The Includers is the thoughtful, tactical guide we all need to better understand and practice allyship and create a strong organizational culture.”

—Sam Kennedy, president and CEO of the Boston Red Sox

Recognizing the significance of diversity, equity, and inclusion
is the first step for those with the power to effect change.

Taking action is the second step, yet many are unsure of where to start in a way that truly makes a difference.

That’s where The Includers comes in.

That’s where
The Includers comes in.

About Colette Phillips

Colette A.M. Phillips is president and CEO of Colette Phillips Communications, Inc., and founder and president of The GK Fund and the multicultural professional and business networking organization Get Konnected! For 30 years, Colette has been a powerful voice and effective agent of change in one of America’s oldest cities. An immigrant Black woman from the Caribbean island of Antigua described by Boston Magazine as “Boston’s Great Connector” and cited by Boston Globe for “changing the conversation about diversity in Boston,” she was the subject of a Harvard Business School case study for creating a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion ecosystem. Colette has brought her passion, power, and wisdom to publications and C-suites around the globe. She has spent a lifetime making workplaces more inclusive, opening them to new markets, talent, and possibilities.

About The Includers

It’s a simple fact that the people who make policy and oversee government, sports, business, and the arts and entertainment are most commonly white men. Another fact: We cannot achieve meaningful progress if we exclude the very people who have the power to make systemic change.


An important guide on how each of us can match our ideals with our actions... The Includers is a must-read for those who want to build a future that will allow us to flourish as individuals and as a compassionate, humane, and yes, successful society.

William S. Cohen, former US secretary of defense, and Janet Langhart Cohen, journalist and author of My Life in Two Americas and Anne & Emmett

A wise and much-needed handbook for a workplace culture of inclusion… Colette Phillips weaves together her personal history, practical action tips, stories of role-model white male allies, and corporate policy ideas into a fascinating and compelling read.

Rosabeth Moss Kanter, professor at Harvard Business School and author of Think Outside the Building

The Includers is a culture-changing, narrative-shifting, and indispensable guide that should be required reading for today’s leaders and changemakers.

Iván Espinoza-Madrigal, executive director of Lawyers for Civil Rights

Employers, managers, and business leaders can learn a lot from the lessons and principles Colette provides in these pages... This is a book that provides inspiration as much as it requires of its reader the determination to answer the call-in support of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Doug Banks, executive editor at the Boston Business Journal

Filled with humanity, wisdom, and no-nonsense actions that CEOs, nonprofit executives, community leaders—in fact, every one of us—can take to rid America of its legacy of racism and sexism.

Evelyn Murphy, former Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, founder and president of the WAGE Project, and author of Getting Even

We need more books like The Includers, a powerful call to action for any business or community leader, that don’t preach but rather teach the importance of allyship and DEI both in the workplace and at home. A master at bringing people together, Colette Phillips will inspire you to change the way you think and give you the tools you need to become an ‘includer.’

Chris Vogel, editor of Boston magazine

Colette Phillips Speaking


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Featured Audio

Colette Phillips was a guest on C-Speak: The Language of Executives by PNC & Boston Business Journal

Are You an Includer?

Could You Be a Super Includer? Take the Super Includer IQ Test and Find Out

Is being an Includer innate or can it be learned? Well, in most cases it's both-applying the core values we grew up with and the experiences in our lives to fight for others. But as this test shows, some of us are more inclined to be Includers than others. Answer these seven questions and find out how close you are to becoming one.