Frequently Asked Questions
How can I apply for a job at TMI?
We are always looking for diverse, qualified and ambitious applicants to expand the TMI family. We look for candidates who can solve problems and engage people. Send a resume and cover letter describing how your experience would help solve the business and social challenges that TMI’s clients face to [email protected].
Can I hire TMI to host or facilitate my event?
Yes. Fill out our event form to help us better understand and assess your needs.
What is a diversity initiative and why does it matter?
A diversity initiative is a deliberate effort by an organizational leadership team to prioritize diversity and create a more welcoming and inclusive workplace. Workplace diversity improves productivity, reduces turnover, and increases employee engagement by providing conditions that support creativity and individuality. A homogenous organization supports more of itself, often overtly or inadvertently suppressing perspectives that challenge the status quo.
Read “The Wisdom of Crowds” by James Suroweicki for a broad perspective on how diversity is a condition that supports innovation. Multiple perspectives bounce off of each other and help generate new ideas and new solutions. People need to feel like their differences, their individuality is welcome at work. Welcoming all kinds of diversity, cognitive, gender, ability, sexual orientation, race, religion, age, etc., helps people relax and feel comfortable enough to let down their guard and really engage in the workplace. This kind of inclusion makes people want to stay and do their best work. Diversity and inclusion together creates an environment that supports individual happiness, and you can find mountains of research on happiness and how that supports organizational health.
What is the difference between racism and prejudice?
Prejudice is a negative belief, conscious or unconscious, that individuals hold about groups of people. Anyone can be hold and act on prejudiced beliefs. It is primarily a term to describe individual beliefs and actions.
Racism is the system of societal structures that were created in order to ensure that people of some races had more and better opportunities. Technically, racism refers to a system of laws, societally enforced norms and practices that privilege white people over people of color. Colloquially, however, many people use racism to describe interpersonal prejudice.
However, what is more important than arguments about terminology is the recognition of the difference between bias expressed at a personal level and institutionalized bias. The legacy of institutional racism, from hundreds of years of preferential treatment given to one group over another, will take a long time to undo.
What is the difference between unconscious and implicit bias?
These terms are more or less interchangeable. The phenomenon they describe is how our thoughts and actions are often influenced by stereotypes in an unconscious, unintentional manner. Stereotypes about different groups are accumulated through our own experiences, the media, friends, family, and the culture around us. Those stereotyped messages don’t go in one ear and out the other, they get stored by the brain to use as mental shortcuts later. Through awareness and effort, we can learn to override these unconscious messages that affect our behavior.
Do you accept walk-ins or are meetings appointment only?
Meetings are by appointment for your convenience. We are often working onsite with clients.
How much do you charge?
How can I book a meeting?
Fill out our contact form or call us at 804.225.5537.
Do TMI consultants travel outside of Virginia for engagements?
Yes. We work coast to coast in the USA and overseas.
Does TMI have consultants in other cities?
Yes. We have a network of consultants across the USA.
How can I collaborate with you?
Tell us more about your idea by filling out our contact form.
I want to become a consultant on diversity, how can I do that?
There are no master’s degrees, or professional certifications, on any single path that members of our team have traveled to arrive at this career. Passion is the most important quality of our consultants, as this work can be challenging at times. Secondly, the range of skills and backgrounds that we have found most helpful:
- Public Speaking
- Human Resources
- Organizational Development
- Subject matter expertise, including:
- International perspective/experience
How can I schedule a book talk, book signing, or keynote?
Does your book imply that everyone is racist?
Not at all. Unconscious bias is not the same as overt racism. Unconscious bias is any preference you are not aware of. Everyone has bias, but everyone is not racist.
What is a B Corp?
B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Visit our B Corp page for more information.
How can I become a B Corp?
Visit the B Lab website for detailed instructions.
What is a Social Enterprise?
A social enterprise is an organization that applies commercial strategies to maximize improvements in human and environmental well-being—this may include maximizing social impact alongside profits for external shareholders.