At AURN we celebrate excellence every day, but we’re turning up because it’s Women’s History Month and we want to make sure phenomenal women in the world take front and center. Women have made major strides in leadership over the years, pulling no punches when it comes to dominating c-suite roles. Here, we are celebrating a few women entrepreneurs and executives who are sharing their magic and teaching others how to get to the top.
Courage by Design by Dee Robinson
The full title of this book is Courage By Design: Ten Commandments +1 For Moving Past Fear to Joy, Fulfillment, and Purpose. That is a motivational mouthful! Author Dee Robinson is a veteran business leader. In 1995, she founded Robinson Hill, a successful retail and food and beverage airport concessions outpost available in a variety of locations. The thriving entrepreneur also utilizes her skills to help other businesses scale to their full potential. Her book presents a message about courage and pushing through doubt. She explains how overcoming fears helped her design the life of her dreams and how people can harness the same gumption to achieve their goals.
Lead to Win by Carla A. Harris
Carla A. Harris has extensive leadership experience at the executive level as a senior client advisor at Morgan Stanley, a motivational speaker, and more. Her book, Lead to Win: How to Be a Powerful, Impactful, Influential Leader in Any Environment is a must read for anyone who wants insight into how to navigate the business landscape in challenging and unpredictable times.
Bet on Black by Eboni K. Williams
Eboni K. Williams is an attorney and media maven. She is the executive producer for Revolt Black News, the first Black woman to join the cast of Real Housewives of New York, and has been a highly insightful voice for Black issues on a variety of media outlets. Williams has never been shy about speaking her mind. Her newest book, Bet on Black: The Good News About Being Black in America Today, is a call to the African diaspora to step up and take control of our lives and how we present ourselves to the world—even in the face of adversity. Some of Williams’ calls to action include not letting anyone make you the sidekick, being proud of your Blackness everywhere you go, subverting stereotypes, being disruptive, and being unified with other Black people.
Black Women Will Save the World by April Ryan
April Ryan is an AURN alumna who made headlines with her coverage at the White House. Her newest book, Black Women Will Save the World: An Anthem, celebrates Black women’s historical strength and resilience. It serves as a reminder for sistas to stand in their power.
The Urgent Life by Bozoma Saint John
Bozoma Saint John has been a c-suite executive at top multinational companies like Netflix, Uber, Apple and more. The marketing wiz is also an ambassador to Ghana, where her parents were born. In her debut memoir, The Urgent Life: My Story of Love, Loss, and Survival, she gets transparent about how losing her husband to cancer inspired her to make a major shift in her life that led to her philosophy of “living urgently.” She’s using her life’s experiences as motivation to encourage others to live life to the fullest.
Racial Justice at Work by Mary-Frances Winters and the Winters Group Team
A lot of corporations talk a good game about diversity, equity, and inclusion, but strategies aren’t always well-implemented. That’s where Racial Justice at Work: Practical Solutions for Systemic Change comes in. Think of it as a manual for how to dismantle systems that have historically harmed and excluded BIPOC communities and a guide to implement thoughtful strategies and HR solutions that increase representation and promote equity. DEIJ pioneer Mary-Frances Winters and her coauthors from her firm dig deep and provide the blueprint for pragmatic strategies companies can use to create an equitable workplace culture.
These six titles—and the women who penned them—are motivational, educational, and inspiring. You should add them to your library as soon as possible.