Recommended Reading

The following books are recommended by Vicki Wright Hamilton.

Giving Girls Role Models in STEM

STEM Gems Book STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics – is important to our country's global leadership. Not only does STEM offer the opportunity to engage in exciting realms of innovation and discovery, STEM jobs earn 33% more than non-STEM jobs! The Gender Gap in STEM  Historically, women have been severely underrepresented in STEM. Women earned 57% of bachelor's degrees in all fields in 2011, but only 18% in the computer sciences, 19% in engineering, and 19% in physics.* Women make up 47% of the U.S. workforce, but make up dismal percentages in STEM fields. For example, 16% of chemical engineers are women, 12% of civil engineers are women, and 7% of mechanical engineers are women.* We need to close the gender gap in STEM. This book is a critical step. Buy the book

Organizational Optimization

Understanding Why Lay-Offs Happen eBook by Vicki Wright Hamilton How many people do you know that have been affected by a company reorganization and found themselves out of a job? Perhaps this has happened to you. You find yourself asking many questions: What did I do wrong? Why me? I always got great performance ratings. How am I going to make it? I haven’t interviewed or looked for a job in ages, as I was loyal to this company. Yes, these are the thoughts that often arise when we are faced with the thought of losing our jobs and being jeered out of our comfort zones. Download Organizational Optimization HERE

The Confidence Effect

Every Woman’s Guide to the Attitude That Attracts Success  Women now hold nearly 52 percent of professional-level jobs across all fields and outnumber men in earning college degrees, both undergraduate and advanced, as national statistics and numerous studies attest. In the top circles of leadership, however, women are rarely seen and heard. Among America’s Fortune 500 companies, based on figures released in 2015, women claim about 25 percent of senior management positions and comprise less than 5 percent of CEOs. What can the majority of undeniably qualified and extremely diligent women do to close the persistent gender power gap? A veteran of corporate America who beat the odds to achieve executive status with two media giants, Grace Killelea tells women striving for success: “You must be good at what you do. You must exceed expectations. But competence is only half the equation.” She focuses on helping women develop the other...

CLIMB: Leading Women In Technology Share Their Journeys To Success

With great warmth and wisdom, Climb delivers compelling stories of women at different career stages succeeding in the technology business community. Powerful, personal and poignant essays depict the varied roads traveled and challenges met by these insightful leaders from an industry where few women venture. Learn why they are passionate about technology careers. Share in their rich experiences. Garner valuable advice to incorporate in your own leadership efforts. From young girls building robots, to a software engineer, to a high-tech lawyer, to a CEO, these stories of women in the South will appeal to readers at various points in their professional lives. They convey the heart and soul of leadership for the next generation. Buy The Book

50 Essential Tips To Getting & Keeping The “Right” Job

By: Stacey Young Rivers 50 Essential Tips To Getting & Keeping The "Right" Job is a compilation of simple ideas for effectively managing your career. Today, employees want to work in an engaging environment with opportunities for growth and advancement. Deciphering how to get there can be challenging, and this book removes the guesswork by providing practical steps for the job you want, and sound advice for keeping the one you have. Buy the Book

The Forbidden Secrets of the Goody Box by Valerie J. Lewis Coleman

Successful. Beautiful. Intelligent. Yet a satisfying relationship eludes Debra Hampton. At thirty-five years old, she can’t figure out why her philosophy on men—and what they want from women—isn’t working. She’s trapped in a cycle of shattered relationships, until a friend refers her to a relationship guru. After some resistance, Debra finds refuge in the counsel of a relationship expert as he helps her navigate through the storms of rejection and failed love. Once he reveals the error of her ways, will Debra master the forbidden secrets to attract her soul mate or continue to keep love at bay? Buy The Book

Lean In

In Lean In, Sandberg digs deep into the lives and choices of working women.  She recounts her own decision, mistakes, and daily struggles to make the right choices for herself, her career, and her family.  She provides practical advice on negotiation techniques, mentorship, and building a satisfying career, urging women to set boundaries and to abandon the myth of "having it all."  She describes specific steps women can take to combine professional achievement with personal fulfillment and demonstrates how men can benefit by supporting women in the workplace and at home. Lean In is destined to change the conversation from what women can't do to what they can. Buy the Book


LANDED!, Randy Hain’s fourth book, offers today’s job seekers proven strategies and practical ideas gleaned from his 25+ years of recruiting, executive search and senior leadership experience along with the candid insights of real candidates in transition, hiring managers and other experts in the workplace who also share their experiences and thoughts. The result is a book filled with proven approaches to help job seekers of any age or experience level quickly get on the right path towards landing a new position. LANDED! is a combination of candor, practical ideas, proven strategies and insights gleaned from professionals who have seen all sides of a job search. No matter where you are in your career or even if you have not yet joined the workforce, you will find tremendous value in LANDED! as you consider how to navigate to the next job on your journey. Link to Amazon Kindle version Link...

Dare: Straight Talk on Confidence, Courage, and Career for Women in Charge by Becky Blalock

Dare provides women with a realistic vision of what it takes to achieve success in their professional lives. It shares wisdom, inspiration, and most of all real-life examples from some of the best female role models in the business world. My career journey began at the very bottom and with a degree from a wonderful, but not well-known, institution. I also spent quite a few years "stuck" in middle management. In other words, I've experienced many of the same setbacks and circumstances facing most women working today, and my advice reflects that. Buy The Book

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