#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

#GIRLBOSS - Sophia Amoruso A quick read, “#GIRLBOSS” aims to inspire by sharing lessons of Sophia Amoruso’s meteoric rise from anarchist “freegan” wanderer to founding CEO of the Nasty Gal clothing company. “In the same way that for the past seven years people have projected themselves into the looks I’ve sold through Nasty Gal, I want you to be able to use #GIRLBOSS to project yourself into an awesome life where you can do whatever you want,” she writes.

This leap from identifying with an outfit to creating a life is not as ridiculous as it sounds. Amoruso built a multimillion-dollar retail company from a humble Ebay store, so she’s likely to have a helpful tip or two for would-be moguls. In fact, for its target reader (who I imagine is a 20-something woman with a penchant for Nasty Gal vegan leather turbans) the anyone-can-do-it tone may have as much motivational impact as the details of her counsel. I’m sure her calls to “race balls-out toward the extraordinary life that you’ve always dreamed of” will resonate with some millenials. Moreover, the substance of her story gives women of all ages a window into the incredible power of self-confidence, customer focus and hard work.

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Style Weekly 40 under 40 2014

Style Weekly 40 under 40 2014

Shaka and I were named to Style Weekly’s 2014 40 Under 40 List for our advocacy and service in the Richmond area. I’m honored to be listed among such dynamic leaders, who are working to advance a variety of important causes. The diversity of the honorees inspires me. It … Read More


Off the Sidelines by Kirsten Gillibrand

Off the Sidelines by Kirsten Gillibrand

Part-memoir, part-playbook, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s “Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World” is a refreshingly practical addition to the women’s empowerment shelf, especially for women who aspire to public service. True to mission, the book even ends with … Read More

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How to Clear Your Mind to Get Things Done

Clear Your Mind to Get Things Done

Contaminated time is your enemy. Think of those tainted moments you spend worrying about one thing when you should be focused on something else--and more worthwhile, like your family or sleep. It’s the role overload, task density and time crunch that scatter your attention, … Read More

Advice and Inspiration for Smart Women

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