Recommended Reading

Women Lead the Way
by Linda Tarr-Whelan

Women Lead the Way offers practical steps for women to bring their passion, brains, and background to the power tables and make life better for themselves, their company or organization and global society.

The book makes the case for balanced leadership with women as full partners in making the tough decisions and then combines compelling research, international experience, and fascinating personal stories with solid advice on how to get there.

Pearls, Politics & Power
by Madeleine M. Kunin
Pearls, Politics and Power is a call to action for new political engagement and leadership from the women of America. Informed by conversations with elected women leaders from all levels, former three-term Vermont Governor and Ambassador to Switzerland Madeleine M. Kunin asks: What difference do women make? What is the worst part of politics, and what is the best part? What inspired these women to run, and how did they prepare themselves for public life? How did they raise money, protect their families’ privacy, deal with criticism and attack ads, and work with the good old boys?

More Than 85 Broads: Women Making Career Choices, Taking Risks, and Defining Success on Their Own Terms
by Janet Hanson
More Than 85 Broads is an essential read for women and men at every stage of their careers and lives. It will surprise you, motivate you, and inspire you to connect with others. Most importantly, it will help you find your own passion, build your own network, and define success on your own terms.

How Women Mean Business: A Step by Step Guide to Profiting from Gender Balanced Business
by Avivah Wittenberg Cox
How Women Mean Business is designed to provide senior managers with a clear understanding of how to approach the challenging process of shifting an old corporate culture into the modern age. Readers who follow the general guidelines and suggestions in the book will be able to set up and sustain their own successful gender balance program. It is organized across four simple stages: Audit, Awareness, Align, and Sustain.

The Loudest Duck: Moving Beyond Diversity while Embracing Differences to Achieve Success at Work
by Laura Liswood
Here is a business fable that explains why organizations need to move beyond the old-style diversity efforts to actually benefit from difference.

In today’s modern workplaces with their many different types of people, cultural and personal differences can be challenges—whether you’re a team-member or a business leader.

Different cultures teach different values, and we carry those values throughout adulthood and into the office environment. Understanding the cultural and gender viewpoints of our colleagues is a major key to healthy, conflict-free work environments.

This fable takes its name from a Chinese children’s parable about how “the loudest duck gets shot”. It’s a parable that contrasts with the American idiom “the squeaky wheel gets the grease”. Comparing the two, it’s clear that different cultures teach different views, and those views often translate into distinct ways of doing business. In today’s global business world, understanding each other - where we come from and what we’re taught—is more important than ever.

The Loudest Duck uses an entertaining story to share important lessons about why diversity efforts are bound to fail unless we really understand how we unconsciously respond to difference and how to move to beyond it.

Top Talent
by Sylvia Ann Hewitt
If you think the downturn has already hurt your business, imagine what would happen if you lost your best people. Make no mistake—the massive layoffs and rising unemployment that have rocked the marketplace do not mean star performers have nowhere else to go. In fact, alarming new data shows that top talent in many companies already have one foot out the door. They feel demotivated, over-worked, and alienated—and you neglect them at your peril.

Half the Sky
by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryle WuDunn
Half the Sky lays out an agenda for the world’s women and three major abuses: sex trafficking and forced prostitution; gender-based violence including honor killings and mass rape; and maternal mortality, which needlessly claims one woman a minute. The author notes that, we know there are many worthy causes competing for attention in the world. We focus on this one because this kind of oppression feels transcendent—and so does the opportunity. Outsiders can truly make a difference.

“So let us be clear up front: We hope to recruit you to join an incipient movement to emancipate women and fight global poverty by unlocking women’s power as economic catalysts. It is a process that transforms bubbly teenage girls from brothel slaves into successful businesswomen. You can help accelerate change if you’ll just open your heart and join in.”

Her Place at the Table
by Deborah M. Kolb, Judith Williams and Carol Frohlinger
Women face unique challenges as they assume leadership roles. Her Place at the Table is a practical guide for any woman who wishes to avoid the pitfalls and maximize her opportunity to be successful.

Drawing on extensive interviews with women leaders, the book isolated five key challenges.

  1. Intelligence—to make informed decisions you need good information, but getting it can be a tricky proposition for women.
  2. Backing—no one wants to take on a tough job without the support of major players, but you can’t take those allies for granted.
  3. Resources—allocations don’t always square with the results expected.
  4. Buy-In—you can’t lead if no one wants to follow, but bringing a team on board can be problematic.
  5. Making a Difference—the value you create must be visible before it makes a difference.


For each challenge, the book offers advice about common mistakes and then lays out the strategic moves readers can use to position themselves well. The guides concluding each chapter make it easy to put the principles to work.

Women’s Worth
by Eleanor Blayney
We are different. Women live longer and are more likely to live alone for significant periods of time. Our workplace participation is more intermittent, and the care of dependents falls to us more often. Though we are educated and successful, earning more now than ever before, we often lack confidence in our ability to make financial decisions. In short, our financial needs are different from those of men—it’s time our financial advice was different, too.

In Women’s Worth, Eleanor Blayney breaks through the traditionally male-dominated field of financial advice to offer information you as a woman can really use. Her frank approach intersperses practical advice with easy-to-do exercises that will help you understand your beliefs about money, learn the fundamentals of financial planning, and gain confidence in your financial know-how. After all, you’re worth it.