6 Awesome Reads for Women in Business
In celebration of International Women’s Day tomorrow, we have compiled a list of our top 6 reads for entrepreneurial ladies and women in business . There are some truly inspirational tales on this list that span a number of countries and periods of history worldwide. These reads are a great mix of advice, anecdotes, cautionary tales, extraordinary feats and reveal the great perseverance and sense of humour women have under pressure. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did!
a. Lean In: Women, Work and The Will To Lead – Sheryl Sandberg
Thirty years after women became 50 percent of the college graduates in the United States, men still hold the vast majority of leadership positions in government and industry. This means that women’s voices are still not heard equally in the decisions that most affect our lives. In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg examines why women’s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and offers compelling, commonsense solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential.
b. The Widow Cliquot – The Story of a Champagne Empire and The Woman Who Ruled It – Tilar Mazzeo
The Widow Clicquot is the New York Times bestselling business biography of the visionary young widow who built a champagne empire, became a legend in her tumultuous times, and showed the world how to live with style. Tilar J. Mazzeo brings to life the woman behind the label, Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin, in this utterly intoxicating book that is as much a fascinating journey through the process of making this temperamental wine as a biography of a uniquely tempered and fascinating woman.
c. In My Shoes – Tamara Mellon and William Patrick
When Tamara Mellon’s father lent her the seed money to start a high-end shoe company, he cautioned her: “Don’t let the accountants run your business.” Little did he know. Over the next fifteen years, the struggle between “financial” and “creative” would become one of the central themes as Mellon’s business savvy, creative eye, and flair for design built Jimmy Choo into a premier name in the competitive fashion industry.
d. Oprah – Kittey Kelly
For the past twenty-five years, no one has been better at revealing secrets than Oprah Winfrey. On what is arguably the most influential show in television history, she has gotten her guests to bare their love lives, explore their painful pasts, admit their transgressions, reveal their pleasures, and explore their demons. In turn, Oprah has repeatedly allowed her audience to share in her own life story and her strongly held views on the state of the world. There is a case to be made, and it is certainly made in this book, that Oprah Winfrey is an important, and even great, figure of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. But there is also a case to be made that even greatness needs to be examined and put under a microscope.
e. No Higher Honour – Condoleezza Rice
From one of the world’s most admired women, this is former National Security Advisor and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s compelling story of eight years serving at the highest levels of government. In her position as America’s chief diplomat, Rice traveled almost continuously around the globe, seeking common ground among sometimes bitter enemies, forging agreement on divisive issues, and compiling a remarkable record of achievement.
f. From Strength to Strength – Sara Henderson
Sara Henderson’s bestselling autobiography has touched the hearts of thousands of people all over Australia. As tough, spirited, warm and funny as the woman herself, From Strength to Strength is the inspirational story of one woman’s extraordinary courage and determination
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