Whether you’re a current girl boss or an aspiring one, we can all appreciate some good motivation every now and then. This summer, our reading list is chock full of career advice, kick-ass motivation and loads of positivity for women in all areas of the workplace.
1. Knowing Your Value: Women, Money and Getting What You're Worth Mika Brzezinski
The Skinny: Mika Brzezinski, co-host of Morning Joe (one of my all-time fave cable news shows!), examines the decades-old battle women face with achieving equal pay in the workplace. Mika’s book dives into the pitfalls, challenges and factors that come into play when negotiating salary and maneuvering through your career path. The book is peppered with anecdotes from #bossladies like Sheryl Sandberg, Arianna Huffington and others, and keeps you intrigued with Mika’s self-deprecating humor.
Great for: All kickass #girlbosses on the move. You’ll feel inspired by stories of predecessors’ successes, shortcomings and lessons. You’ll understand why you might feel anxious - or god forbid apologetic! - in your compensation reviews, and even dive into the double standard of being aggressive in the workplace and what that means for your career.
2. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead Sheryl Sandberg
The Skinny: By now, Sheryl Sandberg has become a household name, and for well-deserved reasons like her title as COO of Facebook or TED Talk extraordinaire. In her book, Sheryl sheds light on the idea that women may not be realizing their full potential, and that we should be focusing on what we can do instead of what we can’t. She encourages her readers to sit at the table and, quite literally, lean in to the conversation. Take risks, stand up and speak up for yourself and your ideas.
Great for: Any woman needing a boost - either professionally or personally. Personal stories, hard-hitting facts and research combine to provide solid advice on ways to negotiate and advance your career, or to live a more fulfilling personal life as well. In short, it’s a “blueprint for individual growth that will empower women around the world to achieve their full potential.”
3. Own It: The Power of Women at Work Sallie Krawcheck
The Skinny: Sallie Krawcheck is one of my top professional role models. As co-founder of Ellevest, an online platform designed to help close the gender investing gap, what’s not to love? In her book, Sallie turns the concept of empowerment on its head. Nowadays, this buzz word gets thrown around without much thought, but its true meaning is to be given power - at the mercy of someone else. She questions why women need to be given power at all, when it’s there for the taking! Women bring such unique perspectives to the workforce and she discusses the need to shift the dialogue from playing in a man’s world to embracing our gender and taking power back un-apologetically, or better yet, changing the rules of the game altogether!
Great for: Women who dare to challenge the status quo. Great for women who want to embrace their unique strengths and perspectives and demand male colleagues perk up and listen. Sallie’s book demonstrates how we can seize this moment, grab our fair share and move on and up.
4. Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill It in Your Career. Rock Social Media. Aliza Licht
The Skinny: Social media superstar, and former voice behind the @DKNYGIRL twitter, Aliza Licht has become beloved for her top-notch career advice and her enthusiasm for mentoring. Now, in her first book, Aliza tells her personal story replete with The Devil Wears Prada-esque moments and insider secrets. Drawing invaluable lessons from her experience as a top fashion publicist, Licht shares advice, inspiration and a healthy dose of real talk.
Great for: Aspiring #girlbosses trying to leave a mark in the industry. Aliza delivers personal and professional guidance for people just starting their careers. With an emphasis on communicating and building your personal brand, Aliza is your sassy, knowledgeable guide to the contemporary working world, and can help you have a strong sense of self.
5. #GIRLBOSS Sophia Amoruso
The Skinny: Written by Sophia Amoruso, former executive chairman of Nasty Gal, a $250-million-plus fashion retailer with more than four hundred employees. Sophia was never a typical CEO, or a typical anything, and she’s written "#GIRLBOSS" for other girls like her: outsiders (and insiders) seeking a unique path to success, even when that path is windy as all hell and lined with naysayers.
Great for: Any woman looking to channel their inner badass. #GIRLBOSS proves that being successful isn’t about where you went to college or how popular you were in high school. It’s about trusting your instincts and following your gut; knowing which rules to follow and which to break; when to button up and when to let your freak flag fly.
That a wrap on our favorite summer reads! Have a boss lady book that you love and we are missing? Comment down below!