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The Epic Mentor Guide

Insider Advice for Girls Eyeing the Workforce from 180 Boss Women Who Know

Published by Forefront Books
Distributed by Simon & Schuster
LIST PRICE $19.99

    About The Book

    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!

    About The Author

    Recently named one the first 250 entrepreneurs on the Forbes Next 1000 List, Illana Raia is the founder and CEO of Être - a mentorship platform for girls. Believing that mentors matter early, Illana brings girls directly into companies they choose (Spotify, Google, YouTube, NYSE…) to meet female leaders face to face.

    Illana is a member of the International Space Station National Lab Education Subcommittee, serves on the National Girls’ Collaborative Champions Board, and has authored 60+ articles for HuffPost, Ms. Magazine and Thrive Global. Her award-winning book Être: Girls, Who Do You Want To Be? was released on Day of the Girl 2019, featuring wisdom from 40 luminary women like Arianna Huffington, Debra Messing and Reshma Saujani alongside quotes from 50 girls.

    Prior to launching Être in 2016, Illana was a corporate attorney at Skadden Arps in NYC and a guest lecturer at Columbia University. She graduated from Smith College and the University of Chicago Law School, and remains unapologetically nerdy.

    Product Details

    • Publisher: Forefront Books (March 15, 2022)
    • Length: 256 pages
    • ISBN13: 9781637630495
    • Grades: 9 - 17

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    Raves and Reviews

    As we strive to create a more equitable workplace for our post-pandemic future, it is vital that we inspire the next generation of leaders with early access to mentors. THE EPIC MENTOR GUIDE brings girls behind the scenes and into boardrooms at exactly the right time. For every girl building a bold, brave future - this is the book you need.

    – RESHMA SAUJANI, Founder of Girls Who Code and The Marshall Plan for Moms

    What I love most about this book is the array of phenomenal women who have lined up to share wisdom and offer advice to the next generation on topics ranging from skills and strategies, entrepreneurship and leadership, grit, guts and goals! The Epic Mentor Guide - 180 women deep – is an empowering read at any age, but particularly for today's rising young scientists and STEM leaders.

    – JAYSHREE SETH, 3M Corporate Scientist and Chief Science Advocate

    The Epic Mentor Guide gives girls an inside look into today's workforce, hearing from leaders who remember what it felt like to walk into work on day one, and what lies ahead. Luminary, like so many companies represented in this book, encourages rising leaders to come sit at our table. This book is a fantastic first step on that journey, matching girls' questions about different industries with answers from groundbreaking women, so they are well-prepared to claim their seat at the table! 

    – CATE LUZIO, Founder and CEO of Luminary

    This is a "must read, follow on social and re-read" for any next gen mogul taking stock of today's job market. The Epic Mentor Guide is packed with practical and empowering advice from a diverse group of innovators, executives, authors, astronauts and more! It will inspire girls everywhere to seek mentor advice early and often as they reach their potential.

    – TIFFANY PHAM, Author of You Are A Mogul and Girl Mogul, Founder & CEO, Mogul

    See the invisible and do the impossible! Illana Raia has done it again with her 2nd brilliant mentorship book for girls, The Epic Mentor Guide. What makes this book so unique is how it lays out actionable advice while offering a comprehensive overview of so many industries. Reading The Epic Mentor Guide is like experiencing a turbo internship across 180 career topics at the coolest companies. Every girl thinking about her career needs to read this. 

    – CLAUDIA CHAN, Creator of S.H.E. Summit & The Whole-Life Leadership Method

    THE EPIC MENTOR GUIDE gives young women a powerful guide to take the next best steps in their leadership journeys while also providing role models and support systems to drive their passion further. As someone unconventional interested in the STEM field, it is easy for ideas and abilities to be overlooked. With the incredible real-world experience that this book shares, it helps all girls recognize that they also have the potential to create change in today's society.

    – - GITANJALI RAO, Author, STEM Promoter, Young Innovator and TIME's First-Ever Kid of the Year

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