Actions Speak Louder


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A step-by-step guide for managers, teams, and DEI leaders looking to create impactful, lasting change in their organization, from recruitment to retention, and beyond.

Many companies have found themselves searching for guidance on how to create diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplaces that translate ideology into action.

Designed for teams to read together, the book offers a comprehensive blueprint for those ready to look at their surroundings with new eyes, get out of their own way, and turn their energy into a concrete plan.

Renowned leadership and DEI consultant Deanna Singh uses narratives, case studies, interactive exercises and the latest DEI research to show you how to:

  • Gain buy-in from stakeholders at all levels of your company for DEI initiatives
  • Design and implement inclusive policies, from writing job advertisements and interviewing to conducting performance reviews
  • Create a retention plan that considers and prioritizes the needs of underrepresented employees
  • Train your DEI trainers–who are too often thrust into their roles with little instruction or clarity – to audit your “racial climate” and hold you accountable in the future

As Singh has seen time and time again, with the right tools, any organization can change meaningfully from the inside out!

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Deanna Singh is the Founder and Chief Change Agent of Uplifting Impact, a training and consulting firm with a mission to build inclusive bridges where everyone thrives.

Deanna has extensive executive-level leadership experiences across multiple industries. She is also an award-winning author, educator, business leader, and social justice champion who speaks to over 50,000 people annually, giving audiences the tools and courage to imagine, activate, and positively impact the world.


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Michael Barber

“Vital and extraordinarily timely, this book is a must-have how to guide describing the real work of creating a safe, inclusive workplace for everyone on your team."

Michael Barber, Retired Chief Diversity Officer, General Electric

Y-Vonne Hutchinson

"Written with leaders in mind, this book equips its readers with vital frameworks and tools that they need to change their mindsets and their cultures. Whether you are at the start of your equity journey or deep in the trenches of an organizational transformation, this book is an amazing resource. I am sure readers will find themselves returning to it again and again."

Y-Vonne Hutchinson, author of How to Talk to Your Boss About Race and CEO of ReadySet

Lori Costew

Deanna Singh’s Actions Speak Louder, is a masterclass in how to successfully design and execute a diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) strategy. The world has changed and DEI can no longer be a ‘side project’; customers tend to buy from companies that match their values, top talent has numerous options for employment, and the investment community is hyper-focused on environmental, social and governance (ESG) metrics. Singh lays out in detail a multitude of actions that organizations can take to create an inclusive environment, while actively implementing equitable systems and processes along the employee journey from recruiting through exit. Even more important, she highlights the mindset change that must happen at all levels to make DEI sustainable. Uncle Buck would be proud. Bravo!

Lori Costew, Chief Diversity Officer and People Strategy at Ford Motor Company

Lydia Smith

"This book absolutely exceeded my expectations, and they were high because I know Deanna Singh’s work! Actions Speak Louder is written from the perspective of a true DEI practitioner with aim to drive change through sustainable results. Deanna doesn’t just talk about the “what” but digs deeper into the details of “how” to shift culture. She goes beyond philosophical principles and provides a step-by-step guide for leaders no matter where their specific organization is on their own DEI journey. Deanna shares something new and fresh that DEI experts and novices alike can learn from thanks to the practical knowledge laid out in this book."

Lydia Smith, Chief Diversity Officer, Victoria’s Secret & Co.

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What is Uplifting Impact?

Uplifting Impact is a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) consulting firm that helps individual leaders and companies find innovation through authentic connections.