Laila Tarraf was an effective business leader, the successful daughter of immigrants, and the mother of a toddler. But her life changed with the sudden death of her husband, followed quickly by the passing of both of her parents.
Laila had spent her convinced that any display of vulnerability would make her soft. What she didn’t expect was that soft would turn out to be strong.
Forced to reconnect to her heart, she became a better leader, a better mother, and a better person. Ultimately, this book is about healing, waking up, about learning who you truly are.
“In this riveting story, both heartbreaking and uplifting, Laila Tarraf shows that adversity didn’t break her, it awakened her and transformed her into a wise, compassionate leader who manages with strength and tenderness, not having to deny the latter to achieve the former.” —Carter Cast, Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship at Kellogg School of Business, former CEO of Walmart.com and author of The Right (and Wrong) Stuff
"A deeply insightful book about business and leadership disguised as a devastating memoir about loss and love. —Jennie Nash, author, founder and CEO of Author Accelerator
“The power of Laila's memoir comes through in her illumination of the trap of hiding in plain sight. When our day-to-day professional lives blind us to who we really are, no one else can see us either. The gift in these pages is that when you see yourself, others will too.” —Dan Roam, author of The Back of the Napkin and Draw to Win
“It’s time for women to know that their true power is in their ability to embrace their femininity. Faced with brutal circumstances, Laila Tarraf shows us how she learned to do just that. I’m a great fan of this book, its author, and its message.” —Laura Munson, New York Times bestselling author and founder of Haven Writing Retreats
“Strong Like Water highlights a simple truth. We already are spiritual; it’s human we’re learning how to be.” —Jacquelyn Small, Author, The Sacred Purpose of Being Human
"Laila brings forth a compelling memoir which breaks your heart into a million bits and has you cheering at the top of your lungs with her story of love, loss and renewal in today's world. An amazing first-time debut for an author who brings her personal awakenings to the world of business and leadership. Every page is a precious gift." —Shenaz Daver, Executive Advisor, Google Ventures (GV)
"This book is a gift. To me, to women, and to the world. I felt myself shift, open, and transform as I turned the pages. I nodded, smiled, and wept, and would need to stop and let myself cry a bit more before continuing on. I thought about how many tears of joy and sorrow the author must have shed in writing and reflecting on her past so deeply. Joining her for this intimate journey has helped me to heal - I am a more whole person for having read her book." —Sunshine Yin, Head of People & Operations, Advanced Digital & Product Team at Bain & Company