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6 Books to Celebrate Women in Business

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6 Books to Celebrate Women in Business

6 Books to Celebrate Women in Business

Women around the world are increasingly becoming integral contributors to their countries’ economies; however, they are frequently overlooked in the business world. That’s why November 19 is Women’s Entrepreneurship Day.

Women’s Entrepreneurship Day is a day dedicated to celebrating and empowering female entrepreneurs and business leaders worldwide. 

The following collection of books highlight entrepreneurship hurdles, inspiring stories, and strategies to shatter the barriers that women so often face in business.

The Grit Factor by Shannon Huffman Polson

The Grit Factor by Shannon Huffman Polson (Harvard Business Review)

Inspiring female author Shannon Polson made it her mission to connect with an elite pack of tough, impressive female iconoclasts who shared with her their candid stories of combat and career. 

With its gripping narrative and relatable takeaways, The Grit Factor is both inspiring and pragmatic, a book that will energize and enlighten current and aspiring leaders everywhere—whether male or female.

These women led at the highest levels in the most complicated, challenging, and male-dominated organization in the world. Now, in the post–#MeToo era, when positive role models of women leading are needed as never before, Polson brings these voices together, sharing her own life lessons and theirs with storytelling flair, keen insight, and incisive analysis of current research.

Wonder Women by Katy Mousinho and Giles Lury

Wonder Women by Katy Mousinho and Giles Lury (LID Publishing)

Every marketer knows the stories of Lord Lever, Charles Revson and Steve Jobs; has probably read Al Ries and Jack Trout; and seen the works of Bill Bernbach and John Hegarty. What’s interesting about these ‘Masters of Marketing’ is that they are all men.

Wonder Women highlights stories and insights from women who have had a tremendous influence on the marketing industry. There are stories of Brownie Wise, who transformed Tupperware, and Mary Wells Lawrence, who founded the advertising agency Wells, Rich, Greene

Span of Control by Carey D. Lohrenz

Span of Control by Carey D. Lohrenz (Advantage Media/Forbesbooks)

What can you do when uncertainty, stress, burnout, and anxiety stand in the way of achieving your goals? If anyone knows how to regain focus when the world is spinning out of control, it’s Carey Lohrenz – one of the first female F-14 Tomcat fighter pilots in the US Navy, a mom, wife, business consultant, Wall Street Journal bestselling author, and global speaker.

Span of Control guides readers through the fundamentals of persisting through times of crisis. This book combines science, personal stories, interviews, advice, encouragement and practicality to help you understand what you can and cannot control, determine what matters most, outline a plan for success, then follow that plan to achieve your goals and dreams.

Women’s Small Business Start-Up Kit by Peri Pakroo

Women’s Small Business Start-Up Kit by Peri Pakroo (NOLO)

An award-winning guide for any women starting or running a business with how-to’s for drafting a business plan, managing finances, hiring employees, choosing a legal structure and so much more.

Th sixth edition of this popular series features stories from successful women business owners whose insights will inform and inspire you, as well as valuable tips for maintaining work-life balance.

The Long Game by Dorie Clark

The Long Game by Dorie Clark (Harvard Business Review)

Your personal goals need a long-term strategy.

It’s no secret that we’re pushed to the limit. Today’s professionals feel rushed, overwhelmed, and perennially behind. So we keep our heads down, focused on the next thing, and the next, without a moment to breathe.

How can we break out of this endless cycle and create the kind of interesting, meaningful lives we all seek? Dorie Clark argues in her new book The Long Game about doing small things to achieve our goals – and being willing to keep at them, even when they seem pointless, boring, or hard.

Glass Half-Broken by Colleen Ammerman and Boris Groysberg

Glass Half-Broken by Colleen Ammerman and Boris Groysberg (Harvard Business Review)

Even in 2021, the gender gap continues to persist, especially in the highest-paying jobs. Why haven’t we made more progress? How can we close it?

Colleen Ammerman and Boris Groysberg reveal in Glass Half-Broken the pervasive organizational obstacles and managerial actions—limited opportunities for development, lack of role models and sponsors, and bias in hiring, compensation, and promotion—that create gender imbalances.

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