Speaker and Executive/Team Coach LaTonya Wilkins Releases Her Guide to Building Real Cultures of Belonging

‘Leading Below the Surface’ takes taking a radical stance against the “surface-ness” of corporate culture and explores how highly rewarded behaviors are actually destroying organizations.

Chicago, IL: On October 4, 2021, author and executive/team coach LaTonya Wilkins released her first book, an accessible and actionable guide to building an honest and healthy workplace environment that goes beyond surface-level Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion initiatives. The bestselling book has maintained the #1 spot in the Amazon New Release Management Science category since its launch.

Leading Below the Surface: How to Build Real (and Psychologically Safe) Relationships with People Who Are Different from You is a compass for forward-thinking leaders who want to achieve truly diverse, equitable, and inclusive cultures of belonging in the workplace. With a foreword by Amy Edmondson of Harvard Business School, Wilkins weaves the latest research in organizational culture, social psychology, and neuroscience together with lessons from her personal experiences as a Fortune 500 employee, a credentialed executive and team coach, and constantly being the “only one” in corporate America. Leading Below the Surface contains real-world advice for readers at every stage of their careers.

“I wrote this book as a self-coaching tool to share these revolutionary principles with underrepresented individuals and established leaders alike, in all types of organizations, large and small. There are several challenges in the world right now that below the surface leadership can improve, especially as we attempt to re-emerge from a pandemic, build cultures of belonging at work, and contend with employees’ demand to belong at work,” Wilkins says.

A print copy of the book can be sent for review, and Wilkins is available for print, online, audio, and visual media interviews. Paperback and ebook versions will be available in early November.

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About the Author

LaTonya Wilkins is the founder of The Change Coaches, where she works with C-suite and executive leaders and their teams to create workplaces with real cultural change and human connection. Through years of experience at Fortune 500 companies and in higher education, Wilkins has developed a unique, evidence-based approach to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB). In addition to her work as a coach, Wilkins is a sought-after keynote speaker on topics including equitable leadership, real allyship, and workplace culture.

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