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Books for Every Power Woman

By Connect Media’s Sarah Quinn and Emily Lettieri

We are currently taking nominations for the Connect Media Power Women Awards. Nominations close November 16, so be sure to choose the Power Women who you do business with and who you know in commercial real estate.

Women have long had to fight harder and think smarter to make it in the male-dominated commercial real estate industry. As two millennial CRE women, we’ve had some amazing mentors and tools along the way to succeed. Here are some of the books we’ve read, and recommend for women in any business.

  1. Knowing Your Value, Mika Brezinski. Brezinski’s book takes a look at pay equality, and why women don’t ask for what they’re worth, and how to change it.
  2. Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?, Alyssa Mastromonaco. After serving as former President Barack Obama’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Mastromonaco wrote this funny and insightful book on being a woman in the political old boys’ club. From leading, to earning respect, to getting a tampon dispenser installed in the White House, Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? is a great read for any industry.
  3. The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin. A year of living differently. Rubin’s book changes the way we look at the world and thinking about things through a happier lens – and what to change in your life to keep it that way.
  4. Who Moved My Cheese?, Spencer Johnson. Cheese Happens. Change Happens. What we do when change does take place defines who we are as people, leaders, and managers. This quick parable is full of valuable lessons for managing up and down.
  5. Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg. The ultimate Woman in Business book, Sandberg elaborates on why women don’t take a seat at the table, and how to change it. “Lean In Circles” have been created in CRE offices across the country, helping women take some of the critical first steps to using their voices.

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About Dennis Kaiser

Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services. In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company. In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix. Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator. Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements. Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.

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