement as thoughtfully and powerfully as possible. The Wake Up shows us how to build resilient and genuine human connections while we try new things, recover from mistakes, and find our own authentic voice. Good intentions alone don't make good people. The Wake Up helps us commit to finally getting the foundation right, and challenging ourselves to do the real work to go deeper to effect real change.

Author Biography

Michelle MiJung Kim is CEO and co-founder of Awaken, a leading provider of interactive diversity, equity, and inclusion training programs, where she has consulted hundreds of organizations and top executives from Fortune 500 to tech giants to spark meaningful change. Prior to co-founding Awaken, Michelle had a successful career in both tech and management consulting, working with C-/VP-level executives to build high performing organizations around the world As an immigrant queer woman of color, Michelle has been a lifelong social justice activist and a community organizer, serving on a variety of organizations such as the San Francisco LGBTQ Speakers Bureau, UC LGBTIQ Association Steering Committee (commissioned by the UC system's Office of the President), San Francisco Human Rights Commission's Advisory Committee, and LYRIC youth nonprofit's Board of Directors.
A graduate of UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business, Michelle lives in Oakland, California causing good trouble in her neighborhood and continuing to amass an obscene number of plants as a proud millennial.

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