Please join us as we welcome ADRIANE JOHNSON-WILLIAMS on TUESDAY, MAY 23 at 6:00 PM to celebrate the release of her new book NOT YOUR FATHER’S CAPITALISM: WHAT RACE EQUITY ASKS OF U.S. BUSINESS LEADERS.

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The topic of diversity, inclusion, and equity is a hot one, but what does true equity mean for a capitalist organization? Can equity and capitalism coexist? And what, if anything, does that have to do with diversity and inclusion? Leadership coach and author Dr. Adriane Johnson-Williams answers those questions and many more in Not Your Father’s Capitalism: What Race Equity Asks of US Business Leaders.

In this book, Johnson-Williams defines the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion in real terms for business leaders, acknowledging that in the interstices between capitalism and a full embrace of humanity, there is still the potential for increased profits and market advantages. Moving toward race equity–even if only into diversity and inclusion–will have costs, but they won’t likely accrue to the businesses themselves.

In the meantime, US capitalism will continue to be challenged as a deeply flawed and harmful economic system. But those US business leaders who see themselves as fundamentally fair people, whose identities aren’t rooted in dehumanization, will embrace the opportunity presented here.


Dr. Adriane Johnson-Williams is a native Memphian who is dedicated to improving the lives of Black and Brown people in her hometown and ultimately across the nation. She is Founder and Principal at Standpoint Consulting, a firm that delivers curated, results-based support that helps businesses and organizations bridge the gap between people who make decisions and people who must live with the decisions being made.

Dr. Johnson-Williams serves as board chair and co-founder of Whole Child Strategies, Inc. an organization working to amplify the voices of children and families in solving the challenges they are confronting in disinvested neighborhoods. She also serves on the board of the International Coaching Federation Tennessee affiliate (ICFTN). As an alumna of Girls, Inc. of Memphis, she has always had a special place in her heart for the organization and its mission of helping all girls be strong, smart and bold. She is the first alumna to serve as the Memphis affiliate’s board chair and she currently serves on the Girls, Inc. national board.

In 2020, Dr. Johnson-Williams was named Woman of the Year for Girls Inc. of Memphis and she received the Evelyn S. Field Award from SisterReach for demonstrating Reproductive Justice at the Intersections. In 2021, she was named a Super Woman in Business by the Memphis Business Journal. In 2023, Dr. Johnson-Williams published her first book, Not Your Father’s Capitalism, which is a map and detailed guidance for U.S. business leaders who are looking to pursue race equity within their organization.

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May 23 2023


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