After I graduated from law school, I was pretty much tired of school, books and learning. Looking back, that was a pretty dumb mind-set to have. I’ve since learned that to really be successful, you have to keep learning, whether it’s learning a new skill, continuing education, etc. One of the best ways I’ve found to keep learning is through reading. Over the past few years, I’ve become addicted to buying and reading new books (Seriously, Amazon is my BFF. All my people know to buy me books or Amazon gift cards to keep me happy). Being a newbie entrepreneur, I’m particularly drawn to business books or memoirs by successful business people. While I believe I can learn something from anyone, be it male or female, we ladies face different circumstances in the business world, that only other women can really understand. That said, I’ve compiled a list of 12 great books for women in business:
In Leave Your Mark, Aliza Licht shares her secrets on how she harnessed her natural talents plus social media to become the voice of DKNY PR Girl (Sidenote: Sad that the company had since shuttered DKNY PR Girl and wiped her social media presence clean).
Nasty Gal Founder Sophia Amoruso gives behind the scene advice on how she went from clueless to founding a successful company and becoming a legitimate business woman.
Former president of Hearst Magazines advises on how she was able to successfully navigate life and business, at the highest level.
Huffington Post founder, Arianna Huffington advises on harnessing fearlessness to achieve success in business and life.
As far as women in business, I consider Martha Stewart one of the OGs (original gangsters). Before social media and technology made starting a business easy and fashionable, Martha Stewart tells us how she founded her business empire the good old-fashioned way.
Gilt co-founders Maybank and Wilkis-Wilson give readers a first hand account on how they helped co-found one time e-commerce darling Gilt.
This book has to be one of my favorite on the list. In it, Ryckman shows us the power and profitability in building strong women business networks.
Jimmy Choo co-founder Mellon shares her ups and downs in co-founding successful shoe company Jimmy Choo.
An oldie but goodie, DVF shares her behind the scene look at founding her namesake company. She gives us the good, the bad and the ugly. Thankfully, it all has a happy ending.
While A Signature Life was mostly business, The Woman I Wanted to Be is a more personal account of how DVF became the woman she is today.
The Girl’s Guide was one of the first business books I read, years ago, when I was flirting with the idea of starting my own business. It’s packed full of straight forward, practical advice for women looking to start their own businesses.
I know what you’re thinking, “But Jessica, a man wrote this book!” I know, I know, but this book is in my top five greatest reads of all times. I recommend any and everybody looking to do anything remotely worthwhile in life read this book. This book helped give me that helpful nudge I needed to start DSR Apparel. Unfortunately, too often, we as women box ourselves in with small thinking. This book reminds us all in the magic of thinking and acting big. You know what they say – go big or go home.
What books would you recommend for women in business?