I am currently in the completion stages of a non-fiction book on the topic of women in the workplace:
Our stories and experiences of struggle and resilience, the changing roles and empowerment of women at work, and the ways in which we can influence the conversation and evolve the paradigm to be more inclusive, progressive, healthy and safe.
The book, with the working title of Shift, is one part humorous and poignant memoir, and one part investigative journalism demanding the attention of the reader to personally examine and participate in our emerging dialogue.
Beginning as a chronicle of my own job search amidst a career change later in life, Shift follows my epic trek with all its many twists and turns. Recounting my personal stories over a ten year span of time, the book began as a memoir then grew into itself by including the stories of other women experiencing similar journeys.
Taking yet another leap, the manuscript evolved further as it intersected with new revelations from the #MeToo Movement and other emerging voices of women fighting to change how we experience the workplace. As a consciousness began to expand across all industries, more and more came to the surface and integrated into the dialogue, begging to be heard.
Nearly fully formed, Shift is a social commentary on women’s collective struggle and quest for inclusion, acceptance, safety and a long overdue paradigm shift for workers and employers alike. I closely examine the job market and job seeking experience for older women – from how our resumes are received, how we are interviewed, hired and paid – and the many obstacles to success placed in our paths, exposing the fractured nature of the American workplace culture.
Also included in the book are:
- Interviews with prominent women entrepreneurs and women forging their own definitions of success
- Groundbreaking turns in the tide for women and the unsung heroes that advanced them
- Advice for job seekers
- Practical and inspiring guidelines for employers and management teams
At turns surprising, humorous and scholarly, my intention in writing Shift is to educate and enlighten readers to a system fraught with disincentives and outdated, unsubstantiated biases while nudging us to consider the parts we play in perpetuating an untenable, undesirable and antiquated model. My hope is that the book will entertain and illuminate and that it will support and encourage an evolution that creates a better space for everyone everywhere in every kind of workplace.
Please enjoy two excerpts from the links provided below or from the drop-down menu.