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Amy C. Waninger
5.0 out of 5 starsCommunity and accountability
Reviewed in the United States on August 25, 2019
This book is full of practical career advice for anyone struggling to navigate the unwritten rules of corporate America. What makes The Memo unique is that it centers the experience of black women in the workplace. Harts provides community for women of color and holds the rest of us accountable for overlooking, ostracizing, and excluding the most educated demographic in our talent pool. I am grateful for this work, which accomplished so much in its 240 pages.
I started over mid career after a lay off and had to build new relationships, invest in professional development and learn how to play office politics. The tips Minda shares to grow in those areas are exactly what you need to do all along and not when it is critical after a career change or being laid off. As a women of color now seated at a table of influence I am aware that is important to empower someone else to get there. Minda shares her story to let you know you are not alone and make you aware that the challenges for all women in the workforce are not created equal.
5.0 out of 5 starsValuable Practice Strategies and Tools
Reviewed in the United States on August 27, 2019
As a woman of color, it's challenging to find a leadership book that feels like it is speaking directly to your experience. This is the book that puts it all on the line and along the way coaches you to get out of your own way and gives you as Minda would say "the sauce". The strategies, tips, and resources shared in this book are unheard of from professionals as everything feels so secretive and uninviting. Minda is changing the game and challenging all us to level up together. This book shines a light on women of color in the workplace and highlights the many frustrations, unwritten rules, and microaggressions we encounter. It's a validation tool that doesn't allow you to feel sorry for yourself. It challenges you to get out of take action in spite of what you may have encountered. The vulnerability shared is beyond appreciated and helps to create a comfortability in making these experiences widely known and holding people accountable. Thank you Minda for a beautiful tribute and guide and for carving out the most needed attention to the challenge of "leaning in" as a woman of color.
5.0 out of 5 starsExcellent book, and an important read for anyone who considers selves an "ally"
Reviewed in the United States on September 10, 2019
There are real and significant barriers for women of color securing seats at the table in the business world. In a well-written, engaging tone, THE MEMO shares what those factors are and provides advice that provides needed support and resources to help women of color secure those seats. I recommend anyone who wants to be or has ever thought of themselves as an "ally" to read this book too. In the section called “no more passes," Harts addresses issues specifically for readers that might be white, from a place of frustration mixed with compassion, shining a light on hard truths that must be addressed. This book is a must-read.
5.0 out of 5 starsRead Minda’s book - it’s THAT good!
Reviewed in the United States on August 23, 2019
I finished Minda Hart’s book, The Memo, and it’s riveting. It’s time to stop lumping all women as sharing the same work and pay inequities because we don’t. Women of color have even bigger hills to climb. Personal and informative - this is a great read you can’t put down.
5.0 out of 5 starsExcellent and timely read for all women of color!
Reviewed in the United States on August 29, 2019
Great job Minda! And thank you for telling our story in plain language. Reading this book is akin to talking to one of my girlfriends. We’ve had many of these conversations over the years. Now we are sharing this book with our nieces, our friends and our cousins.
Reviewed in the United States on September 12, 2019
Essential reading for every person in business, The Memo is a practical field guide for women of color, and a painfully honest accounting for the rest of us. For those of us who are white: No more passes. It’s time to show up differently for women of color and this book provides the unvarnished insights we shouldn’t have needed - but obviously did. Buy it. Read it. Gift it. Talk about it.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 5, 2019
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
As a white woman I was very curious to read and learn about experiences for women of colour. Thank you Minda for taking the time to write this and through this book you have opened doors for many. Her chapter on Say my name, say my name is amazing and she lists out badass women to get to know and follow. This is a must read for all races and genders.
Minda provides an acute assessment of the workplace for Black and Brown women which particlarly resonated with me. For all of us who have been over performing whilst being on constant alert, Minda outlines a roadmap to reframe and focus our talent. I also appreciated that the book is inclusive and addresses all women