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8 Books By Women to Read this Fall - 2020 Edition

If you've found a dearth of things to thing look forward to in 2020, well... you're not alone.

To help remedy that, we've put together a list of 8 books coming out this year to help you find the motivation you need to close 2020 on a high note!


On Taking Risks—at Work and Beyond

Undaunted by Kara Goldin (October 20)

Ready to move from ideas to action? Kara breaks down how you can overcome doubts (and your doubters) to build better products, brands, and companies!

Unapologetically Ambitious by Shellye Archambeau (October 6)

One of the first Black women to become a CEO in Silicon Valley, Shellya shares a blueprint for how you can achieve your professional and personal goals by recounting her own struggles and triumphs as a mom, wife, and ambitious professional.

Uncharted by Margaret Heffernan (September 8)

Ideal for these turbulent times, entrepreneur, CEO, and TED speaker Margaret Heffernan offers tips for preparing for and navigating uncertainty—from people who aren't daunted by it.

On Building Kinder, More Inclusive Workplaces

Building for Everyone by Annie Jean-Baptiste (August 18)

The head of Google's product inclusion team, Annie shares case studies and personal experiences to teach us how to incorporate diversity and inclusion in product design, ensuring that the products we create work for everyone.

Can't Even by Anne Helen Petersen (September 22)

Feeling burnt out? Join the club. Previously a senior culture writer at Buzzfeed, Anne Helen Petersen has seen millennial burnout firsthand—now she's offering strategies for individuals, societies, and companies to prevent it.

Do Good at Work by Bea Boccalando (November 24)

If you feel lost and demotivated at work, you're not alone. Bea Boccalando presents a framework to help workers break free from work that feels meaningless... without quitting their jobs! Learn the art and science of job purposing to unlock fulfillment at work.

Trampled by Unicorns by Maëlle Gavet (September 29)

Gavet explores the lack of empathy in big tech and shares steps the industry can take to course correct and have a positive impact on the world.

Confessions from Your Token Black Colleague by Talisa Lavarry (August 21)

Diversity and inclusion consultant Talisa Lavarry shares stories of the discrimination she's faced in her career, and lessons for building more equitable workplaces.

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How These Companies Are Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

According to a recent study, anti-Asian hate crimes have risen 150% since the pandemic started. But these acts of violence are not new — they are part of a much larger history of anti-Asian racism and violence in the U.S.

That makes celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (which was named a month-long celebration in May by Congress in 1992 "to coincide with two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants on May 7, 1843 and contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the transcontinental railroad, completed May 10, 1869") this year all the more important.

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Autodesk, Inc.

How Embracing What She Doesn’t Know Led Autodesk’s Arezoo Riahi to a Fulfilling Career in DEI

Arezoo Riahi isn't a big fan of the "fake it till you make it" approach. She'd rather ask for the help she needs and learn from it.

Autodesk's Director of Diversity and Belonging joined the design software company from the nonprofit world after a long career in connecting people from different cultures. While her work had been deeply rooted in DEI values, there were certain parts of the strategy-building aspects to her new role that she wasn't sure about.

"If you know it, show up like you know it. If you don't know it, you shouldn't fake it. And Autodesk didn't shame me for not knowing everything. They helped me, and the entire team, by providing the resources that we needed, bringing in outside expertise to help teach us when we were in new territory," says Arezoo, who has been at Autodesk for three years now, during which she's been promoted twice into her current role.

We sat down with Arezoo to hear more about her path into DEI work, what she thinks the future of that work must include, and what advice she has for women looking to build fulfilling careers, from knowing what you don't know and beyond.

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LogMeIn Inc.

Behind-the-Scenes: Sales Interview Process at LogMeIn

Get an inside look at the interview process for sales roles at LogMeIn, one of the largest SaaS companies providing remote work technology, from Michael Gagnon, Senior Manager of Corporate Account Executive Sales.

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Procore Technologies Inc

How Being an Open Member of the LGBTQIA+ Community Has Helped Procore’s Alex Zinik Overcome Imposter Syndrome at Work

Alex Zinik wasn't surprised that she started her career in education—she decided she would become a teacher when she was just in third grade.

She was surprised while working as a paraeducator in the school system and preparing to become a special education teacher, she discovered that it didn't feel quite right. "I didn't know if that's what I really wanted to do," she recalls.

So a friend suggested she take a job during her off summers at construction software company Procore. She thought this would be the perfect opportunity to try out this new challenge, and if she needed to, she could go back to the school district once the summer was over.

"Five summers later, I'm still here!" she says, smiling. "And I see myself here for many more years. I just fell in love with the company, the culture, and with the career growth opportunities I was presented with."

As part of our Pride month celebrations, Alex, currently the Senior Executive Assistant to the CEO at Procore, sat down with us to share how a common fear—the fear of being found out—underlay the imposter syndrome she felt when pivoting to an industry in which she lacked experience, and the anxiety she often felt before coming out to her friends and family about her sexuality.

Read on for her insight on overcoming negative thought patterns, being yourself, and paying it forward.

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The Outlook That Helps CSL’s Paula Manchester Invest in Herself and Her Team

If you told Paula Manchester that you weren't good at math, she wouldn't believe you.

"That's a global indictment," she says. "'I'm not good at math' implies that you don't have the ability to nurture that muscle. And then I'd ask what kind of math? There's a lot to math."

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