At a time when the average professional stays at a job a mere four years, the idea that ‘change is inevitable’ has never been more true — especially when it comes to our careers. With the right reading material, authored by women who have mastered the art of transition, we invite you to own your next chapter, pivot, or pause — and make it one that counts.
A household name in the world of interior design, Debbie Travis has transformed her television fame into a full-fledged empire. Today, she’s a wildly successful hotelier, entrepreneur, and author, splitting her time between England, Toronto, and Italy’s Tuscan countryside. In her new book, Travis shares the key ‘commandments’ she follows, the road-map that lead to her personal transformation, and stories of women who’ve attended her Tuscan retreats and left knowing how to confidently answer the question, “What’s next?”
Does it feel like the time has come to make a change in your career? Not sure which direction to choose? When it comes to professional transformation, Jenny Blake — a former training and career development specialist at Google who now runs her own company as a career and business consultant and speaker — believes in taking small steps, not leaps. In Pivot, she explains how valuable your current job is in determining what your next one should be. By leveraging your existing networks and skills, Blake celebrates the power of the pivot, and reveals how this tried and true Silicon Valley strategy could land you on the path to your next breakthrough.
With Imperfect Courage: Live a Life of Purpose by Leaving Comfort and Going Scared, Jessica Honegger, founder of fair-trade jewelry line Noonday, invites you to leave behind your life of comfort and ease to tread into the unknown, and design a life of impact and purpose. Inspired by her personal journey in starting Noonday, Imperfect Courage dares readers to get serious about their deepest desires to do good, and kickstart a personal and/or professional transformation that might just change the world.
You might recognize Ellen Pao’s name due to her former role as CEO of reddit, where she made revolutionary changes to the platform, making it a safer space for women. Today, she is a diversity and inclusion activist, venture capitalist, and co-founder of the award-winning diversity and inclusion nonprofit Project Include. Reset tells the story of when Pao confronted Silicon Valley’s discrimination against women and minorities with a lawsuit that dubbed her “the face of change.” While her suit was ultimately unsuccessful, Pao revolutionized the conversation at tech offices, in the media, and around the world.
In an era of ever-increasing speed and efficiency, Rachael O’Meara’s Pause is the permission you need to pump the breaks on the trajectory of your life. Backed by psychological and neurological research, O’Meara says the quickest road to happiness is to take the scenic route — to explore what you love, rediscover what lights you up, and re-enter the ‘grind’ with a clearer sense of self and energized momentum. Including actionable steps and personal stories of success, O’Meara prepares you for and guides you through your own ‘pause’ — whether it’s for a year, a week, or just a moment.