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Tim Wise

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Anti-Racist Essayist, Author & Educator

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Tim Wise Biography

Tim Wise is among the most prominent writers and educators on issues of race and racial equity in the United States. He has spent the past 27 years speaking to audiences in all 50 states, on over 1500 college campuses, at hundreds of professional and academic conferences, and to community groups, government agencies, corporations, and non-profit organizations across the country about methods for dismantling racism in their institutions. He has also served as an expert witness and consultant in cases involving racial discrimination in the workplace in Washington State, New York, and California.

Wise is the author of nine books, including his latest essay collection, "Dispatches from the Race War," and his highly-acclaimed memoir, "White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son". Named one of “25 Visionaries Who are Changing Your World” by Utne Reader, Wise has contributed chapters or essays to 25 additional books, and his essays have appeared in dozens of popular, professional, and scholarly journals and newspapers.

From 1999-2003, Wise was an advisor to the Fisk University Race Relations Institute, in Nashville, and in the early ’90s he was the Youth Coordinator and Associate Director of the Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism: the largest of the many groups organized for the purpose of defeating neo-Nazi political candidate, David Duke.

Wise has been featured in several documentaries, including “White Like Me: Race, Racism and White Privilege in America,” and "The Great White Hoax: Donald Trump & the Politics of Race & Class in America," both from the Media Education Foundation. Wise appears regularly on CNN and MSNBC to discuss race issues and has been featured on Nightline, CBS Sunday Morning, 20/20, and 48 Hours, among other national news programs. He graduated from Tulane University in 1990 and received antiracism training from the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, in New Orleans.

Speaking Topics
  • DEI or DOA? How To Move Beyond Window-Dressing to Achieve Institutional Equity

    In this presentation, Tim Wise examines DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) efforts in the workplace, and how those efforts either support real change or perpetuate institutional inequity. As Wise explains, much of what gets done under the rubric of DEI doesn’t challenge fundamental cultural norms or practices that contribute to inequity, rendering DEI efforts DOA (dead on arrival), regardless of the good intentions of those charged with implementing them.

    Until those structural impediments to change are explored and altered, institutions are setting up their DEI officers for failure, letting down their employees of color, and doing real damage to the cause of equity. Wise will provide examples of structural changes and institutional norms that promote equity, so that participants can walk away with tangible ideas on how to move real DEI work forward.

  • Anti-Racism is Not a Self-Help Movement: Moving From Individual Analysis to Systemic Change

    In this presentation, Wise explores the trajectory of anti-racism analysis, activism, and "equity work" since the killing of George Floyd. From implicit bias training to workshops on white privilege and fragility, too much of the work has focused on white people as individuals — fixing their biases, checking their privileges, and challenging their fragility — rather than creating policies, practices, and procedures that will produce greater equity for all. While understanding implicit bias, privilege, and fragility can be helpful as a first step, it remains too easy to get stuck at that level, never moving on to explore systemic change. Even worse, a focus on individual privilege or bias engenders defensiveness among white employees that can torpedo the important work that needs to be done. In this speech, Wise discusses how to bring a systemic lens to our anti-racism, so as to avoid these pitfalls, reduce defensiveness and move our institutions in the direction of real change.

  • Beyond Diversity: Steps for Uprooting Racism, Privilege and Institutional Inequity

    In this presentation (which can also be offered as a longer workshop), Wise explores the causes, both formal and informal, for institutional racial inequities. By examining the various policies, practices, and procedures that exist within organizations -• and which often inadvertently perpetuate unequal opportunity and treatment — audience members/participants can develop strategies for shifting their institutional cultures in the direction of greater equity and going beyond surface level diversity.

    Among the topics explored in this session are:

    • The difference between individual bias and institutional bias
    • The sources of internalized supremacy/oppression and how these can manifest in all of us
    • Privilege as the flipside of oppression
    • Stereotype Vulnerability and Racial Performance Gaps • The Hidden Key to Disparities
    • The harms of inequity for all members of an institution, including dominant group members
    • Strategies for creating equity throughout our institutions

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Books
Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America (City Lights Open Media)

Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America (City Lights Open Media)

Culture of Cruelty: How America's Elite Demonize the Poor, Valorize the Rich and Jeopardize the Future (City Lights Open Media)

Culture of Cruelty: How America's Elite Demonize the Poor, Valorize the Rich and Jeopardize the Future (City Lights Open Media)

Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority (City Lights Open Media)

Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority (City Lights Open Media)

White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son

White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son

Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity (City Lights Open Media)

Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity (City Lights Open Media)

Between Barack and a Hard Place: Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama

Between Barack and a Hard Place: Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama

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Tim Wise

5 out of 5

Anti-Racist Essayist, Author & Educator

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Tim Wise Biography

Tim Wise is among the most prominent writers and educators on issues of race and racial equity in the United States. He has spent the past 27 years speaking to audiences in all 50 states, on over 1500 college campuses, at hundreds of professional and academic conferences, and to community groups, government agencies, corporations, and non-profit organizations across the country about methods for dismantling racism in their institutions. He has also served as an expert witness and consultant in cases involving racial discrimination in the workplace in Washington State, New York, and California.

Wise is the author of nine books, including his latest essay collection, "Dispatches from the Race War," and his highly-acclaimed memoir, "White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son". Named one of “25 Visionaries Who are Changing Your World” by Utne Reader, Wise has contributed chapters or essays to 25 additional books, and his essays have appeared in dozens of popular, professional, and scholarly journals and newspapers.

From 1999-2003, Wise was an advisor to the Fisk University Race Relations Institute, in Nashville, and in the early ’90s he was the Youth Coordinator and Associate Director of the Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism: the largest of the many groups organized for the purpose of defeating neo-Nazi political candidate, David Duke.

Wise has been featured in several documentaries, including “White Like Me: Race, Racism and White Privilege in America,” and "The Great White Hoax: Donald Trump & the Politics of Race & Class in America," both from the Media Education Foundation. Wise appears regularly on CNN and MSNBC to discuss race issues and has been featured on Nightline, CBS Sunday Morning, 20/20, and 48 Hours, among other national news programs. He graduated from Tulane University in 1990 and received antiracism training from the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, in New Orleans.

Tim Wise Speaking Topics

  • DEI or DOA? How To Move Beyond Window-Dressing to Achieve Institutional Equity

    In this presentation, Tim Wise examines DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) efforts in the workplace, and how those efforts either support real change or perpetuate institutional inequity. As Wise explains, much of what gets done under the rubric of DEI doesn’t challenge fundamental cultural norms or practices that contribute to inequity, rendering DEI efforts DOA (dead on arrival), regardless of the good intentions of those charged with implementing them.

    Until those structural impediments to change are explored and altered, institutions are setting up their DEI officers for failure, letting down their employees of color, and doing real damage to the cause of equity. Wise will provide examples of structural changes and institutional norms that promote equity, so that participants can walk away with tangible ideas on how to move real DEI work forward.

  • Anti-Racism is Not a Self-Help Movement: Moving From Individual Analysis to Systemic Change

    In this presentation, Wise explores the trajectory of anti-racism analysis, activism, and "equity work" since the killing of George Floyd. From implicit bias training to workshops on white privilege and fragility, too much of the work has focused on white people as individuals — fixing their biases, checking their privileges, and challenging their fragility — rather than creating policies, practices, and procedures that will produce greater equity for all. While understanding implicit bias, privilege, and fragility can be helpful as a first step, it remains too easy to get stuck at that level, never moving on to explore systemic change. Even worse, a focus on individual privilege or bias engenders defensiveness among white employees that can torpedo the important work that needs to be done. In this speech, Wise discusses how to bring a systemic lens to our anti-racism, so as to avoid these pitfalls, reduce defensiveness and move our institutions in the direction of real change.

  • Beyond Diversity: Steps for Uprooting Racism, Privilege and Institutional Inequity

    In this presentation (which can also be offered as a longer workshop), Wise explores the causes, both formal and informal, for institutional racial inequities. By examining the various policies, practices, and procedures that exist within organizations -• and which often inadvertently perpetuate unequal opportunity and treatment — audience members/participants can develop strategies for shifting their institutional cultures in the direction of greater equity and going beyond surface level diversity.

    Among the topics explored in this session are:

    • The difference between individual bias and institutional bias
    • The sources of internalized supremacy/oppression and how these can manifest in all of us
    • Privilege as the flipside of oppression
    • Stereotype Vulnerability and Racial Performance Gaps • The Hidden Key to Disparities
    • The harms of inequity for all members of an institution, including dominant group members
    • Strategies for creating equity throughout our institutions

Tim Wise Videos

  • Anti-Racism Educator Tim Wise Deconstructs "Pandemic-ing While White"
    Nobody wants to be locked down and have their movements restricted by the stay at home orders issued to mitigate the risks of COVID-19. Well some...
  • Tim Wise: Higher Education's Urgent Imperative to Become Antiracist
    Dec 20, 2019 ... He has spent the past 25 years speaking to audiences in all 50 states, on over 1000 college and high school campuses, at hundreds...
  • Tim Wise - Checking White Privilege
    Tim Wise spoke in Davis on July 26. The author of "White Like Me" brought down the house with his criticism of white privilege and racism in America.

Tim Wise Books

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  • How to book Tim Wise?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Tim Wise for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Tim Wise, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Tim Wise or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Tim Wise?

    Booking fees for Tim Wise, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Tim Wise, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Tim Wise?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Tim Wise for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Tim Wise for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Tim Wise or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Tim Wise or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Tim Wise is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as DEI or DOA? How To Move Beyond Window-Dressing to Achieve Institutional Equity, Anti-Racism is Not a Self-Help Movement: Moving From Individual Analysis to Systemic Change and Beyond Diversity: Steps for Uprooting Racism, Privilege and Institutional Inequity. The estimated speaking fee range to book Tim Wise for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Tim Wise generally travels from Nashville, TN, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Nikki Giovanni, Dorothy Roberts, Ijeoma Oluo, Jane Elliott and Richard Rothstein. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Tim Wise for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Tim Wise Speaking Topics

  • DEI or DOA? How To Move Beyond Window-Dressing to Achieve Institutional Equity

    In this presentation, Tim Wise examines DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) efforts in the workplace, and how those efforts either support real change or perpetuate institutional inequity. As Wise explains, much of what gets done under the rubric of DEI doesn’t challenge fundamental cultural norms or practices that contribute to inequity, rendering DEI efforts DOA (dead on arrival), regardless of the good intentions of those charged with implementing them.

    Until those structural impediments to change are explored and altered, institutions are setting up their DEI officers for failure, letting down their employees of color, and doing real damage to the cause of equity. Wise will provide examples of structural changes and institutional norms that promote equity, so that participants can walk away with tangible ideas on how to move real DEI work forward.

  • Anti-Racism is Not a Self-Help Movement: Moving From Individual Analysis to Systemic Change

    In this presentation, Wise explores the trajectory of anti-racism analysis, activism, and "equity work" since the killing of George Floyd. From implicit bias training to workshops on white privilege and fragility, too much of the work has focused on white people as individuals — fixing their biases, checking their privileges, and challenging their fragility — rather than creating policies, practices, and procedures that will produce greater equity for all. While understanding implicit bias, privilege, and fragility can be helpful as a first step, it remains too easy to get stuck at that level, never moving on to explore systemic change. Even worse, a focus on individual privilege or bias engenders defensiveness among white employees that can torpedo the important work that needs to be done. In this speech, Wise discusses how to bring a systemic lens to our anti-racism, so as to avoid these pitfalls, reduce defensiveness and move our institutions in the direction of real change.

  • Beyond Diversity: Steps for Uprooting Racism, Privilege and Institutional Inequity

    In this presentation (which can also be offered as a longer workshop), Wise explores the causes, both formal and informal, for institutional racial inequities. By examining the various policies, practices, and procedures that exist within organizations -• and which often inadvertently perpetuate unequal opportunity and treatment — audience members/participants can develop strategies for shifting their institutional cultures in the direction of greater equity and going beyond surface level diversity.

    Among the topics explored in this session are:

    • The difference between individual bias and institutional bias
    • The sources of internalized supremacy/oppression and how these can manifest in all of us
    • Privilege as the flipside of oppression
    • Stereotype Vulnerability and Racial Performance Gaps • The Hidden Key to Disparities
    • The harms of inequity for all members of an institution, including dominant group members
    • Strategies for creating equity throughout our institutions

Tim Wise Speaker Videos

  • Anti-Racism Educator Tim Wise Deconstructs "Pandemic-ing While White"
    Nobody wants to be locked down and have their movements restricted by the stay at home orders issued to mitigate the risks of COVID-19. Well some crazy a$$ people have taken to the streets with...
    Tim Wise: Higher Education's Urgent Imperative to Become Antiracist
    Dec 20, 2019 ... He has spent the past 25 years speaking to audiences in all 50 states, on over 1000 college and high school campuses, at hundreds of ...
  • Tim Wise - Checking White Privilege
    Tim Wise spoke in Davis on July 26. The author of "White Like Me" brought down the house with his criticism of white privilege and racism in America.
    Tim Wise Lecture
  • Tim Wise at FORUM/Diversity 2018
    Prominent anti-racist writer and educator Tim Was was the keynote speaker at CS&A's fourth-annual FORUM/Diversity in Philadelphia.
    An Evening with Tim Wise: A White Anti-Racist Advocate
    Author and anti-racist activist Tim Wise speaks about the importance of being a white ally to communities of color, and how we can all work together to create a healthier community on campuses and in...

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