Speech Topic: Diversity and Multiculturalism
Leveraging his book and career experiences, Thomas Brooks is available to speak to your company, professional organization, book club, religious group or other entity about diversity, multiculturalism and inclusion. He will also be available to sign copies of his book, entitled A Wealth of Family: An Adopted Son's International Quest for Heritage, Reunion and Enrichment.
This session can be structured as a speech or presentation scheduled from 30 to 90 minutes. An interactive workshop or a speech with audience Q & A is also possible, and could last up to two hours.
Diversity encompasses much more than just ethnicity. Diversity is about access, training and mentoring for high performance organizations and teams of all types, not just large companies. Diversity is what you do voluntarily, not due to coercion, to grow and to win.
Diversity is not about compromising standards.
The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences. These can be along the dimensions of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies. It is the exploration of these differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment. It is about understanding each other and moving beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual.
Before diving into the diversity topic, and short overview of scientific evidence supporting one human race is presented. Race is a social, cultural and political construct based largely on outward appearances.
Book Synopsis: "Compelling True Story Shows How to Cross Cultural Barriers"
This inspiring account of adoption, reunion, and family heritage from Thomas Brooks provides a timely and provocative perspective on multicultural families and powerful insights on overcoming racism and poverty.
Brooks grew up as the only child of a struggling single mother in inner-city Pittsburgh. He was battling racial stereotypes at school and searching for a place among his peers. Then he was told at age eleven that he was adopted. Brooks had actually been born to a white biological mother who descended from Lithuanian Jews and a black Kenyan foreign student father.
Years after that stunning revelation, Brooks escaped the ghetto and traveled to search for his heritage. He found his biological mother in London with his previously unknown British siblings. He then located his biological father and extended family in Nairobi. His international search and the resulting reunions have profoundly affected three families in the United States, England, and Kenya.
Thomas Brooks earned his B.S. Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and his MBA from the University of Maryland. The award-winning author has published several articles, and has been featured frequently on the radio and on television. In 1998, Brooks won a national award from the Career Communications Group in the category of Technical Sales and Marketing for his work in corporate America.
Brooks was formerly a Director of Marketing at Lucent Technologies. Since 2002 the entrepreneur has served as the Founder and Managing Director of Alpha Multimedia, Inc., a marketing, public relations and publishing firm. His bestselling book, A Wealth of Family: An Adopted Son's International Quest for Heritage, Reunion, and Enrichment, was named a “Best Books” Award Winner by USA Book News.
Brooks is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and also the National Black MBA Association. He enjoys public speaking, snow skiing, and running. He lives with his wife and children near Houston, Texas, USA.
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