The Memo: What Women of Color Need To Know To Secure a Seat at the Table

Seal. Aug. 2019. 240p. ISBN 9781580058469. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781580058452. BUS
Harts (New York Univ. Robert F. Wagner Graduate Sch. of Public Svc.; founder, the Memo) examines the “ugly truths” that keep women of color from opportunities in the workplace and a seat at the table. Finding a gap in business and self-help literature addressing these issues, the author seeks to fill the gap with this book aimed at recent college graduates, those who are looking for a mentor or sponsor, and women feeling stuck or unsure in their careers. Harts draws on her own career experiences and those of other professionals to provide practical advice on networking, mentoring, sponsorship, office politics, discrimination, and more. Included are profiles of notable businesswomen, such as Patricia Roberts Harris, Tracey Travis, Radhika Jones, Jo Ann Jenkins, Jerri DeVard, and more. Harts also provides guidance on professional development conferences, platforms, and podcasts, and supplies résumé tips and sample letters for connecting and reconnecting with other professionals.
VERDICT A much-needed resource for women of color in the workplace that realistically looks at the issues faced and offers advice on how to enact change. Highly recommended.

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