6 Intelligent Women Writing Vital Business And Career Books

With so much competition out there, it can be difficult to get ahead in business. Luckily, there are a number of books that offer helpful advice for all kinds of professionals. Here, in no particular order, are several talented authors who are dedicated to helping readers gain confidence in securing jobs and building connections.

Coming in at #1 is Michelle Tillis Lederman. A graduate of Lehigh University and Columbia Business School, this New Jersey-based author focuses her work on communication, leadership, and coaching. She worked in the finance industry and as a professor at NYU before launching her own training company, Executive Essentials, which aims to help individuals and organizations excel professionally.

Lederman has published several books geared towards the career-oriented reader. In The Connector’s Advantage, she outlines how the ability to network and forge strong relationships leads to success. Heroes Get Hired and The 11 Laws of Likability offer concrete advice on creating authentic interactions with others and securing employment. She also maintains an active blog, where she discusses some of her favorite reads and gives tips on things like overcoming fear.

In the #2 spot is Rita Gunther McGrath, author of the book Discovery-Driven Growth, which Clayton Christensen praised for creating one of the most important management ideas ever developed. In addition to being a writer, she is also a public speaker.

As a professor at Columbia Business School, McGrath has taught courses on Women in Leadership. She received her Ph.D. from the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania) and has degrees with honors from Barnard College and the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs. McGrath is also the founder of Valize, a platform that aims to help companies build long-term innovation capabilities.

At #3 is Iliyana Stareva, the author of Inbound PR, which Brian Halligan, CEO and founder of HubSpot, praises for setting the standard of the PR agency of the future. With a degree in International Business, she has developed an expertise in digital communication. She led a multitude of global, cross-functional projects during her time as a Global Partner Program Manager at HubSpot.

Stareva is a Success Programs Manager at Cisco and leads CX programs for her partners and customers. Aside from providing consultation and training, she is enthralled with public speaking, where she strives to captivate and motivate the audience. Stareva also has a blog where she shares strategies about marketing and PR.

Entering the list at #4 is Nely Galan. Her New York Times Best Selling book, SELF MADE: Becoming Empowered, Self-Reliant, and Rich in Every Way, calls for its readers to rise and take ownership in ways big and small. She is the first Latina president for the television network, Telemundo, and is also an Emmy Award-winning producer of The Swan.

Galan is the founder of the non-profit The Adelante Movement, which seeks to train and empower Latina women to become entrepreneurs. She is passionate about educating teens and college students on financial literacy and entrepreneurship. She has a masters and doctorate in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on the psychology of money.

Next at #5 is Sandy Jones-Kaminski, Chief Connecting Officer at Bella Domain Media, which offers creative marketing services and goal implementation for entrepreneurs, professionals, and business owners interested in achieving success. She is the author of I’m at a Networking Event–Now What???: A Guide to Making the Most Out of Any Networking Event, a book that provides information on networking tools and technology.

Publications and media, including Fox Business, The Seattle Times, and Yahoo! Small Business, have sought Kaminski's professional advice and expertise. She shares her professional insights via webcasts, one-on-one coaching, speaking engagements, workshops, and in-person networking events called Pay It Forward Parties.

Finishing up the list at #6 is author, marketing strategist, and coach Minal Sampat. She attended Rutgers University after high school and launched her first marketing company in 2013. Her book, Why Your Marketing is Killing Your Business and What to Do About It, illustrates real-life examples of over ten years of experience in working with businesses of all sizes.

Sampat grew up in the age of social media and uses her knowledge in technology to enlighten and empower her audience. She is known for having an upbeat personality and for delivering strategies that can be implemented right away. She loves to talk to business owners about their goals and help make them happen.