Girls Who Run the World: 31 CEOs Who Mean Business

Delacorte. Oct. 2019. 320p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781984893055.
Gr 6-9–This encyclopedic guide, comprised of profiles of 31 female CEOs compiled almost exclusively from author interviews, is a delightful entry into the world of women at the top of the business game. The book features short biographies of women working in industries ranging from beauty and fashion to science and technology, and heading up companies such as Blendoor, Stitch Fix, Spanx, Nextdoor, Poo-pourri, and Glossier. Similar messages run through the profiles—don’t be afraid to fail or take chances, and getting to the top will take lots of hard work. Some of the subjects have business degrees, and many were very successful students, but they all have tremendous work ethics and the ability to sell not only a product but also themselves as leaders. The last section, a primer on Business 101, encourages readers to sharpen their own entrepreneurial skills.
VERDICT The empowering tone will inspire girls to dream big, then break barriers in the business world. Accessible for readers across middle and high school. A great addition to the business reference section.

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