You Are Enough!

Reclaiming Your Career and Your Life with Purpose, Passion, and Unapologetic Authenticity

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Pub Date 11 May 2021 | Archive Date 06 Aug 2021
Mascot Books, Amplify Publishing

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YOU ARE ENOUGH! chronicles Charlene Wheeless’s fearless quest to be the best possible version of herself in every aspect of her life—at work and at home. For Charlene, this means busting up stereotypes, breaking down barriers, and flat-out refusing to be ignored, pigeonholed, or forgotten.

Using blog posts from her courageous battle with breast cancer, lectures from her popular “Lessons from Being Invisible” speaking series, and personal accounts of her climb to being one of the first Black female executives in traditionally White and male-dominated industries, Charlene’s voice is one that resonates across every spectrum—a voice that demands being heard.

Charlene’s experiences serve as a compass for individuals and corporations looking to change their course, alter their patterns, and expand their ways of thinking and being. With raw honesty, blazing courage, and solution-driven sensibility, Charlene reminds us that despite the setbacks, struggles, and obstacles life throws our way, we can be seen. We must not be invisible. We must be our own authentic selves. In short: We are enough!


YOU ARE ENOUGH! chronicles Charlene Wheeless’s fearless quest to be the best possible version of herself in every aspect of her life—at work and at home. For Charlene, this means busting up...


Advance Praise

“[Wheeless’] voice is sincere, breezy, upbeat, and surprisingly relatable considering her impressive accomplishments. Her perspective feels authentic and refreshingly down-to-earth, and she presents stories of her encounters with gender, age, and racial bias with honesty and without bitterness. An upbeat, engaging guide to navigating work and life challenges.” Kirkus Indie Reviews


"Declaring Everything that I have or haven’t done or that has happened to me, for me, against me, or around me has led me to this moment and prepared me to tell my story, You Are Enough! is an inspirational text that’s filled with practical advice for working and living with passion and purpose." —Clarion Reviews


"All those executives reading Isabel Wilkerson and Robin DiAngelo to understand why their Black employees are so angry now need to add Charlene Wheeless to their bedside tables. She is a ‘first Black woman to’ many times over. And while she isn’t a whiner and has no regrets, she offers a view of corporate America that will open your eyes. The fact that she had to confront cancer, as well, only adds to this mini-memoir’s power." —Alan Murray, CEO, Fortune Media


"With a level of candor, transparency, and, yes, authenticity that will surprise you, Charlene Wheeless dispenses sound advice for living that all of us can learn from. Her personal story had already inspired me—and I know her well as a leader, colleague, and friend—but there are new details here that brought tears to my eyes and nourishment to my soul. I promise you will love this book." Roger Bolton, CEO, Page Society


"You Are Enough! is elegant in its straightforwardness. It is sensitively written, albeit raw. Charlene shares in a way that made me feel fully accepted as she recounted her intimate story, and also made me feel like I was intruding at the same time. The book is honest, genuine, courageous, and at all times REAL, and by the way—it is very smartly written. I loved it." —Bill Heyman, CEO, Heyman Associates Executive Search


"Charlene is a remarkable person, and there is something each of us can learn from her experience. Her stories are full of examples of her tenacity in facing the kind of adversity that comes from having to fight for everything you have, but doing it with grace, smarts, and authenticity. It is these characteristics that Charlene brought to her most difficult battle—facing and fighting cancer. For so many people, being diagnosed with cancer and dealing with this horrible disease is a transformational event. Some people are overtaken by the trauma of dealing with it, but You Are Enough! reminds us all that we are in charge of ourselves and that our response to and way we cope with these challenges are within our own control. So, thank you, Charlene, for the gift of these lessons and for being so brave in putting it all out there so we can apply these lessons to our own lives." —Margery Kraus, Founder and Executive Chairman, APCO Worldwide


“By sharing her story—her whole story—with the world, Charlene Wheeless has given us a gift. Whether you relate to her descriptions of racial injustice, have faced challenges like abuse and cancer, have experiences similar to hers from your own career or all of the above, everyone can find an aspect of her story that resonates.” —Jane Randel, Karp Randel and NoMore.org Co-Founder


"Plenty of people offer advice. Few offer wisdom. By sharing her life and experiences, Charlene Wheeless invites readers on a remarkable journey of self-discovery to gain profound insights along the way. Hers is a powerful, empowering voice and an important one for our times. This is a book for everyone. Everyone who reads this book will be enriched." —Phillip Barlag, Executive Director, World 50


"This is a stirring tale of a brilliant communicator and cancer survivor who has made the most of her life in every way." —Richard Edelman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Edelman Public Relations


"This book is super-relevant at any time, but especially during an unprecedented period when everyone is reassessing their lives and reprioritizing their purpose and career. Charlene's honest and reflective story of resilience in the face of serious health setbacks and refusal to accept the limitations that societal norms and conventions place on her is inspiring to everyone. She encourages women, in particular, to be their authentic selves in the workplace but to also recognize when to make pragmatic trade-offs to get results. Everyone dreams about what might have been or what could be: Charlene’s practical and down-to-earth advice tells us how to get out there and achieve our potential. As we reassess our values and respond to an extraordinary time in world history, You Are Enough! is the perfect guide to living in the moment and not waiting for a mythical tomorrow that never comes. It is a great primer for both work and life." —Steve Barrett, Editor-in-Chief, PR Week US

“[Wheeless’] voice is sincere, breezy, upbeat, and surprisingly relatable considering her impressive accomplishments. Her perspective feels authentic and refreshingly down-to-earth, and she presents...


Marketing Plan

The marketing and publicity plan for You Are Enough! includes media appearances, speaking events, and interviews. 

The marketing and publicity plan for You Are Enough! includes media appearances, speaking events, and interviews. 


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This book was received as an ARC from Mascot Books - Amplify Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. I really needed to read a book like this to reconfirm the choices I have made and my journey to changing my life for the better. I am familiar with Charlene Wheeless and the work she has done with her speaker series "Lessons From Being Invisible." This is the complete opposite, she says we should not let ourselves be invisible and that it is ok to stand out and be your own unique self no matter who might think otherwise. Piggy backing off of that there was one section that really hit me hard and she says never to seek permission but seek forgiveness. Forgiveness is a lot easier to obtain than permission and forgiveness allows you to let go and free yourself from the burdens of others and live your life the way you want it. I know our community will be raving for this book and I can't wait to hear and see many lives changed. We will consider adding this title to our Self-Help collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.

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Very inspirational read! Left me inspired to go after all my dreams. She is fearless and determined. I would highly recommend this book.

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Thank you to Netgalley, the author and the provider for providing a free copy of "You are Enough! Reclaiming your career and your life with purpose, passion, and unapologetic authenticity" in exchange for my honest review. The book emphasizes that we are enough just as we are and nurtures the trait of being the best in whatever you do, whether its in one's personal or professional life. It made me be more comfortable with myself and break the barriers that held me from moving ahead in life. I loved the author's personal story on battling breast cancer and how she overcame the stereotypes and biases surrounding women in her career. ‍ This is an ideal book to cultivate a spirit of confidence and self compassion.

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This was a really useful and encouraging read for someone who is early-mid career and facing many of the realities of being a person of color in that world.

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Please note that I did receive a complimentary e-book copy for review. From start to finish, two words kept resonating with me as I read : reclaim and unapologetic . Upon completion, I walked away knowing without doubt that I can unapologetically reclaim my life back. This book has been a huge blessing. Will definitely recommend to others on my journey forward. God bless !

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