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5 Inspiring Reads for Career-driven Women

Whether you have a summer vacation, are taking a weekend beach trip, or are just looking for something to read before bed, summer is a great time to make headway on your reading list. With these books, you can also work on building your networking skills, career goals, and confidence at the same time. 

Power Up: How Smart Women Win in the New Economy 

Power Up author Magdalena Yesil came to the United States as an immigrant with $43 in her pocket. Despite the challenges she faced as a woman and immigrant in Silicon Valley, she is now the first investor and founding board member of Salesforce, a multi-billion dollar company. In Power Up she gives her advice for being confident, smart, and accomplished in workplaces dominated by men. 

The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance: What Women Should Know

Working women in today’s world are the most educated and qualified than ever before, and yet the business world is still dominated by men. A possible contributing factor could be that while most women were raised with a focus on being caring in thorough in their work, they were not always encouraged to have self-confidence and assurance. The Confidence Code aims to teach women what society neglected to instill in them as girls– the tools to believe in oneself and close the gender inequality gap in the corporate world. 

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

Many people believe that when they enter the workplace, they need to be nothing but tough. While this may work for some, embracing productive vulnerability and sensitivity in one’s life can be an integral tool for success– even in the workplace. While vulnerability can be uncomfortable or even terrifying, author Brene Brown argues it also allows you to be seen and understood. Daring Greatly is a practice and a powerful new vision for letting that change take place.

Geek Girl Rising: Inside the Sisterhood Shaking up Tech

The world of tech start-ups and entrepreneurship can seem daunting as a woman, when all of the famous success stories you read about star white male founders. And while there is a gender gap, there are plenty of successful women in the tech industry who are accomplishing incredible feats and changing the industry from the inside. Geek Girl Rising tells the stories of a diverse range of women in tech: including their failures, successes, and how they plan to shake up Silicon Valley for the better.

In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs 

In the Company of Women is a great book to keep on your desk and flip through when in need of some career inspiration. It is a collection of advice from over 100 different women self-starters, with stories of how they got to where they are. With such a diverse array of women and industries, there’s something for everyone.