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Reader interview: ‘Lean In’ inspires women to take responsibility for their careers, success

Saturday, April 27, 2013 - 12:01 am

Editor's note: This week's Page Turner reader interview is with Angie Garcia, an attorney with Carson Boxberger in general business and corporate law, with an emphasis on employment law.

“I have just finished 'Lean In,' by Sheryl Sandberg. I had heard her in an interview on NPR (National Public Radio). I had just gotten into reading regarding personal involvement in order to become a better communicator relevant to my experience. The firm bought copies for all the women in the firm, and then, when they were returned, gave them to the male members.

“Reading it was a great experience. I love the way she frames her ideas. Her style is very conversational — it's like having coffee at Starbucks. It puts the responsibility for acceptance on women — on me — to overcome insecurities. She advises, 'Don't leave before you leave, and don't check your bag at the door. And don't sacrifice the opportunity to take on promotions.'

“A book I would recommend is 'The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World,' by Marti Olsen Laney. For a long time, I was in denial; this helped me define who I am. It helped me to be better able to cope and deal with situations and problems. It helps you understand who you are and how to capitalize on the qualities you do have. She defines introvert and contrasts that with extrovert, not only in the work place but in marriage as well as in one's career.

“I read fiction for fun. One book I read is 'The Imperfectionists.' It's by Tom Rachman. It takes place in Rome and follows the staff of an English newspaper. Each chapter deals with another person on the staff — in a short story. When you're about halfway through, you see how the chapters intertwine through the life of the characters. I read the first few chapters and thought, 'Can I keep on reading this?' But I'm glad I did.

“I made a goal to read 12 novels each year, and I pick the books from Barnes and Noble's best-seller lists. I have a Nook and an IPad, so that makes reading more convenient. Then I have access to the current book from my iPhone. My husband likes hard copies for his reading.

“Another book I'd like to tell you about is 'The Happiness Advantage,' written by Shawn Achor. She deals with the psychology of success in the workplace — what principles to have in the workplace and in one's personal life as well. She lists seven principles — the seven principles of happiness to make a happier, more productive life. The philosophy: Enjoy the moment, and don't worry about the future.”