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Inspiration comes from many avenues. In our WISE Bookshelf feature, members share some of the titles that have encouraged them to think outside of the box, try a new approach or dig down deep for the confidence they needed to make that big decision, or simply allowed them a reprieve from the daily grind. Happy reading!
Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House by Alyssa Mastromonaco
Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? is WISE meets the White House.
Alyssa Mastromonaco (the real-life Olivia Pope of getting it done, but super funny and fun) is a former White House deputy chief of staff for operations under President Barack Obama and the youngest woman to have held the position. Mastromonaco worked with Obama for almost a decade, starting in 2005, when Obama was in the United States Senate, and Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? is full of her inspiring and laugh-out-loud hilarious stories.
Here's a quick sneak peek from an interview on her book with Gayle King:
King: "One of the reasons you wrote this book was you wanted to get more women interested and excited about government."
Mastromonaco: "Yes, I think politics can be very off-putting. You see more men run than women, and you see more men in government than women. And people go to where they see themselves in leadership. And so I wanted younger women especially to know that I wasn't perfect; I was a hot mess. That didn't mean I wasn't smart, didn't mean I wasn't good at my job, and didn't mean I didn't deserve to be there."
One last fun fact, Mastromonaco wrote this book with Lauren Oyler, who is a writer and contributing editor at Broadly, the women's vertical at VICE.
You will love this book!
Submitted by: Christina Epling | South Florida | 6-15 years professional experience
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