From microaggressions to the wage gap, The Memo empowers women of color with actionable advice on challenges and offers a clear path to success.
Most business books provide a one-size-fits-all approach to career advice that overlooks the unique barriers that women of color face. In The Memo, Minda Harts offers a much-needed career guide tailored specifically for women of color.
Drawing on knowledge gained from her past career as a fundraising consultant to top colleges across the country, Harts now brings her powerhouse entrepreneurial experience as CEO of The Memo to the page. With wit and candor, she acknowledges "ugly truths" that keep women of color from having a seat at the table in corporate America. Providing straight talk on how to navigate networking, office politics, and money, while showing how to make real change to the system, The Memo offers support and long-overdue advice on how women of color can succeed in their careers.
Harts, an assistant professor of public service at NYU's Wagner School and CEO of career-coaching company The Memo, issues a direct rejoinder to Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In in this urgent career guide. While reading Sandberg's book, Harts recalls, she realized that all of the books she had read about female business success came from a white perspective. Moreover, she had no interest in a narrative of overcoming career roadblocks by just working harder, when systemic injustice is the obstacle in place. By writing this book, Harts explains, she wants to keep women of color from leaning out of the workforce because of bias and limited opportunity. Buoyed up by examples from her own experiences, such as how she confronted a white colleague who consistently called her "the black girl," Harts provides a necessary guide written from and to women of color, focusing on "building your squad," navigating office politics, managing in a world that is anything but postracial, and investing in oneself and one's career. "Don't take sh from anyone," she advises, followed by a much-needed wake-up call for her white readers, in how and how not to be an ally. The result is a much-needed new perspective on an overwhelmingly white genre.
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This book is absolutely amazing! Ms. Minda Hart’s candor, wittiness and fervor on connecting with women of color and educating the masses on how we should treat each other in the workplace is impeccable. Nonetheless, the resources and tools shared to help all “level up” or reality check was empowering and giving!
The Memo by Minda Hart
An essential read for all women in leadership! Fantastic..You will be empowered and grateful.
I connected with the writer on many obstacles I’ve faced throughout my career. Couple of good nuggets to walk away with.