About Us

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Welcome! We're glad you're here. Whiteness at Work is a collaboration between us, Desiree, Ericka, and Jessica. We created w@w four years ago with the aim to help organizations develop the language and skills to talk about and address white supremacy and racial inequities inside their workplace.

Over the last four years, this program and our free trainings have touched thousands of folks and we're grateful for the community it's built and the change that it's sparked.

If you've got questions, check out the FAQ, we probably answered it there!

We do this work together, we do this work to get free.

Desiree Adaway

Desiree Adaway ::: she/her

Principal | The Adaway Group

Desiree Adaway, founder and principal of the Adaway Group, has over 25 years of experience creating, leading, and managing international multicultural teams in 40 countries through major organizational change.

Desiree is a consultant, trainer, coach and speaker building resilient, equitable, and inclusive organizations. She holds a vision for people’s lives, workplaces and communities until they can hold it for themselves.

In 2020, when racial unrest mandated broader and deeper understanding of equity and the pandemic introduced strict travel and meeting constraints, Desiree’s adaptability and expertise enabled her to educate over 30,000 people on the most crucial issues of our time.

Ericka Hines ::: she/her

Principal | Every Level Leadership

Ericka Hines,  principal of Every Level Leadership, has committed the last ten years to help organizations build equity culture. She has worked with government agencies, nonprofits, and foundations across the country to help their staff and stakeholders learn how to work in more inclusive cultures. To date, she has trained over 8,000 individuals in skills that will help them be more inclusive, equitable, and skilled leaders for their teams and organizations. She has also served as a lead researcher and a contributing author to the national publication: Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture published in 2018 by Equity in the Center. She holds a Juris Doctor from the University Of Georgia School Of Law and a B.A. Political Science from Wright State University.

Ericka Hines
Jessica Fisher

Jessica Fish ::: she/her

Senior Consultant | The Adaway Group & Every Level Leadership

Jessica is a facilitator, consultant and researcher with fourteen years of experience helping predominantly white organizations center racial equity. As a facilitator she works with teams to help them develop the skills to have difficult conversations around identity and power. She is dedicated to helping white people do the deep introspection, unlearning and skill-building required to become actively anti-racist.

As a consultant Jessica believes deeply in the power and importance of anti-oppressive policy and practices. She often helps organizations upend current policies and use a race equity informed approach to co-create new ones.

Jessica works with both Desiree Adaway and Ericka Hines at their respective firms. She lives in Los Angeles, California.