The best books on women managing challenging professional experiences

Who am I?

When writing about the everyday challenges that women face within the workplace, I aim to express the events that occur before, during, and after the experience. Unpopular belief, life doesn’t go back to normal for most of us, as getting back to normal from any traumatic experience will leave you shielded. I found my voice through writing about my passion for enabling female empowerment. My path as a woman in leadership came from understanding the lack of consistent supportive resources, encouragement, and validation, amongst women in the workplace. Through my writing, I aim to creatively empower and encourage my readers to find their voice. 

I wrote...

Jaded Choyce

By Shaynuh Sloane,

Book cover of Jaded Choyce

What is my book about?

30 year old urban professional, Chloe choice, has a plan to start a better life for her and her family, starting with her federal career. As she transitions from one organization to another, she hopes to make a positive difference on the road to achieving her professional goals. The situation reaches a head when Chloe discovers that her work environment is far from what it appears to be. As she learns along the way, she faces challenges from her unsupportive employer, leading her to fend for herself while trying to escape the career she once thought she wanted.

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The books I picked & why

Book cover of The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table

Why did I love this book?

This book empowered me during one of the most defining phases of my career in technology. Minda Harts' strategic blueprint on maneuvering the workplace as a woman of color provides guided insight that enables and prepares cognizance of professional politics. The Memo is by far the greatest playbook guiding women on the foundation within their professional atmosphere while navigating through their careers. 

By Minda Harts,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Memo as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The Memo is the much-needed career advice guide for women of colour specifically, finally ending the one-size-fits-all approach of business books that lump together women across races and overlook the unique barriers to success for women of colour.

In a charismatic and relatable voice, Minda Harts brings her entrepreneurial experience as CEO of The Memo to the page, as well as her past career life as a fundraising consultant to top colleges across the country. With wit and candour, Harts begins by acknowledging the "ugly truths" that keep women of colour from getting the proverbial seat at the table in…

Book cover of What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing

Why did I love this book?

Bruce D. Perry and Oprah Winfrey go through the importance of understanding and identifying the ‘why’ behind the complexities of the human experience. Opening the discussion on the importance of processing trauma, and how it affects us all while acknowledging the experience, this book enables the opportunity to lead to a thriving path of healing and recovery. 

By Bruce D. Perry, Oprah Winfrey,

Why should I read it?

4 authors picked What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?


Our earliest experiences shape our lives far down the road, and What Happened to You? provides powerful scientific and emotional insights into the behavioral patterns so many of us struggle to understand.

“Through this lens we can build a renewed sense of personal self-worth and ultimately recalibrate our responses to circumstances, situations, and relationships. It is, in other words, the key to reshaping our very lives.”―Oprah Winfrey

This book is going to change the way you see your life.

Have you ever wondered "Why did I do that?" or "Why can't I just control my…

Book cover of Your Next Five Moves: Master the Art of Business Strategy

Why did I love this book?

In this great read, Patrick bet David opens the opportunity to strategize on planning ahead. In this book, there is the opportunity to clarify where you want to be in life and how you plan to get there. The path begins with understanding how you personally identify yourself, to how you plan to take action on it. After gaining clarity on who you are as a person, you then are able to enhance your strategy as a leader. This book gave great insight to people who feel that they are stuck in a limited place or position, exposing them to their full potential and endless possibilities. 

By Patrick Bet-David,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Your Next Five Moves as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

From the creator of Valuetainment, the #1 YouTube channel for entrepreneurs, and "one of the most exciting thinkers" (Ray Dalio, author of Principles) in business today, comes a practical and effective guide for thinking more clearly and achieving your most audacious professional goals.

Both successful entrepreneurs and chess grandmasters have the vision to look at the pieces in front of them and anticipate their next five moves. In this book, Patrick Bet-David "helps entrepreneurs understand exactly what they need to do next" (Brian Tracy, author of Eat That Frog!) by translating this skill into a valuable methodology. Whether you feel…

Book cover of Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as If Your Life Depended on It

Why did I love this book?

Chris Voss goes into detail on how negotiation tactics and methods he has learned as a public servant influence everyday life and strategy. The wisdom carried in this book leads to many impressive and valid forms of negotiation that can be used within all professional environments. The five principles provided by Voss, give you a great idea of how you can become comfortable with asking for what you want in an amicable manner with little to no compromise.  

By Chris Voss, Tahl Raz,

Why should I read it?

4 authors picked Never Split the Difference as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?


A former FBI hostage negotiator offers a new, field-tested approach to negotiating - effective in any situation.

'Riveting' Adam Grant
'Stupendous' The Week
'Brilliant' Guardian
After a stint policing the rough streets of Kansas City, Missouri, Chris Voss joined the FBI, where his career as a kidnapping negotiator brought him face-to-face with bank robbers, gang leaders and terrorists. Never Split the Difference takes you inside his world of high-stakes negotiations, revealing the nine key principles that helped Voss and his colleagues succeed when it mattered the most - when people's lives were at stake.


Book cover of Successful Women Think Differently: 9 Habits to Make You Happier, Healthier, & More Resilient

Why did I love this book?

Valerie Burtons gives great guidance enabling and encouraging change through the simplest form of your thoughts. Understanding how you think can lead to your success, she outlines the discovery that encourages and enable empowerment within ourselves. Her holistic approach through positive thinking and transparent coaching enable the cultivation of positive perspectives for all of life’s lessons. 

By Valorie Burton,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Successful Women Think Differently as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Popular author and professional certified coach Valorie Burton knows that successful women think differently. They make decisions differently. They set goals differently and bounce back from failure differently. Valorie is dedicated to help women create new thought processes that empower them to succeed in their relationships, finances, work, health, and spiritual life. With new, godly habits, women will discover how to:

focus on solutions, not problems choose courage over fear nurture intentional relationships take consistent action in the direction of their dreams build the muscle of self-control

In this powerful and practical guide, Valorie provides a woman with insight into…

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