A Seat at the Table or Part of the Meal (Author Interview)




A Seat at the Table or Part of the Meal, looks like a great business book.  Any plans to release similar books?   
Yes, I plan to write aworkbook on the same subject matter of diversity, equity and inclusion.


What will readers get out of your book?    
I’ve condensed data from national studies and included personal stories detailing my workplace experiences as well as others that I have interviewed for the book.  Readers will also get tips on what they can do to recruit diverse talent to their organizations at both the staff and board of director levels.


What inspired you when writing A Seat at the Table or Part of the Meal?   
I was inspired to write this book after years of mentoring people of color and answering the same questions that so many people have – Why are there so few women and so few people of color in top management positions?


When did you decide to become a writer?
I have always love to read and I have been writing stories since I was a child.  I began my career as a newspaper journalist and published my first book in 2013, entitled “The Fourth Generation.”  It is a historical novel.

When writing A Seat at the Table or Part of the Meal, did anything stand out as particularly challenging?  
The challenge was to get people to be open and use this book as a platform to speak to the prejudicial issues that they have faced during their careers.  I found it liberating, but I certainly understand that from some it’s a risk, especially if they are working for the same company that they are speaking about.



How did you come up with ideas and concepts for A Seat at the Table or Part of the Meal?   
I’m from the South and we often talk about being “dished” or being the meal.  I don’t think it’s particularly unique to the South, but it is true that if you don’t have a seat at the table, you may very well find yourself as part of the meal, ie part of the discussion.


What do you like to do when not writing? 
When I’m not writing, I love helping others to build their organizations or find their passions through my company, Motivational Muse, LLC.  I provide executive coaching, board governance training and public speaking services.  My full-time job is as a CEO for a nonprofit organization.


How can readers discover more about you and your work?  
You can find me on my website:  www.motivationalmuse.com, on LinkedIn: Kimberly Bussey Lewis or on Twitter at KimberlyLewis5.


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