DEBORAH LIU and ABIGAIL WEN at Books Inc. Mountain View!

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Join Deborah Liu in conversation with Abigail Wen at Books Inc. Mountain View for a inspiring reading of her book Take Back Your Power! 

As a woman in Silicon Valley who worked her way to the top of the corporate ladder--she's a former VP at Facebook and the current president and CEO of Ancestry--Deborah Liu knows firsthand the challenges and obstacles in the workplace that keep the deck stacked against women in the workplace . . . and the ways to overcome them.

For every woman who grew up competing on the uneven playing field, who is told she is too aggressive, assertive, dramatic, or emotional, this book is the battle cry you need to learn to thrive within the system that exists today, even if it's not the one we wish it were.

Take Back Your Power presents both hard data and Liu's personal experiences from twenty years as a woman leader in the male-dominated tech industry to help you:

  • Find your voice, learn how to ask, and achieve what you want in a system that isn't fair and wasn't created for you
  • Debunk the negative connotations of power and harness it for your own success
  • Discover how to be heard, seen, and taken more seriously at work by getting out of your own way
  • Overcome the lie that success is only achieved alone by finding the four types of allies you need to reach your goals
  • Become a great leader without losing yourself in the process

You have the power to change the future of work for yourself--and for women everywhere.

From a young age, we women are taught that power is a dirty word. So what do we do? We continually give it away. Well, that ends here. This book teaches you how to put power back in your hands, where it belongs. - Julie Zhuo, cofounder of Sundial and author of Wall Street Journal bestseller The Making of a Manager

Essential wisdom for every professional, from one of the most successful women leaders in Silicon Valley. -  Abigail Hing Wen, New York Times bestselling author and executive producer of Loveboat, Taipei

Because I love my wife and daughters, I want them to fully own their power and manifest it in the world. And because I strive to expand this commitment to human flourishing, I pray that this book blesses all women--and the men who love them in their power. -  Fred Kofman, author of the bestselling book Conscious Business

Liu is scaling feminine power! With vulnerability, generosity, and deep wisdom, Liu shares the variety of ways she has found to own and build her power. When she adds hidden stories of amazing women leaders and super practical how-tos, the reader can't help but be inspired to shift. - Amy Klement, managing partner of Imaginable Futures

Systemic inequity is a fact, but rarely has a solution been presented that empowers individuals to successfully navigate this reality while refusing to accept the inevitably of social norms and structural biases. Take Back Your Power provides a road map that shines a light on the current reality while providing a path forward for personal success and professional growth. I've had the privilege of serving with Deb Liu to witness the power of these insights through her personal example. - Brad Smith, president of Marshall University

I highly recommend Deb Liu's book Take Back Your Power to all women in the workplace, and also to anyone from a group that is disadvantaged or underrepresented in the competitive world of business. Her lessons about embracing power, finding your voice, and making alliances should be required reading for anyone seeking to be more effective in their work. Power is necessary to accomplish your mission, realize your vision, and help make the world a better place. Deb's book is an excellent guide for everyone who feels weak and deserves to be a change-maker.  - Rajiv Pant, technology executive at Hearst Magazines and former CTO of the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal

Grab a cup of coffee because you won't be able to put this book down. With Take Back Your Power, you get a full arsenal of tools to make your magic shine. Deborah masterfully weaves her own intimate journey and advice together with the rich stories of amazing women, each of whom defines power in her own way, leaving you with vivid anecdotes and insights that will change how you act and see yourself. - Fidji Simo, CEO of Instacart

Women are taught, from a young age, to default to silence. The issue is not that women are too timid or insecure to speak up, to negotiate, it is that we are rational actors and understand all too well the ways we are punished for being appropriately assertive. But the cost of not challenging this status quo is a loss of agency. Deb shows how to break free of this double bind by sharing practical advice and personal experiences. A must-read, whether you're a woman in the workplace or a man who works with women. - Kim Scott, bestselling author of Just Work and Radical Candor

Fast-paced and full of fresh insights and telling case studies, Take Back Your Power is essential reading for any woman executive who wants to take charge of her own destiny and lead! - Mark Thompson, former CEO of the New York Times

A remarkable book by a remarkable person. Deb Liu uses her life story and the examples of other successful women, as well as the research literature, to provide practical and actionable advice about how to build power and thrive in a world that is often unfair. Although Take Back Your Power is written by a woman for women, Liu's insightful recommendations speak to everyone who has faced imposter syndrome or felt like the person who didn't belong--which is, of course, all of us. - Jeffrey Pfeffer, Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at Stanford's Graduate School of Business and author of 7 Rules of Power


Deborah Liu is a seasoned technology executive based in Silicon Valley. She is the president and CEO of Ancestry, the company at the forefront of family history and consumer genomics. Prior to this, she served on the leadership team of Facebook, where she was the vice president of Facebook App Commerce. During her time there, she helped create Facebook Marketplace, Facebook Pay, Facebook Audience Network, and App Install Ads. Previously, she spent several years at PayPal, where she led the eBay marketplace product team, created the charitable donations and social commerce teams, and worked in corporate strategy. She also serves on the board of Intuit and cofounded the nonprofit Women in Product. She lives with her husband, three kids, and mom in California.

Abigail Hing Wen works at the intersection of storytelling and technology. She is a New York Times Best Selling Author, rare woman-in-tech leader specializing in artificial intelligence, a filmmaker as well as a mother of two. She writes and speaks about tech, AI ethics, women's leadership, implicit bias, equity, and transforming culture. Abigail penned the New York Times best selling novel, Loveboat, Taipei and companion novel Loveboat Reunion.

Event date: 
Tuesday, August 16, 2022 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Books Inc.
317 Castro St
Mountain View, CA 94041
Take Back Your Power: 10 New Rules for Women at Work By Deborah Liu Cover Image
ISBN: 9780310364856
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Zondervan - August 9th, 2022