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WorkParty: How to Create & Cultivate the Career of Your Dreams

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  280 ratings  ·  49 reviews
First, we leaned in. Now we stand up.

Jaclyn Johnson—the founder and CEO behind Create & Cultivate, the fastest growing online platform and conference for millennial women in business— offers a rallying cry for a new generation of women who are redefining the meaning of work on their own terms: WorkParty. Women who want it all and more, and guess what? They can have it.
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published August 21st 2018 by Gallery Books
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Katherine D. Morgan
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Can I be frank? READ THIS BOOK INSTEAD OF GIRLBOSS. This book was a lot better than I honestly thought it would be. The cover attracted me first, because it looked cute and fun. I recognized the business and as someone who has always been interested in going to a C&C event, it seemed really interesting. I must say, I’ve never thought about owning my own business, so I didn’t expected much. Some of the business lingo went right over my head, so thank you for the glossary in the back and the d ...more
Melody
Aug 29, 2018 rated it liked it
The good: There is some business advice worth saving in this book, and Jaclyn is smart and inspiring. She also features the stories of some of my favorite women in business. The not-so-good: An overuse of the words “ladies” and “tribe” and so. many. hashtags. There wasn’t enough solid business advice to fill a book, which might explain the random parts of chapters on her past relationships. Overall, I think a series of blog posts on each chapter’s topics would have been more fitting, considering ...more
Meghan
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as an advanced reader's copy due to the popularity business and books on handling stress at work and getting ahead are with our patrons. Jaclyn was very clever, wise, witty, and showed a tremendous amount of personality in her writing while explaining the technicalities and fundamentals of running a successful business. I am familiar with her company Create & Cultivate and many of my friends' companies use the platform a lot. Our patrons are going to love this book and w ...more
Caroline
Mar 23, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Well, it's certainly a better read than #GIRLBOSS, that's for sure. There's a lot more practical advice, for one thing, although I was still left wanting more at times (like the section on salary negotiation, for example). I could have done without the excessive use of terms like "tribe" and "ladies" and, tbh, "WorkParty," since I'm still not entirely sure what it's supposed to mean.

I guess the main takeaways here are:
-be open to opportunity and cultivate a community of like-minded wom
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Emily
Apr 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Well, I hate the title, but the book didn't suck.

Jaclyn Johnson has written an interesting little volume. There is some serious, nitty gritty business information and advice in here- including simplified explanations of legal terms you might find in contracts. That was awesome! At other times, the writing was overly cutesy, and it contained far too many generic illustrations with an encouragement to 'gram them. I was very meh on that aspect.

Definitely some good kernels of advice in here, but tak
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Rachel
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Think of this book as your personal assistant to you creating your business and mentoring you and telling you how to run it in the most straight up way a friend could even tell you.

She has a blogger background so it’s important to remember that her style of writing comes off as a blog style writing rather than an actual book style writing (or what is considered normal for books). But in my opinion THAT’S OKAY! In fact, she makes it clear that she knows that’s how she writes but because of that s
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Jocelin
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love the concept of this book: that you should love your work. I think it offers practical advice about how to take an idea and make it a business. The author is genuine and you relate to her as a real person: she owns her screw-ups, she references her previous salary by giving the exact number, and stresses the importance and value of the help she has received along the way. I’m ready to sign up for a Create & Cultivate conference!
Cate
Feb 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Like some people have said before....skip Girl Boss and read this instead.
Gisela
Feb 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Really good book and I feel like it's a good place to start if you are trying to learn the in's and out's of entrepreneurship! She's relatable and funny and I want to be her friend.

I'm definitely going to keep this book close for whenever I need a little pick me up in the career department.
Megan Prokott
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
An empowering and practical guide to being a female entrepreneur in a media age. Definitely recommend.
Heather
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
LOVED IT! Read the book in one sitting and then went back to re-read in the same weekend. WorkParty feels like talking big career dreams with a girlfriend who really understands the hustle and sacrifice it takes to work hard at something you're really passionate about. The book never feels like preaching advice and yet it's still packed with so many great lessons and advice from women I am already obsessed with. I'd recommend to all of my girlfriends since we're all just trying to figure it out ...more
Victoria Colotta
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My Highly Caffeinated Thought: Smart, empowering, and practical. The business book to help make your dream a career.

This book! I will be honest with you all, I L-O-V-E Create & Cultivate. As a creative person and a woman business owner, this site is where I go for ideas, inspiration, and advice. So, it is only natural I would want to read Jacklyn’s book. However, what I didn’t expect was the level of usefulness it would contain.

Not only does Johnson provide lessons from her own life, but th
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Lisa
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an advanced uncorrected paperback proof copy of WorkParty: How to Create & Cultivate the Career of Your Dreams by Jaclyn Johnson through the Goodreads Giveaway program.


Below is my honest, unbiased review of WorkParty: How to Create & Cultivate the Career of Your Dreams by Jaclyn Johnson.


WorkParty: How to Create & Cultivate the Career of Your Dreams by Jaclyn Johnson is geared towards millennial women who want to start their own business. This book is part memoir and part
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Candi
Though I had to get passed the frequent use of the word "hashtag", I actually enjoyed the book. She gives great advice to prospective entrepreneurial women. I've often debated about starting my own business. I think she gives great insight and key things to remember. I also appreciate the fact she touches upon the subject of how women are often treated within our industry. We have to stick together as women and show how much we deserve to be here just as any other man. We are capable of running ...more
Rhita
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019challenge
This book is so inspiring. I went to my first Create and Cultivate event in 2018 and I had a blast! I went alone and had no idea what to expect. At the end I had a great time, came out with a ton of SWAG, met one of my favorite Youtuber! Met Venus Williams (not one on one - but she was there! and they had an interview with her! and she is so tall! lol), found out about brands and influencers I had never heard of, and got all glammed up for free! It was fantastic. Anywho Jaclyn was there (duh she ...more
Patrycja
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I won this book through GoodReads Giveaway.

It is a little bit of memoir and a little bit of business advice book. The author and creator of Create& Cultivate online platform, shares her experience, ups and downs of her business. She talks how she got to where she is now. What obstacles she encountered and how she moved forward even though she thought she hit the bottom.
This book meant to inspire and motivate, to go out and just do it.

This is rather book dedicated to all female entrepreneur
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Joyce Wheeler
Jul 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I received a ARC from Edelweiss Of Work Party: How to Create Cultivate the Career of Your Dreams, so this will be a fair and honest review. Before reading this book I had actually never heard of Jaclyn's company CreateCultivate so I wasn't sure what to expect, though I do love any book that can help me along my journey to become a better me. While there were some kernels of knowledge to bestow unless you are actually planning to run a business the advice is pretty limited. However, it is great t ...more
Becky
Jul 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Without aspirations of starting my own business, but always on board with girl power-y messages about breaking through glass ceilings, I was cautiously interested in reading this book. I was initially pretty turned off by all the buzzwordiness of it all. Everything felt like a catch-phrase or slogan and I wasn’t ready to care about Johnson and her journey, since I am not coming at this book with a previously established interest in her or her company. Fortunately, this book is a very light read, ...more
Natalie Casper
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m biased for many reasons. I’ve followed C&C since its inception, been obsessed with its growth and 100% fangirled as an attendee at the Chicago conference in 2018. I left my career in LA to start over in Chicago and stumbled into the world of event production, retail and influencer marketing, and now it’s what I want to do for the rest of my life. So, this book holds a special place for me, reading about all of the female business owners who are thriving in this industry. It won’t be for ...more
Traci at The Stacks
Surprised that I liked this one. The tone/voice is corny and takes some getting used to, but some of the advice is really good. Some of it is a little cliched, but a lot is rephrased and accessible for younger women in business. Also, it felt like a good time personally/professionally to pick up this book. For women entrepreneurs this is good easy read that can refocus your energy on your work and goals. Worth noting the book does feel very White and is very focused on female in general and not ...more
Erica
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Mostly a memoir with some solid business advice. The first chapter or two worried me as i have read tons of career books for women and most are crap and filled with advice like "Drink lemon water and think positively" in lieu of decent info. The authors hashtag speak made me roll my eyes and think this book was another one of those.....but she surprised me. Solid business and life advice and while most of this applies to young women just starting out I enjoyed the book more than i thought i woul ...more
Mike He
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
An excellent, all-inclusive self-help memoir written specifically for ambitious, mindful female entrepreneurs, and good for their male counterparts as well. Author Jaclyn Johnson has learned all the ropes and accumulated along the way valuable, trial-and-error experiences, tips and tricks to share about how to start, survive and thrive in a start-up environment. Worth spending time to get business and career savvy, too.
Michelle Mullen
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really love Jaclyn Johnson and her Create & Cultivate brand. The book was interesting and I learned so much about her and the start of her company. It is a great book if you are trying ti start up a brand or business. I really loved that she spoke a lot about money and how we should all feel more comfortable discussing pay in the workplace. It is a book you can reference at any point in your career.
Emily Kent
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was good, there were parts that I found really interesting. I did feel like this was the typical inspirational business book. I felt like I've read this book before, it was really good but it wasn't anything new or different from other books by women in business. It didn't stand out to me but that's really the biggest issue I had. I liked learning more about Create and Cultivate and its start. I was a good book overall!
Jenifer
Jun 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Overall the book was just ok. There was too much self promotion and self congratulations for my taste but I guess that makes sense for an author who is all about self promotion. Some parts of the book doesn't really carry over well to those in non creative roles, and as someone who worked way too hard for employers who didn't appreciate them I truly resented her advice to hire people who would work their tail off for Your dream.
Stefi
Jun 06, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked this book, don’t get me wrong. It read like a novel and her story was fascinating. How someone so young could go through so much and land up on top is inspiring. I just didn’t get too many “ah-ha” moments from this one. A lot of common sense items . But again, I may be the wrong demo, if I was a 20-somethinger who was lost in my life, this would definitely be something I’d gravitate towards.
Rosa Elena Burgos
Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a good motivational read. The author discusses her struggles in building her first business and the failures that came with it. Throughout the book, Create & Cultivate grew, and so did her skills as an entrepreneur. This is the perfect read for millennial women on building a brand and empowering others to do so.
Christy
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways-2018
Jaclyn is a true inspiration! Something I've really been wanting to do is start my own business, but I've been at a loss where to begin. This is definitely a must-read for women that are trying to break through their ideas and turn them into something real.
Amanda Porter
Nov 08, 2018 rated it liked it
This was overall a good book. I thought the chapter about #metoo was not necessary and this wasn't the venue for that particular discussion, as it didn't really fit the mantra of the book. However, was informative and a quick read.

Jessica Johnson
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If your a women in business this is a MUST read!!!! It’s a personal guide by Jaclyn and I cannot recommend it enough!! So glad this will be available to all of ya girl bosses and inspiring career women!
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