Being an author is a complex and time-consuming task. It necessitates that the writer is a specialist on the subject and has a firm grasp of storytelling. Fortunately, Michael Bach possesses both of these attributes. Bach is a best-selling author who received a 2020 silver Nautilus Book Award in the Rising to the Moment category for his book “Birds of All Feathers: Doing Diversity and Inclusion Right.”
Bach is no ordinary writer or consultant; he is a pioneer and a leader who is changing the face of workplaces by encouraging employers to diversify their talent while at the same time creating inclusive, equitable, and accessible workplaces where everyone can succeed.
His two books are all about diversity, inclusiveness, and workplace equity.
Birds of All Feathers: Doing Diversity and Inclusion Right
Michael Bach, founder of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI), has nearly twenty years of experience in the field and has put out a book on a complex topic in highly understandable terms, teaching employers how to do D&I right. Bach underlined the necessity of developing diverse, inclusive workplaces in his debut book, Birds of All Feathers. The book promotes an innovative and creative attitude and emphasizes the need for a diverse workspace.
There is a good rationale for making your organization a truly inclusive place, whether you work in the arts, healthcare, non-profit, for-profit, or another area. Birds of All Feathers teaches you how to discover your organization’s “why,” execute and sustain constructive changes, and measure performance.
The book has been endorsed by Blake Hutcheson, President, and CEO of OMERS, Margaret Eaton, National CEO of the Canadian Mental Health Association, and Julie O’Mara, Founder of The Centre for Global Inclusion.
Alphabet Soup: The Essential Guide to LGBTQ2+ Inclusion at Work
Bach’s second book, Alphabet Soup, covers everything from A to Z about constructing LGBTQ2+ inclusive workplaces.
It costs employers more than they realize not to have an LGBTQ2+ inclusive workplace. Companies that do not undertake the essential work lose millions of dollars each year due to low productivity, voluntary turnover, missed opportunities, and reputational damage.
The book is a myth-busting sequel to the 2020 smash hit Birds of All Feathers. Bach breaks down everything companies need to know about creating inclusive workplaces for those who aren’t “straight” or “cis.”
Bach lays out a road map for making your workplace safe for LGBTQ2+ people with clarity and a hefty dose of humor. You’ll learn about sexuality, gender identity, and gender expression; what a Safe Space is and how to create one in your workplace; properly enforce a workplace Code of Conduct, and get a piece of the fabulous “pink dollar” (worth more than $1 trillion in Canada and the United States alone!).
“Alphabet Soup is a clear and illuminating road map for understanding why employing and retaining LGBTQ2+ employees is essential for developing a modern, successful organization,” says Rich Ross, entertainment executive and former chairman of The Walt Disney Studios.
A Social-Purposed Consultant
Bach’s most recent endeavors have involved writing. However, Bach is also the CEO of CCDI Consulting Inc. and the founder of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion. He is well-known at national and international levels as a subject matter expert and thought leader in inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility. He brings a wealth of experience with cutting-edge techniques in real-world settings to his work.
CCDI Consulting offers advisory services in inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA). He is a skilled global IDEA professional with knowledge of creating, putting into practice, and overseeing strategy programs that improve workforce diversity in global organizations.
Bach has garnered numerous awards for his work throughout his career, including his selection as the Women of Influence’s Canadian Diversity Champion in 2011 and 2012. He received the Catalyst Canada Honors Human Resources/Diversity Leader award in 2011 in recognition of his work as a diversity champion. He also won the 2011 Out on Bay Street Leaders to be Proud of LGBT Advocate Workplace Award and the 2011 Inspire Award as the LGBTQ Person of the Year.
The Toronto Immigrant Employment Council presented Michael with 2010 Immigrant Success Award in the category of Canadian HR Reporter Individual Achievement. Michael also received recognition for his civic engagement in 2009 when he was named one of the KPMG CEO Community Excellence Award recipients.
As a promoter of diversity and inclusion, Bach constantly calls attention to stereotypes and dispels preconceived notions about people from various backgrounds.