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International Women’s Day

I spent International Women’s Day in the company of about 200 women in Jacksonville, Florida as part of PS27 Ventures Female Founders Forum Luncheon. ( The speakers were amazing, and I walked away inspired and motivated and in awe of the impact that a group of women can make in a community, in a country and in the world.

And, thanks to speaker Karen Bowling, Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of North Florida, who asked us to share titles of books and resources that have helped us grow, I have a new list of books and podcasts!  I can’t wait to get the full list from PS27 Ventures but here are some of the titles I wrote down as each table shared their lists:

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  1. The CEO Next Door: The 4 Behaviors that Transform Ordinary People Into World-Class Leaders, by Elena L. Botelho, Kim R. Powell, and Tahl Raz
  2. High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way, by Brendon Burchard
  3. The Great Game of Business: The Only Sensible Way to Run a Company, by Jack Stack and Bo Burlingham
  4. Book Yourself Solid:  The Fastest, easiest, and Most Reliable System for Getting More Clients Than You Can Handle Even if You Hate Marketing and Selling, by Michael Port
  5. 52 Ways to Free My Mojo: An Art Journal to Liberate Creative Energy, by Nadia Ramoutar
  6. Unlimited Memory:  How to Use Advanced Learning strategies to Learn Faster, Remember More and be More Productive, by Kevin Horsley
  7. The Compound Effect:  Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your Success, by Darren Hardy
  8. The Power of Habit:  Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, by Charles Duhigg
  9. Permission to Screw Up:  How I Learned to Lead by Doing (Almost) Everything Wrong, by Kristen Hadeed
  10. No Ego:  How Leaders Can Cut the Cost of Workplace Drama, End Entitlement, and Drive Big Results, by Cy Wakeman
  11. The Employee Experience Advantage:  How to Win the War for Talent by Giving Employees the Workspaces they Want, the Tools they Need, by Jacob Morgan
  12. Full Catastrophe Living:  Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain and Illness, by Jon Kabat-Zinn
  13. Proposals for the Feminine Economy, by Jennifer Armbrust
  14. 10% Happier:  How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works– A True Story, by Dan Harris
  15. Be Fearless:  5 Principles for a Life of Breakthroughs and Purpose, by Jean Case.  Thank you PS27 Ventures for giving each participant a copy of this book!



  1. How I Built This,
  2. HBR IdeaCast,
  3. Entrepreneurs on Fire,


Think you don’t have time to read?  Consider listening to an audiobook or a podcast– listen while you work out, while you drive, while you eat lunch, while you get ready for work in the morning.  I’m a voracious reader and I love to share and discuss what I read, so I’m a big believer in book clubs. You can start your own book club or join existing ones online.

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Nancy Allen


G. Nancy Allen is an international speaker, coach, consultant and expert on women’s business issues. Nancy has over 30 years of experience helping small business owners at all stages of growth. As President and CEO of WBDC Florida/Her Company Incorporated, Nancy manages and leads an incredible team of staff, sponsors, partners and women business leaders who are dedicated to certifying, connecting and championing women in business. Nancy has been recognized for her work on behalf of women in business through numerous prestigious awards: -Nancy was recently honored by the International Career and Business Alliance (ICABA) as one of South Florida’s 100 most accomplished Caribbean Americans. She is especially proud of this award because it highlights her heritage as well as her professional accomplishments. -Nancy is the recipient of the World Women Leadership Achievement Award from the World Women Leadership Congress -Nancy is also the proud recipient of the Association Marketing Award from Women in ECommerce. -Most recently Nancy was named Honorary Ambassador of Cascais, Portugal by the Ambassador’s Club of the Industry Sector of Cascais and the Estoril Coast. Nancy’s personal motto is Connections, Creativity and Courage in all endeavors. She holds a Master’s Degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS, 1982). She was born in Haiti and raised in South Florida. Nancy is bi-lingual in English and French and is fluent in Spanish and Creole.