How wonderful to have picked up a book that touches on subjects that I hold close to my heart: women’s success in the workplace, social media, family and relationships, and the entertainment industry. Seriously… all wrapped into one. What’s even more wonderful is that I decided to read it during a very exciting period of change in my life. In the past few months, I’ve been further expanding this blog, changed careers, and became a newlywed… So it was a really great time to dive into this book.
In Our Turn, Kirstine Stewart shares her story on how she walked the path to success to eventually become the VP of Media for Twitter Inc. What’s refreshing is that Stewart reminds her readers that she managed to climb to the top without any particular leads on her side: no celebrity family name to give her the upper hand, no connections, and no cash pay-ins to get to where she is now. Her hard work, motivation, and persistent attitude helped her land all of her executive roles… yes, you heard it here: a successful career all based on merit.
Luckily for us, Stewart put together this inspiring book, outlining the facts, stats, and her perspective on women and minorities in the workplace. How can we succeed? Do we truly know our worth? My female peers often turn to me and ask how realistic of a goal it would be to land an executive spot in their current companies, worried that their chances would be slim due to the male and female employee ratio. This, in turn, becomes the discussion of the evening, where we pour our hearts out on the injustice gender preferences in corporations. But after reading Our Turn, this discussion should no longer take place… I’ll hand my girlfriends a copy because this book will change those discouraging thoughts.