The Ethical Sellout
Maintaining Your Integrity
in the Age of Compromise

We all fear selling out. Yet we all face situations that test our ideals and values with no clear right answer. In a world where compromise is an essential aspect of life, authors Lily Zheng and Inge Hansen make the bold claim that everyone sells out–and that the real challenge lies in doing so ethically.

Drawing from a diversity of people who recount their own struggles with dilemmas around selling out, Lily Zheng and Inge Hansen propose new ways of thinking about marginalization, privilege, authenticity, and self-interest. In the first part of The Ethical Sellout, they pull together key lessons on the many forces driving sellout crises, looking at cases from a span of contexts including high tech, elite universities, the US military, and beyond. The second part provides an adaptive framework and tool kit that makes navigating identity, belief systems, and networks an intentional practice.

This book is for all who have ever felt forced to choose between their needs and their values and for those who strive every day to maintain their integrity in the face of constant pressure to compromise.

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New Release October 2019

Lily Zheng

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Consultant

Lily Zheng is a sought-after speaker, executive coach, and organizational consultant who specializes in creating healthy, inclusive, and innovative workplaces. She has contributed to dozens of media outlets, including the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Entrepreneur, and Psychology Today.

Inge Hansen, PsyD

Director of Well-Being at Stanford

Inge Hansen, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist at Stanford University. She is the director of Well-Being at Stanford, cofounder and director of the Weiland Health Initiative and cofounder of Gender Inclusive Stanford. She has developed and taught several courses in gender and sexuality.

Gender Ambiguity in the Workplace

A timely exploration of the discrimination that gender-diverse people face.

This book analyzes the relationship between gender identity and performance in the workplace while considering the emotional and economic survival of those who identify as transgender.

  • Discusses long-ignored nuances of transgender identity through narratives of non-binary, gender-fluid, and genderless experiences, in the context of workplace discrimination
  • Extends existing theoretical literature on masculinity in the workplace, gender discrimination, and gender performance
  • Identifies factors that may preclude and minimize discrimination
  • Proposes a pragmatic set of policy recommendations for employers, community leaders, and others
  • Provides best practices around such policy items as bathroom access, workplace transition, hiring practices, and inclusive workplace culture

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Dr. Alison Ash

Founder and CEO at TurnON.love

Dr. Alison Ash is a sex and intimacy coach and sexual empowerment educator who has been exploring the intricacies of sex and gender for more than a decade. As a sociologist with a PhD from Stanford, Aly has a comprehensive understanding of the complex societal challenges that often lead to unsatisfying and disempowering sexual experiences.

Lily Zheng

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Consultant

Lily Zheng is a sought-after speaker, executive coach, and organizational consultant who specializes in creating healthy, inclusive, and innovative workplaces. She has contributed to dozens of media outlets, including the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Entrepreneur, and Psychology Today.