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Own It: The Power of Women at Work

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  786 ratings  ·  109 reviews
Picking up the women and success conversation where Sheryl Sandberg left off, Krawcheck shows women how to take their careers to the next playing by a new set of rules that build on their natural strengths.
So much career advice for women addresses how to succeed in the static business world of yesterday and today. But that world, says former Wall Street powe
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Mar 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
Received this as a gift and have not been able to make myself crack the cover. (So I guess it's a DNS - did not start.)

The cover says, "THE POWER OF WOMEN AT WORK" (caps its.) Yet this photo is one of the least powerful portraits of a businesswoman I've ever seen. She is *incredibly* vulnerably portrayed:

Her arms, calves and knees are bare. (If she's got hose on, it's nude-sheer invisible.) Her neck and most of her shoulders are naked, and her top is cut fairly low. She is not wearing a
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Of all the self-help business books related to women, this one spoke to me the most.

We (men and women) hear that women don't make the same amount as far as cents on the dollar. She brought to light what that looked like over a work lifetime when we get to retirement. $1.1 million. Wow! Money speaks and now I am listening.

She didn't berate men at all. Mostly the book is about the tools we already have as women and how to actually use them.

I recommend this book for all mom and fathers. Well pretty
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! There is really no reason why it took me so long to read this book. I got it as a part of a “frequent readers group”, but I can’t even remember the name of the organization now. I really like to read and review without bias, so maybe that’s why I wasn’t super excited about reading it . . . BUT, it was great! It was right up my alley and ended at the MOST appropriate time in my life of starting a new business. It will definitely be a reference book and one I will refer to other young women o ...more
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Love her positive attitude that it is the best time ever to be a woman and that things will only get better- I hope that is true! And love her recommendations: Increase women and diversity in the work place and your business will be more successful! Respect work life balance and mean it! Provide leave and flexibility without shame! Let people be themselves and voice opinions! Treat your employees like people! And ladies, speak up for yourself and don't be afraid to invest. Sallie gets it.
May 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hardly ever write reviews so here goes:

If you are a woman, work with women, live with women, have women in your this book.

Sallie Krawcheck succinctly shares how women can leverage their strengths in their workplace and she does it in a very matter-of-fact manner. No high falutin' ethereal stuff here, folks. Just the real deal.

Realizing that The Sallie Krawcheck went through many of the same experiences that I have throughout my career was a surprise and a comfort. More importantly,
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
I've met Sallie. She is incredible.
But meh on the book? Women are statistically better at these things - so 'own it' and be good at what you're good at. Risk, relationships, complex decision making. I did enjoy the idea that men think women are indecisive when really they are able to hold more complex cues in their head at once and make a more robust decision - which requires time.

Was it better than lean in? I'm not sure. I loved lean in when I read it but now? who knows. I kinda expected Sallie
Aug 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Better than average "how to succeed in business" book, told from the perspective of someone who witnessed the financial meltdown first hand. The advice is nothing new, and it was a little too obviously an advertisement for her new businesses for my taste, but the personal stories from inside the executive suites at the biggest players in the financial services industry make it worthwhile.
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked her take on financial proficiency being the next evolution of feminism. Example: The gender pay gap is one thing, but the investment gap is even worse — ultimately leading to millions of dollars less in retirement for women than men. Naturally, her company Ellevest offers a solution, but the takeaway is that the more women understand their finances, and ask questions, the more economic power women will have. And since we all know money talks, economic power in the hands of women could le ...more
Vikki Herrett
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Altho the most of this book doesn't relate me my personnel life. It was still an enjoyable read with lessons to learn. Good steady page turner
Bianca Borandă
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, it's a really quick read, but laden with candid stories that Sallie experienced during her career. She also adds 1-2 jokes per chapter which makes it more enjoyable and easier in grasping the main message of the book. Overall, I'd recommend this to any woman who's in a corporate career. It should take max 2 weeks to read, too.
Jul 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
So far, I have only been able to read the prologue and first chapter - since it will not be released until January of 2017. Here are my opinions thus far:

I simply love the personal voice. It is creative to have some text in a separate color and aspects of her personal opinions in parentheses. It makes the book more enjoyable to read - at least for me who doesn't usually pick up a nonfiction or self help book.

I love how she begins by introducing the importance of diversity in the work force and
Nancy Freund
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So often a book cover is a mismatch for the content, and I hoped that might be the case here. Super sexy high heels, slinky red dress, naked arms, provocative pose up on a ladder did not bode well for substance. But of course it gets a potential reader's attention, and no doubt book sales. Having now made my way through the book, I'd say the cover fits.
The book is very much a sales pitch for the Ellevate network and the Ellevest digital investment advisorship platform, empowering women in financ
Kathakali Majumdar
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book a lot. Krawcheck's matter-of-fact approach to work and life coupled with her inherent optimism, drive, passion and emotional resilience makes her a Role Model to emulate and a woman you can easily relate to. Having operated at the top echelons of Wall Street and witnessed first hand the workings of the Big Boys' club, this is a woman who is not afraid to take the bull by its horns. The stress on taking control of our financial muscle and the need to do so backed by relev ...more
Samantha Nowatzke
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Highlights: be in control of your finances, your perceived weaknesses may actually be your strengths, & relationships matter. What I appreciated most about this book is that it felt genuine and it wasn't one where the author acted like it was an accident she got to where she was nor a tale of being in all the right places at all the right times. She has climbed and fallen off the career ladder more than once so it's much easier to relate to & be inspired by this book that many women-written stor ...more
Heather Berkowitz
Nov 12, 2016 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the personal stories - here's how I did it, here's what I should have done, here's what you can do. This was easy to read and approachable without being too preachy. That said, I think I thought this was going to be something different than it was, so I was a little surprised when I started reading it.
Sep 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Couldn't finish it. Too much fluff, not enough substance. Too much ego, not enough teaching.
Feb 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Krawcheck is CEO & Co-founder of Ellevest, digital investment platform for women and Owner of Ellevate Network which was 85 Broads.

Some people think having similar thinkers is good and they increase their trust in these persons. This actually causes less checking and more blind agreement which leads to more errors. We should celebrate the naysayers to better vet ideas! Spend time looking for “what if’s” and conduct post mortems to improve future endeavors. We must remain risk aware, ie. working
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’ve seen Ellevest advertisements around the city and my initial thought was, “This is so dumb. Why would women need a separate investment platform branded with pastel colors for our delicate eyes.” Then I went to an event featuring Sallie Krawcheck. While I thought her company was patronizing, I was open to hearing what she had to say. After all, she is a very successful woman with tons of experience in the financial industry.

Her talk was basically a summary of this book. She went over a few p
Jennifer Sims
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't really expecting to like this book, but it surprised me. I'm generally not a non-fiction fan, but I'm trying to read more books in that genre. I like that Sallie makes a lot of really great points and has some amazing advice but never sounds preachy like most other books like this one. She has a great personality throughout the book. I love that she doesn’t just say that women are a major part of the workforce. She backs up all of her points with research and shows why more women need t ...more
“most of the people working in finance were not cartoon-character evil. (In all my years on Wall Street, I never witnessed a crime among them.) But they were people who had worked together for years, went to the same universities, sent their kids to the same schools, attended the same training programs, dined at the same restaurants, got promoted together, vacationed together, played tennis together, drank together and sat on charitable boards together.

So my conclusion: The economy was felled no
Monica Yanda
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Picking up this book as part of my consumer research around Krawcheck's female-focused investment platform, Ellevest, I was gratified to find the read both heartwarming and inspiring in addition to being informative. The anecdotes from her time spent on Wall Street are accessible, at times even humorous, and really left me wanting more of that behind-the-scenes look into the ultimate boys club. Krawcheck's financial and career advice is spot on and a welcome reminder that women have an innate sk ...more
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have had this book on my shelf, signed by Sallie Krawcheck (she called me *the best*!!!!), for two years and I only just got to it yesterday. Sigh. Sometimes, you have to wait for the right moment in life; now was mine. I’m an ardent disciple of the gospel of Lean In, but this is a great supplement. I love that Krawcheck talks about her failures, the times she’s quit or been fired—that made me feel so much better about having to quit my job 2.5 years ago because it was an abusive situation. I’ ...more
Kelly Flynn
Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I got a lot out of this book. I highlighted a lot of things in the book and plan to revisit my highlights to make sure I maximize the takeaways. As a woman who works in the same industry Sally did and has held some similar positions, her experiences resonated. My only criticisms are that the book is a bit wordy (noticed several times 2 consecutive sentences made the same point, but just worded it differently); that the author sometimes strikes a self serving tone when, for example, talking about ...more
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hello-spring
Own It: The Power of Women at Work shows us all that getting to the top is no easy job, it takes determination, resilience and hard work, but getting at senior levels of Wall Street, holding up top jobs at some of the biggest financial firms IS POSSIBLE!
You don't have to "change" or to "act like a man" to make it, but you have to be smart. Change is real and it's coming fast. It's time to own it!

Powerful, straightforward; Own It: The Power of Women at Work by Sallie Krawcheck is one of those bo
Feb 13, 2017 rated it liked it
This is part memoir, part advice, part infomercial for her latest venture. I liked her plain and sometimes flippant writing style. Her description of women's risk awareness, backed up with research, is excellent, and demonstrates why diverse voices need to be present during business decision making. In the networking chapter, she reminds women not to conflate networking with making friends - make "loose connections." I recommend this book to peeps in all levels of management to help each reader ...more
Emily Cornell
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sallie's book is, in a word, powerful. I started it on the plane ride home from an Ellevate chapter leaders roundtable and finished it between EWR and MSP. She writes in a conversational and approachable tone but doesn't shy away from digging deep on a challenging topic. The book is well-researched and amply footnoted (no surprise from an author who spent part of her career in research). It's a great intro for those of us who are looking to #takebackfeminism and a great refresher for those of us ...more
Deedi Brown (DeediReads)
Rating: 4/5

I picked up this book because I'd heard about Ellevest, Sallie Krawcheck's entrepreneurial venture. It's an investment platform by and for women, with a unique, proprietary algorithm that tailors to women's unique salary curve and expected lifespan. I wanted to learn more about the company, and I wanted to learn more about her. I was not disappointed!

I've read many "women in business" types of books, and for the first few chapters, this one felt a little bit cheesy. It was a little to
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biographies
Sallie Krawcheck makes ' Owning It ' very simple and doable as she breaks down the rules that every woman should follow at work , into very well organized stories :) She talks about her stories of battle, defeat,acceptance and triumph during her three decades of career.She would make you want to get up from your seat and start challenging that , whatever caused the procrastination in your line of work .A definite leader , her charismatic approach to ' issues of work' would make your feel very 'i ...more
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
The book contained a lot of advice you might already have learned if you are a seasoned professional, but the statistics she cited backing up what you may have suspected kept it fresh. Her honesty and her personal anecdotes kept it real. I would recommend it for any young person starting out, as well as to anyone with entrepreneurial dreams. It would help if white males read this book as unconscious bias is typically something you don't realize you have until either someone points it out to you ...more
Apr 08, 2020 rated it liked it
I had the impression that I'm reading about the same thing over and over.
Quite boring and repetitive. There was only one chapter I liked called "the best career advice no one is talking about". It's only 226 pages but it feels like forever. Since pretty much the entire book is about the same thing, it could have like half of the number of pages and you wouldn't be missing out much.
I regret not counting how many times the author evoked her company name - Ellevest. It appeared like this book has b
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SALLIE KRAWCHECK is the Co-founder and CEO of Ellevest, an innovative digital investment platform designed to help women reach their financial goals. She is also Chair of Ellevate Network, a professional networking community whose mission is to advance women in business, and the Chair of the Pax Ellevate Global Women’s Index Fund. She is one of the highest ranked women ever to have worked on Wall ...more

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