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When Top Women Journalists + Entrepreneurs Build Your Reading List

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I'm part of a fabulous book club made up of women journalists and entrepreneurs. We even have people in the group who've written some of the more impactful stories to kick off #timesup and #metoo. Because everyone comes to the meetings charged up about what they're working on, we usually spend about fifteen percent of the time talking about the books and eight-five percent of the time discussing our workplaces, relationships and all else that makes us who we are. The club is great fun, but preparing for it is also wonderful because we have such a great list of books.

Since it's Friday, and I'm sick of writing serious content this week, I thought I'd share our list for the next few meetings. My friend Elana Berkowitz writes the blurbs you'll read for each book (except for The Power) and picks out the books with Kate Shaw.

The Power by Naomi Alderman

I'm more than halfway through the book and it's a total page turner that makes you rethink gender parity on so many levels. Plus, it's thrilling and reads super fast.

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

One of NYT's 10 best books of 2017, refugees, magical realism etc by author of Reluctant Fundamentalist and How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia.

Homo Deus by Yuval Harari

For what its worth, President Obama, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg are big fans of this dude's work. Will humans be dominant in 200-300 years? He thinks not.

The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani

Huge best seller in France, killer nanny novel written by this badass Moroccan French lady profiled in the New Yorker.

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What All-Remote Technical Recruiting Looks Like: Quip’s 9 Tips for Candidates

The pandemic's impact on collaborative software company Quip's technical recruiting team started slowly.

First, their roster of engineering interviewers started to dwindle as rising concerns about COVID-19 led some of them to start working from home in January and February, remembers technical recruiter Grace Kim. "We needed to rethink how we conducted our onsite interviews with a limited pool," she says.

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9 Ways to Grow Your Career Within a Company With Stack Overflow’s Brittany Boardman

Brittany Boardman went to her first interview with Stack Overflow without expecting much.

"I'm not technical, I'm not an engineer. And I wasn't necessarily looking [for a new job]. But Stack just blew me away," says Brittany of her first exposure to the company behind the world's largest and most trusted software developer and technologist community. "The people I met that day seemed like they genuinely liked coming to work. There was this cohesive belief in what the company was doing. I was converted pretty quickly after that interview—Stack was somewhere I wanted to join."

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What Work-Life Harmony Looks Like as a Mom and a Manager During This Pandemic

7 Tips from SoftwareONE's Khristy Young

Khristy Young is used to working hard.

She came to the U.S. from the Philippines at 19, computer science degree in hand, and landed her first job in tech, working in frontline support, at 21.

Chainalysis Inc.

The Double Shift: This Mom's Sharing Her Tips for Parenting Through a Pandemic

Balancing two full-time jobs — as a mom and [insert your title here] — has never been easy. Add to that the stress of the holiday season and a global pandemic, and your brain may well feel ready to explode.

If you're feeling overwhelmed these days, you're not alone. Hear how Ping Del Giudice, Director of Revenue Operations at Chainalysis and mother of two, has been coping amidst the chaos. (Spoiler alert: she's perfected her multitasking skills.)

What are your best work-life integration tips during this challenging time? Let us know in the comments.

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