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Imagine if you found the perfect mentor before you actually started work? Now imagine you could ask her anything. The Epic Mentor Guide matches questions from girls eyeing and entering the workforce with answers from 180 boss women already there. Wondering what it’s like to be the first female coach or general manager of any men’s professional sports team? Ask Nancy Lieberm Imagine if you found the perfect mentor before you actually started work? Now imagine you could ask her anything. The Epic Mentor Guide matches questions from girls eyeing and entering the workforce with answers from 180 boss women already there. Wondering what it’s like to be the first female coach or general manager of any men’s professional sports team? Ask Nancy Lieberman or Kim Ng. Want to know what Veronica Beard thinks you should wear to work, why Tyra Banks over-prepares for every meeting, how Haben Girma graduated Harvard Law School deaf and blind, or what Bobbi Brown wants you to do when you hear the word no at work? We did too. Thinking about careers in media, medicine, or metadata? Wish you could interview TheSkimm founders, NASA astronauts, Olympic athletes, or execs at companies like Billboard, Spotify, ESPN, NIKE, LEGO, TikTok, Google, and the NYSE? We felt the same way. You asked. So we asked. Answering girls’ questions from around the globe about diversity and inclusion, raising hands, speaking up, and standing out, The Epic Mentor Guide is your early inside track to the work world. Created by Illana Raia, founder of the mentorship platform Être, and featuring women who remember what it felt like to take that first step on their career path, this book is for every girl building a future . . . from epic women building a pipeline. Hear from . . .  Angela Duckworth … on Getting Your Grit Together Anita Bhatia … on Applying UN Goals to Personal Goals Blake Bolden … on Breaking Glass Ceilings With a Hockey Stick Daisy Auger-Dominguez … on Asking About Inclusion in Interviews Hoda Kotb … on Staying Resilient in the Face of Challenges Kara Goldin … on Taking a Hint and Building an Empire Lilly Ledbetter … on Negotiating a Strong Salary Raise Rebecca Minkoff … on Finding Female-Focused Networks Sudi Green … on Getting Your First Sketch on SNL And so many more!


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Imagine if you found the perfect mentor before you actually started work? Now imagine you could ask her anything. The Epic Mentor Guide matches questions from girls eyeing and entering the workforce with answers from 180 boss women already there. Wondering what it’s like to be the first female coach or general manager of any men’s professional sports team? Ask Nancy Lieberm Imagine if you found the perfect mentor before you actually started work? Now imagine you could ask her anything. The Epic Mentor Guide matches questions from girls eyeing and entering the workforce with answers from 180 boss women already there. Wondering what it’s like to be the first female coach or general manager of any men’s professional sports team? Ask Nancy Lieberman or Kim Ng. Want to know what Veronica Beard thinks you should wear to work, why Tyra Banks over-prepares for every meeting, how Haben Girma graduated Harvard Law School deaf and blind, or what Bobbi Brown wants you to do when you hear the word no at work? We did too. Thinking about careers in media, medicine, or metadata? Wish you could interview TheSkimm founders, NASA astronauts, Olympic athletes, or execs at companies like Billboard, Spotify, ESPN, NIKE, LEGO, TikTok, Google, and the NYSE? We felt the same way. You asked. So we asked. Answering girls’ questions from around the globe about diversity and inclusion, raising hands, speaking up, and standing out, The Epic Mentor Guide is your early inside track to the work world. Created by Illana Raia, founder of the mentorship platform Être, and featuring women who remember what it felt like to take that first step on their career path, this book is for every girl building a future . . . from epic women building a pipeline. Hear from . . .  Angela Duckworth … on Getting Your Grit Together Anita Bhatia … on Applying UN Goals to Personal Goals Blake Bolden … on Breaking Glass Ceilings With a Hockey Stick Daisy Auger-Dominguez … on Asking About Inclusion in Interviews Hoda Kotb … on Staying Resilient in the Face of Challenges Kara Goldin … on Taking a Hint and Building an Empire Lilly Ledbetter … on Negotiating a Strong Salary Raise Rebecca Minkoff … on Finding Female-Focused Networks Sudi Green … on Getting Your First Sketch on SNL And so many more!

43 review for The Epic Mentor Guide: Insider Advice for Girls Eyeing the Workforce from 180 Boss Women Who Know

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sophia

    Can’t wait to read this!!! What an amazing collection of mentors!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ell

    This is an excellent book for young adults and I believe we need more like it! I wish its theme had been more centralized. There are a lot of great questions and answers very specific to one industry or job, which means the reader might have to do quite a bit of hopping around and skipping of pages to get the advice needed. I'm hoping the author comes out with more books soon, as strong mentors are so important! This is an excellent book for young adults and I believe we need more like it! I wish its theme had been more centralized. There are a lot of great questions and answers very specific to one industry or job, which means the reader might have to do quite a bit of hopping around and skipping of pages to get the advice needed. I'm hoping the author comes out with more books soon, as strong mentors are so important!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    Copy provided by Young Adult Books Central Ilana Raia, The founder of the website Etregirls.com, a mentorship platform, found that young girls often have questions for women who have succeeded in business. How did women who have been successful break into their fields? What training did they need? How do they utilize social media? In order to collect all of their fantastic advice in one place, she put together The Epic Mentor Guide. There is a huge variety of women represented in the book, from b Copy provided by Young Adult Books Central Ilana Raia, The founder of the website Etregirls.com, a mentorship platform, found that young girls often have questions for women who have succeeded in business. How did women who have been successful break into their fields? What training did they need? How do they utilize social media? In order to collect all of their fantastic advice in one place, she put together The Epic Mentor Guide. There is a huge variety of women represented in the book, from best selling authors to entrepreneurs to political insiders. Each woman answers a question (posed by a young girl) on a one or two page spread. Questions range from the very practical (how to write a good thank you note) to more philosophical ("What should we do if our career feels like it's zigzagging into of moving in a straight line?"), and information about social media is given next to a description of the woman who has answered the question, so that young readers can further engage. The pages have subtle peach colored designs on them, and center the questions and answers on the page. This is one of those books like Favilli's Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Immigrant Women Who Changed the World, Schatz, Stahl, and Klein. Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future!, or Megdal and Lossing's 50 Trailblazers of the 50 States: Celebrate the lives of inspiring people who paved the way from every state in America! that you might want to purchase twice so you have one to read, and one to cut up, laminate, and make into bulletin boards! There are a lot of women of whom I had never heard, and they represent jobs that I never even knew existed. When I was preparing for college, it was exciting to think that my classmates weren't limited to being teachers, nurses, or secretaries, but could go into law, medicine, or business. How great is it that in 2022 there are so many accomplished women to inspire and motive young readers to explore the limitless career opportunities the world has to offer. I'm definitely making sure that the leader of our Girls Rox! program gets a copy of this. That said, this is not broken down into any categories or topics, but has all of the questions and quotes arranged alphabetically by the repliers' first names. The table of contents does give some insight as to the question answered and the woman answering it, but this arrangement makes it hard to use to dip into to get a good quote, or to find the answer to a question a reader might have. This makes it more suited to skimming.

  4. 4 out of 5

    University of Chicago Magazine

    Author: Illana Raia, JD’93 From the publisher: Imagine if you found the perfect mentor before you actually started work? Now imagine you could ask her anything. The Epic Mentor Guide matches questions from girls eyeing and entering the workforce with answers from 180 boss women already there. Wondering what it’s like to be the first female coach or general manager of any men’s professional sports team? Ask Nancy Lieberman or Kim Ng. Want to know what Veronica Beard thinks you should wear to work, w Author: Illana Raia, JD’93 From the publisher: Imagine if you found the perfect mentor before you actually started work? Now imagine you could ask her anything. The Epic Mentor Guide matches questions from girls eyeing and entering the workforce with answers from 180 boss women already there. Wondering what it’s like to be the first female coach or general manager of any men’s professional sports team? Ask Nancy Lieberman or Kim Ng. Want to know what Veronica Beard thinks you should wear to work, why Tyra Banks over-prepares for every meeting, how Haben Girma graduated Harvard Law School deaf and blind, or what Bobbi Brown wants you to do when you hear the word no at work? We did too. Thinking about careers in media, medicine, or metadata? Wish you could interview TheSkimm founders, NASA astronauts, Olympic athletes, or execs at companies like Billboard, Spotify, ESPN, NIKE, LEGO, TikTok, Google, and the NYSE? We felt the same way. You asked. So we asked. Answering girls’ questions from around the globe about diversity and inclusion, raising hands, speaking up, and standing out, The Epic Mentor Guide is your early inside track to the work world. Created by Illana Raia, founder of the mentorship platform Être, and featuring women who remember what it felt like to take that first step on their career path, this book is for every girl building a future . . . from epic women building a pipeline.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Author Illana Raia, founder and CEO of Être - a mentorship platform for girls - brings us a collection of advice from boss ladies around the world. Illana was recently named one the first 250 entrepreneurs on the Forbes Next 1000 List. She believes that mentors matter early. She brings girls directly into companies they choose (Spotify, Google, YouTube, NYSE…) to meet female leaders face to face. This book is a collection of some of the advice from those forums (and others). ⁠ ⁠ This is the book I Author Illana Raia, founder and CEO of Être - a mentorship platform for girls - brings us a collection of advice from boss ladies around the world. Illana was recently named one the first 250 entrepreneurs on the Forbes Next 1000 List. She believes that mentors matter early. She brings girls directly into companies they choose (Spotify, Google, YouTube, NYSE…) to meet female leaders face to face. This book is a collection of some of the advice from those forums (and others). ⁠ ⁠ This is the book I wish I had as a teenager! The women in this book are Olympic athletes, entrepreneurs, engineers, CEO's and more. ⁠ ⁠ Girls - raise your hands and ask some questions! I love that this book shows the questions and the answers. I think you can learn as much from what other people are asking, as you can the answers. What questions do other girls ask when they talk with powerful women? How are they thinking about their futures?⁠ ⁠ There is not a magic formula for success, nor does this book attempt to offer one. Rather, it gives girls access to a wide variety of viewpoints from successful ladies that are ahead of them on the path. ⁠ ⁠ Buy this book for the young ladies in your life - show them that they can excel and start giving them the tools to do so! A book can't replace mentors that pour into a girl's life personally - but it can help! ⁠ ⁠ I received an ARC of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany W.

    The best thing I like this books is that it's short, straightforward and simple. It's a compilations of Q&As for girls, and I liked that I could simply browse through the table of contents and find the answer that I may need. Currently at the age of 23, I'm a fresh graduated from university who's struggling to find my own directions, and although some answers in this book are kind of cliché and some others are vague, most of them are very true and practical. At first I considered simply scanning The best thing I like this books is that it's short, straightforward and simple. It's a compilations of Q&As for girls, and I liked that I could simply browse through the table of contents and find the answer that I may need. Currently at the age of 23, I'm a fresh graduated from university who's struggling to find my own directions, and although some answers in this book are kind of cliché and some others are vague, most of them are very true and practical. At first I considered simply scanning through it since not every topic fits my case or interest me, but later I decided to dig deep. I liked the simple and super straightfoward Q&A style and then I thought...why not? Experiences are priceless, and anxiety exists in every stage in life. Even if I don't need some advice in particular right now, I may need it at some stage. What I'm trying to say is, many advices are practical enough that they become reassuring for me, easing some of the anxiety and tension that I have been feeling lately during my current rollercoaster ride of job searching. Also, kudos to the layout design that makes this whole book so comfortable to read. My sincerest gratitude goes to the author, the publisher and NetGalley for providing an opportunity to try this one out, and I'm definitely going to grab a physical copy once it's out.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Alyshba Ahmed

    I received an early copy of The Epic Mentor Guide from author Illana, and to say that I appreciate this book would be an understatement. I've always wanted to enter the STEM industry and pursue positions of leadership in the process. But, being a woman, I've questioned my place in a world dominated by men. But this novel may have answered every lingering question I've head beneath the surface. It sounds like an exaggeration, I know. But to read about successful women who have been there, women w I received an early copy of The Epic Mentor Guide from author Illana, and to say that I appreciate this book would be an understatement. I've always wanted to enter the STEM industry and pursue positions of leadership in the process. But, being a woman, I've questioned my place in a world dominated by men. But this novel may have answered every lingering question I've head beneath the surface. It sounds like an exaggeration, I know. But to read about successful women who have been there, women who continue to make space for young girls like myself, is so very reassuring.  From young athletes to entrepreneurs, this book is perfect for any young girls seeking guidance in the workforce. For those girls with high hopes and limitless minds, I recommend this book from the bottom of my heart.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bethany (bookish.bethany)

    Who’s a mentor that has impacted you positively? 👍🏻 If there is anything I feel strongly about…it’s mentoring younger women in their careers. My favorite part of my previous job was working with my grad students - helping them grow, pushing them to overcome their own fears, and working with them to reach their career goals. It’s honestly so fulfilling. 
So, when @booksforwardpr reached out, asking if I wanted a #gifted copy of THE EPIC MENTOR GUIDE - I jumped at the chance! This gorgeous new book Who’s a mentor that has impacted you positively? 👍🏻 If there is anything I feel strongly about…it’s mentoring younger women in their careers. My favorite part of my previous job was working with my grad students - helping them grow, pushing them to overcome their own fears, and working with them to reach their career goals. It’s honestly so fulfilling. 
So, when @booksforwardpr reached out, asking if I wanted a #gifted copy of THE EPIC MENTOR GUIDE - I jumped at the chance! This gorgeous new book is a compilation of advice and words of wisdom from women who are dominating their industries. From astronauts, to scientists, actresses and politicians, these women are giving their best career, mentorship and confidence advice. THE EPIC MENTOR GUIDE is out now and would a perfect gift for a high school or college senior, a young woman needing inspiration, or someone interested in journaling! (It definitely gave me a lot to think about and reflect on!) https://www.instagram.com/p/CcdVu0FrhuJ/

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kim Khazzam

    Talk about excited…. This book is one that I absolutely can’t wait to start reading. Brilliant is an understatement, genius and so much more! I know what I’m getting as gifts for all my amazing up in coming powerful women in this world and all the incredible leaders in this crazy world! Illana Raia has done it again! Don’t miss out on a soon to be best seller!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Byrnes

    Mentorship matters. Girls need to look up and see their role models -- and then be able to learn from them. That's exactly what this book does -- it allows our girls to be inspired and encouraged by our female leaders. Your girls don't need a new gadget or sweater this holiday season -- they need this book. Mentorship matters. Girls need to look up and see their role models -- and then be able to learn from them. That's exactly what this book does -- it allows our girls to be inspired and encouraged by our female leaders. Your girls don't need a new gadget or sweater this holiday season -- they need this book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ken

    Alright look - As a father of a four year old...and knowing the quorum of powerful women that Illana has gathered to instill invaluable wisdom upon girls of all ages...this is going to become required reading and revisiting for many years to come. Bravo Illana for rocking on and thanks from fathers like me who could use the help from a trusted female, professional, and mom!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    I cannot wait to get my hands on this book!!! Illana Raia's first book (Girls, Who Do You Want To Be?) was packed with such great information and I know this one will be as well. Learning both how to network and to leverage mentors are critical to building a meaningful career and I know that this book will provide invaluable advice about how to do it. March can't come soon enough! I cannot wait to get my hands on this book!!! Illana Raia's first book (Girls, Who Do You Want To Be?) was packed with such great information and I know this one will be as well. Learning both how to network and to leverage mentors are critical to building a meaningful career and I know that this book will provide invaluable advice about how to do it. March can't come soon enough!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn Sivori

    I am so looking forward to this book. I wish Illana’s books were available when my daughter was younger. What a wonderful idea for a book and so needed. I plan to buy this book as a birthday gift for a family member and to donate to my local Girl Scouts office since my daughter loved a Girl Scouting.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Diane Chuback

    Epic Mentor Guide by Illana Raia is one of the most anticipated books among all of my Mom-friends. We are pre-ordered and awaiting this new compilation of insights and advice from some of the most successful women of our time. This will truly be a joy to read with my teenage daughter!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Edward Tafaro

    This is a long overdue topic for publication. Illana Raia's last book was one of my most gifted books of the past decade. I am super excited to read this! It is certainly timely for my daughter, and I expect this will be one of the most gifted books of 2022. This is a long overdue topic for publication. Illana Raia's last book was one of my most gifted books of the past decade. I am super excited to read this! It is certainly timely for my daughter, and I expect this will be one of the most gifted books of 2022.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Yansi Fugel

    Cannot wait to read this book, a fantastic concept and applicable to girls and women too. Who couldn’t use a bit of advice from world changing women? Empowering girls and reminders for women, just brilliant and a perfect follow up to the first book “Girls, who do you want to be?”

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jody

    This will be my go-to book for gifts all year. Honestly, I'm looking forward to reading it as well. What an amazing collection of women providing interesting advice. Kudos to Illana Raia. She did it again! This will be my go-to book for gifts all year. Honestly, I'm looking forward to reading it as well. What an amazing collection of women providing interesting advice. Kudos to Illana Raia. She did it again!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Angela Cooper

    Great book for young adults getting ready to head out into the working force.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Andrea Orlando

    What a fantastic idea! I just wish it was coming out in time fir Christmas gifts! Fortunately, It will make the perfect graduation gift! Cannot wait to read this!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    So excited to get my hands on this book! I saw an early copy and can't wait to dive into the rest of the guide's advice. Such an incredible group of women! So excited to get my hands on this book! I saw an early copy and can't wait to dive into the rest of the guide's advice. Such an incredible group of women!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ayanna

    This looks like an amazing concept, I saw an early copy and I'm so excited to read it! This looks like an amazing concept, I saw an early copy and I'm so excited to read it!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jodi

    So excited to read this!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Tiger

    Looking forward to another inspiring book by Illana Raia. A women dedicated to the empowerment of our next generation.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tanya R

    For all those lovely young women who are graduating next month, this would make a perfect gift. Every page is a piece of advice from a successful woman from a variety of fields, all around the world. A great way to kick off an aspiring career or secondary education. I wish I had some of this advice when I was off to college! This is definitely going into my daughter’s hands next. Thank you to #BooksForward for allowing me to read this one. All opinions expressed are my own.

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    Karla Strand

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    Kathy Stone

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