Meet Ray Arata
Inclusive Leadership Expert
INSPIRE | ENGAGE | DEVELOP
Leading from the Heart
Ray Arata is a keynote speaker, author, and coach with an expertise in inclusive leadership. Ray has devoted more than 15.000+ hours of working with men to advance their emotional literacy and intelligence with the ManKind Project for more than 24 years. His experience has led him to be recognized as a Male Champion of Change in 2016, awarded by the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the UN Women. Ray is the founder of the Better Man Movement and the author of two books: Showing Up and Wake Up, Man Up, Step Up.
As a seasoned keynote speaker, Ray delivers captivating presentations centered on topics like inclusivity, leadership, being an ally, and more.
Inclusive Leadership Coaching
Ray has over 15,000 hours working with leaders at the c-suite and lower levels to create more efficient, open, and inclusive workplaces.
Ray’s experience as a leader has enabled him to lead impactful conversations within organizations to further their DEI journey and create an inclusive workplace.
How Men Can Become Effective Allies
Learn from inclusive leadership expert Ray Arata. Showing Up is a revolutionary step-by-step guide—by and for men—to ending toxic masculinity and leveraging men to enact heart-based leadership, increase diversity, bolster the bottom line, and create a culture so everyone in the workplace wins.
In Showing Up, you’ll discover the DIY method of heart-based leadership Ray has used with such companies as Verizon, Bloomberg, Moody’s, Intel, Toyota, Hearst, and more—a male-modeled, real-solutions approach by and for men to increase diversity, bolster the bottom line, and create a culture so everyone in the workplace wins.
With stories that illuminate common missteps, followed by key learning sections, and deep-dive training exercises to support the development of allyship, Showing Up turns good intentions into specific actions you can implement immediately.
More people recognize the importance of Allyship—and that’s great. Unfortunately, many men still don’t know what they need to do to affect change so everyone feels valued and empowered at work. In Showing Up, Ray Arata provides clear guidance on how to turn good intentions into action. I strongly recommend it to everyone interested in helping create a more equal and productive workplace.
Ray is an award-winning and devoted ally and extraordinary role model for other men, bringing a deep understanding of human needs, knowledge of behavioral change, and a huge vision for inclusionary leadership and organizations. Ray walks his talk, knows his stuff, and speaks from his big heart—an inspiring keynote speaker that motivates new commitment to real change.
Ray Arata has unlocked the secret sauce to a sustainable DEI effort of engaging the majority. Ray has made the connection between head and heart for males to find why they should support full inclusion without shame or blame. . . which is refreshing and needed.
Showing Up. . . gives us the game plan we need to consciously and continually be better allies, men, and humans by showing us how to take our intentions and turn them into impact; how to connect with, stay in, and lead from our hearts.
In my experience, active engagement from men is a critical factor in our shared journey to achieve gender partnership and gender equity. I’m grateful to the women in my life who welcomed, fostered, and mentored my growth—enabling me to be a better leader, father, spouse, and friend. Ray Arata’s book is a helpful guide for how men can be better sponsors and advocates for women.
Showing Up is a critical and timely book that inspires men to stand up for gender and racial justice on the job. Ray Arata makes a compelling case that men care deeply about good leadership and equality in the workplace and Showing Up is the ‘how to’ manual for how they can intervene in ways that make them better men. This book is a must-read for corporate leaders and any man who wants to live up to his potential as an ally and a leader who can shift the world—one workplace at a time.
As men, we’re trained to split ourselves in two: the rational worker in public, the emotional human at home. What a loss—on both sides of the equation. Ray Arata’s great gift is that he can help men connect heads and hearts, passion and productivity. Read this book and let him show you how to be more present at work and in life!
In a historical moment when men are called and must show up as allies, Arata provides a clear roadmap for what that takes. His approach is brutally honest, self-reflective, and direct. Showing Up is a must-read for men on this journey, and for all those who want to call men in as true allies.
Showing Up packs a punch on the reality of male allyship in the workplace. Equally as important, it shines amazing insights on the importance of including the most influential group—straight, white men—in a discussion in which they are often left out—diversity. Arata homes in with practical strategies to engage, build trust, and strengthen your approach to creating great workplaces through allyship.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion leaders understand how critical it is to have everyone, especially men, engaged in the work of creating an inclusive workplace (organization, society!) where all people can thrive. The challenge is making the space for men to truly connect, reflect and then eventually act—one that doesn’t also cast shame, and blame, and does more harm than good. Showing Up explores healthy masculinity through Ray Arata’s inimitable voice to create that space. It’s a must-read for practitioners to then share with the men in their lives and organizations.