12 Books Every Woman in Tech Should Read

We asked members of the Salesforce Ohana to share books that have made a difference in their own lives that they think our Supermums, and every woman in tech, should read. Here’s our top picks – we hope they inform and inspire you in your life and career!


1 – Own It by Sallie Krawchek

A new kind of career playbook for a new era of feminism, offering women a new set of rules for professional success: one that plays to their strengths and builds on the power they already have. Success for professional women will no longer be about trying to compete at the men’s version of the game, she says. And it will no longer be about contorting ourselves to men’s expectations of how powerful people behave. Instead, it’s about embracing and investing in our innate strengths as women – and bringing them proudly and unapologetically, to work.   

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2 – Thrive by Arianna Huffington

In this deeply personal book, Arianna talks candidly about her own challenges with managing time and prioritising the demands of a career and two daughters.

Drawing on the latest groundbreaking research and scientific findings in the fields of psychology, sports, sleep and physiology that show the profound and transformative effects of meditation, mindfulness, unplugging and giving, Arianna shows us the way to a revolution in our culture, our thinking, our workplaces, and our lives.

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3 – The Tipping Point by Malcom Gladwell

In this brilliant and original book, Malcolm Gladwell explains and analyses the ‘tipping point’, that magic moment when ideas, trends and social behaviour cross a threshold, tip and spread like wildfire.

Taking a look behind the surface of many familiar occurrences in our everyday world, Gladwell explains the fascinating social dynamics that cause rapid change.

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4 – The Medici Effect by Frans Johansson

Why do so many world-changing insights come from people with little or no related experience? Charles Darwin was a geologist when he proposed the theory of evolution. And it was an astronomer who finally explained what happened to the dinosaurs.

Frans Johansson’s The Medici Effect shows how breakthrough ideas most often occur when we bring concepts from one field into a new, unfamiliar territory and offers examples of how we can turn the ideas we discover into path-breaking innovations.

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5 – Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

The greatest motivational book of all time! Napoleon Hill’s thirteen step programme will set you on the path to wealth and success. Think and Grow Rich reveals the money-making secrets of hundreds of America’s most affluent people. By thinking like them, you can become like them. 

This timeless classic presents a systematic nuts-and-bolts approach to developing the skills and mindset required to achieve exceptional success in any field or endeavour, personal or professional.

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6 – Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

Ask most women whether they have the right to equality at work and the answer will be a resounding yes, but ask the same women whether they’d feel confident asking for a raise, a promotion, or equal pay, and some reticence creeps in.

Sheryl Sandberg draws on her own experience of working in some of the world’s most successful businesses and looks at what women can do to help themselves, and make the small changes in their life that can effect change on a more universal scale.

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7 – Option B by Sheryl Sandberg

Thoughtful, honest, revealing and warm, Option B weaves Sandberg’s experiences coping with adversity with new findings from Adam Grant and other social scientists. The book features stories of people who recovered from personal and professional hardship, including illness, injury, divorce, job loss, sexual assault and imprisonment. These people did more than recover―many of them became stronger.

Sandberg and Grant explore how we can raise strong children, create resilient communities and workplaces, and find meaning, love and joy in our lives.

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8 – Strategies for Being Brilliant by Susan Ritchie

Susan Ritchie’s strategies will inspire you to take action and begin the process of making the changes you want to see, both personally and professionally.

In 2002, Susan moved to Borneo with her young son. Now this might not be your cup of tea, but if self-doubt stops you from having what you want, this inspiring and engaging book will help you to ‘get out of your own way’. Susan shares practical ideas and ways of thinking that will help you to be happier, more confident and successful, whatever the situation. 

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9 – Female Innovators at Work by Danielle Newnham

This book describes the experiences and successes of female innovators and entrepreneurs in the still largely male-dominated tech-world in twenty candid interviews. It highlights the varied life and career stories that lead these women to the top positions in the technology industry that they are in now.

Danielle Newnham presents the insights, instructive anecdotes, and advice shared with her in the interviews, including stories about raising capital for one’s start-up, and about the obstacles these women encountered and how they overcame them.

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10 – Little Black Book by Otegha Uwagba

Little Black Book: A Toolkit For Working Women is the modern career guide every creative woman needs, whether you’re just starting out or already have years of experience. Packed with fresh ideas and no-nonsense practical advice, this travel-sized career handbook is guaranteed to become your go-to resource when it comes to building the career you want.

Writer Otegha Uwagba takes you through everything you need to build a successful self-made career: from how to negotiate a payrise to building a killer personal brand, via a crash course in networking like a pro, and tips for overcoming creative block. 

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11 – One Second Ahead by Rasmus Hougaard

What if we could hit the ‘pause’ button on our day, step back, and meet challenges with a sense of clarity and purpose? And what if there was a way not just of ‘getting things done,’ but ensuring that what does get done are the right things to do? 

This book demonstrates that it is possible to train the brain to respond differently to today’s constant pressures and distraction. All it takes is one second. They propose that we need to learn to work differently so we are more focused, calm and have less clutter in our mind so we can better manage our time and attention.

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12 – Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

Dr. Brené Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability, and dispels the widely accepted myth that it’s a weakness. She argues that, in truth, vulnerability is strength and when we shut ourselves off from vulnerability – fromrevealing our true selves – we distance ourselves from the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives.

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