Recommended Reading

Lenehan, Pamela F. My Mother, My Mentor: What Grown Children of Working Mothers Want You to Know , Archway Publishing 2015. “This book will give working mothers the confidence that they can pursue a career while raising healthy, successful children. In My Mother, My Mentor: What Grown Children of Working Mothers Want You to Know, author Pamela F. Lenehan combines stories and research on children of working mothers. Using interviews and an independent survey, Lenehan delves into the recollections of the mothers and now grown children to understand what worked well and what issues working mothers need to consider. These narratives also illustrate what the mothers and children thought about the best ways to spend their time together.”


Sandberg, Sheryl. Lean In For Graduates. Knopf 2014. “Expanded and updated exclusively for graduates just entering the workforce, this extraordinary edition of Lean In includes a letter to graduates from Sheryl Sandberg and six additional chapters from experts offering advice on finding and getting the most out of a first job; résumé writing; best interviewing practices; negotiating your salary; listening to your inner voice; owning who you are; and leaning in for millennial men.”

Baber, Anne, Waymon, Lynne. Make Your Contacts Count: Networking Know-How for Business and Career Success. Amacon. 2nd Ed. 2007. “Packed with valuable tools, “Make Your Contacts Count” is a practical, step-by-step guide for creating, cultivating, and capitalizing on networking relationships and opportunities. Readers will discover how to cultivate current contacts, draft a networking plan, avoid the top ten networking turn-offs, and much more.”

Darling, Diane. The Networking Survival Guide, Second Edition: Practical Advice to Help You Gain Confidence, Approach People, and Get the Success You WantMcGraw-Hill Education; 2 edition (April 26, 2010).

Milinaire, Caterine and Troy Carol. Cheap Chic: Hundreds of money saving hints to create your own look. Three River 2015. Originally published in 1975, Milinaire and Troy, both renowned photographers explain how to look good while, find a style that fits you, all while on a tight budget. Milinaire will be speaking at the Newport Public Library on Nov. 5th at 6PM offering “an evening of fashion tips and advice”, according to a press release from the Women’s Resource Center, a beneficiary of the proceeds from books purchased that evening. Also available on for those who can’t make it.

Melnick, Sharon. Success Under Stress: Powerful Tools for Staying Calm, Confident, and Productive When the Pressure’s On. Amacon. 2012. Great advice for all of us. Sharon spoke at a recent AWE conference and was just amazing! 

Solovik, Susan. It’s Your Biz: The Complete Guide to Becoming Your Own Boss. Amacon. 2011. Susan is a national speaker who blogs for Huffington Post, contributes to Money Matters and many more media outlets. A great book to get you started.

Kaplan Thaler, Linda and Koval, Robin. Grit To Great. Crown Business. 2015. Print. Linda and Robin created a well-known NYC advertising firm responsible for the Aflac Duck, Herbal Essences’s Yes! Yes! Yes! campaign and the Toys are Us jingle. The book is full of tips and practical advice for any age. An easy read filled with real stories of amazing people who started out ‘ordinary’. Linda spoke at a recent Advancing Women’s Excellence (AWE) conference and her insight and practical nature was inspiring to all. Take the How Gritty Are You? quizz and read the book!

Gallo, Carmine.  The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs. How to Be Insanely Great in Front of Any Audience.  McGraw-Hill. 2010. Print.  (I’m really enjoying this and finding some of these tips can be used for other purposes.)

Sarcen, Don.  SELLING: It’s Personal – 49 TIPS to OUTSELL the COMPETITION. Bristol: Bristol Harbor Publishing. 2013. Print.  National Sales Expert, creator of “The People Proposition Process”.  Learn how to connect, communicate and collaborate in business and I life. I have worked w/Don for many years through the RI SBDC and his no-nonsense approach to selling is a must-read for all of us! Available at

Claypoole, Ted and Payton, Theresa. Protecting Your Internet Identity Are you Naked Online?  Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. 2012. Print.  I read this book w/laptop nearby and kept checking my virtual self out online, changing things, re-doing all my passwords, deleting information (although you’ll find out that its never actually completely, totally deleted), updating platforms and generally trying not to drive myself crazy with all the sites that appeared w/my name in it.  And much of it, I didn’t put out there but former colleagues, employers, associations, government sites and such.  However, it shows you how to take control, write a plan (that’s me!) and do the best to maintain a clean, well thought out presence.

Hedges, KristiThe Power of Presence AMACOM. November 18, 2011. Print.

Booher, Dianna. Creating Personal Presence: Look, Talk, Think and Act Like a Leader. Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 1 edition. October 3, 2011. Print.

Bates, Suzanne.  Speak Like a CEO: Secrets for Commanding Attention and Getting Results.  McGraw-Hill. 1 edition. March 31, 2005. Print.

Cadoux Hirshberg, Meg. For Better or For Work: A Survival Guide for Entrepreneurs and Their Families.   An Inc. Original. March 5, 2012. Print. . 03/12/2014.  Meg is the wife of Gary Hirshberg, founder of Stoneyfield Yogurt. She married the business when she married Gary…read her story and lessons learned.  Available at