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‘The Silent Agreement’ with Wil Shelton

 Ben Tankard and Jerry Adams Joint Venture with Streaming Networks Smooth Life TV and VTV
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On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Wil Shelton, CEO and founder of Wil Power Integrated Marketing and author of The Silent Agreement: An Illusion of Inclusion in Black Corporate America.

In his book, Shelton uses boxing metaphors to describe the African-American experience in white corporate America.

Shelton talks about African-American executives making their own version of the silent agreement with corporate America; the below-the-belt tactics white corporate leaders use to knock out African-American executives and prevent them from reaching positions of leadership; and how diversity and inclusion departments need to protect Black employees with regulations like the 12th round.

John L. Hanson is the producer and host of the nationally syndicated radio series In Black America. It’s heard on home station KUT at 10 p.m. Tuesdays and 6:30 a.m. Sundays — and weekly on close to 20 stations across the country. The weekly podcast of IBA, the only nationally broadcast Black-oriented public affairs radio program, is one of KUT’s most popular podcasts.
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