There’s no how-to guide for figuring out your next career chapter in midlife. But we know from personal experience - the right book can inspire you to get going!
By following the twists and turns in the lives of others - especially women we admire - we gain valuable takeaways to apply to our own journeys.
Just for you, in honor of Black History month, we’re spotlighting five of our absolute favorite books by Black women authors. Writers who inspire us with their authenticity and “never give up-ness.” Pages we turn to when we’re looking for a mindset refresh about what’s possible.
Memoirs that dig deep into love, loss and resilience – in careers and in life.
Check out the must-read list below (in no particular order!):
The Light We Carry by Michelle Obama
In an inspiring follow-up to her critically acclaimed, #1 bestselling memoir Becoming, former First Lady Michelle Obama shares practical wisdom and powerful strategies for staying hopeful and balanced in today’s highly uncertain world.
Year of Yes! by Shonda Rhimes
Shonda Rhines, the megatalented creator of Grey's Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away with Murder chronicles how saying yes for one year changed her life - and how it can change yours, too!
Lead to Win by Carla Harris
At the heart of this book are the eight things you must be intentional about every day—authenticity, building trust, creating other leaders, clarity, diversity, innovation, inclusivity, and voice—qualities that you need to hone and manifest to become a powerful, impactful leader no matter where you work.
Where You Are is Not Who You Are by Ursula Burns
The first Black female CEO of a Fortune 500 company looks back at her life and her career at Xerox, sharing unique insights on American business and corporate life, the workers she has always valued, racial and economic justice, how greed is threatening democracy, and the obstacles she’s conquered being Black and a woman.
This narrative describes the urgency that compels Stacy Ab and millions more to push for a different American story than the one being told today. It's a story that is one part danger, one part action, and all true. It's a story about how and why we fight for our democracy and We want more for you! We know that the world of work has changed so much in the last three years. If you’re struggling to know how to get started to “recognize your light” so you can become empowered to use it you’re not alone.
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