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The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table

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Lean In for women of color: A no-BS look at the odds stacked against women of color in professional settings, from the wage gap to biases and micro-aggressions, with actionable takeaways


The Memo is the much-needed career advice guide for women of color specifically, finally ending the one-size-fits-all approach of business books that lump together women across races and
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published August 20th 2019 by Seal Press
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Jenifer
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Memo is a timely tome about black woman in the workplace. A must read for college grads and new hires...and old heads. Black and Brown women: prepare yourselves - the 'amens' will be rolling off your tongue.
Garry Turner
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Punchy, inspiring, necessary, career-playbook, gritty, thought-provoking - these are the types of words that came up for me as I read this awesome book by Minda Harts.

Minda walks the reader, with the key target audience being women of colour, through her own personal journey towards gaining her seat.

Some of the most remarkable and inspiring realisations of her writing and journey for me personally, however, were that Minda is calling out directly the office politics, socialised BS, cliques and
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Naitasia
Now, you know who truly needs to read this...and not just chapter 8...

I will be referring to this throughout my career. I may toss the rest of my professional development books, except I don’t like the idea of throwing away books. However, unlike other career development books, I can use this one in whole instead of having to carve out bits & pieces and chop up some mosaic of advice that maybe I can apply to how my life actually works.
La'Tonya Rease Miles
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
There's a popular and apparently award-winning episode of Black Mirror where a white woman finds herself trapped in a Star Trek-like situation. The ship is ruled by an exceptionally obnoxious straight white male captain. Long story short, the episode ends with the heroine having overthrown the male lead (and, hence, patriarchy) and ends with her sitting in his chair while the rest of the cast flanks her on all sides. People LOVE this episode, pointing to it as evidence of female empowerment and ...more
Bookworm
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Had read 'Lean In' and so was intrigued by the framing that this was a 'Lean In' except for women of color. I remember reading 'Lean In' and not really understanding a lot of the hype around the book. It seemed like it wasn't saying anything new and was specifically aimed for a particular audience.

Harts takes us through her story and career as a woman of color and what she has dealt with: racism, micro-aggression, white privilege, sexism and misogyny from white women, etc. She also talks about
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Lacie
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm giving this 5 stars because this was a book that really needed to be written and a voice that needs to be heard! As a white woman, there were a lot of things in this book that stung pretty bad and quite a few generalizations BUT it needs to be said. It's important to acknowledge and understand that journeys are different. I will never truly understand but I want to come as close as I can and I want to support the mission in actionable ways!

The book mentioned how white women don't physically
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(a)lyss(a)
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My rating of this book is certainly not a critique of Minda Harts or the book's intentions.

I love the purpose of this book. I love that it highlights the struggles of women of color, particularly Black women. A book like this is very much needed in the world.

But for me personally this book wasn't what I needed it to be and that's okay. This book speaks to women who are starting out there careers and women in leadership positions, but for someone like me who is in the in-between there's a lot
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Beverly Davis
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a major source to help Black women in corporate positions overcome inferiority in "white" spaces. A great tool to start deliberately engaging an oppressor's attitude as well as your own. There are so many real, viable strategies presented in the book that are fundamental to navigating the corporate world whether local, national or global. Minda Harts does an excellent job connecting the dots between what Black women experience in the workplace, and what Black women expect, and ...more
AScarpa
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is essential reading. Although it is aimed at women of color, there is good advice in the book for everyone. As a male Caucasian, I was hurt by some of what I read but mostly because it was true. It is important not to get defensive but instead, understand how each of our passed actions or inactions have contributed to this situation; This does not only apply to white males. The part about Corporate America being disloyal is true for everyone but obviously more so for woman. And even more ...more
Karen Catlin
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Even though this product is clearly aimed at women of color who want to grow their careers, I (a white woman) decided to read it to better understand the challenges faced by this demographic. And to identify ways I can be a better ally. Well, Minda delivered. I listened to the audible version; hearing Minda share her personal experiences and advice was helpful, entertaining, and memorable. I highly recommend "The Memo" to everyone. -- Karen Catlin, author "Better Allies: Everyday Actions to ...more
Erica
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
If you are a Christian who wants advice on navigating business, networking, office politics - you might like this book. It has basic advice in a friendly tone wrapped in anecdotes and references to Christian theology. Kudos for including an index - often missing in popular business advice books.

While this book is targeted to women of color, I think the advice would be useful to a larger audience as well.
Charmaine Harrison Franklin
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Does Minda know me and my professional life? This book details what it’s like as a black (or brown) employee in the workplace. It’s an honestly candid read. Witty references to hip-hop / pop culture make it fun and even more relatable. If you’re a person of color, an ally for people of color, a person in power or authority in the workplace: READ THIS BOOK ASAP!
Talja Parkinson
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book

Finally a book that is so relatable even from across the 'pond'. Its not only great at giving that feeling of 'its not just me' but is packed full of helpful tips and practical ways to work through the issues we face every single day
Caroline Hamilton
Good and informative information

This book has a lot of good advice for everyone pertaining to their career. Minda does a good job explaining what the workplace is like for black and brown women. This was a good read!!!
Jennifer
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book I knew I needed and so glad I found. I have been looking for a book for a while now that is geared to women of color in the workplace and this did not disappoint. Thank you Minda for writing this book.
Sheena
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing Book and Read!

I honestly needed this book 10 years ago when I first started my career! Thank you so much!
Leslie
Oct 07, 2019 added it
Review to be published at New York Journal of Books.
Suzanne
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This truly is "Lean In" for women of colour and is much needed for young women to help them navigate and thrive in the world of work.
Nekquai
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great read! This is a book that all women of color need to read.
Holly B
Sep 30, 2019 rated it liked it
It was short, but not as informative as I thought. In 89 pages, I got maybe 5 tips. The rest of it was her story and her experience with on the job racism.
Marlie
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The author shared many stories that I can connect with and that will help shape the way I approach problem-solving
Tamara
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was very helpful and relevant. I am going to purchase this book and use some of the advice that Minda Hart’s has recommended.
John McPherson
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read I plan to read it again
Rhonda Gordon
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Some of the advice was strictly for entrepreneurs (not me), but I was still able to get so much out of it. Especially re: the art of negotiation and realizing when it's time to move on.
Cece Harbor
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Minda explores a topic that is overdue for discussion in the workplace. This book is excellent for women starting in their careers or looking to take their mid-level careers to the next level.
Tiffany Roper
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If I could give this book more than five stars, I would! As a 28-year-old woman of color who is currently still trying to pave my career path, this book could not have come at a better time! I absolutely LOVE the cultural references and excellent advice on how to “secure your seat at the table.” Reading Minda Harts’ experiences in her journey to secure her seat has also helped me understand that I am not alone. I can only wish this book had been available to me as a young adult in high school ...more
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