from my bookshelf: the most powerful woman in the room is you by lydia fenet


the most powerful woman in the room is you gave me the wake up call i needed. once i started reading it, i woke up a little earlier, had a spring in my step, and felt reenergized about my career path (and gave me peace about not knowing exactly what my career path may look like in 5 years, 10 years, 20 years!). author lydia fenet is the managing director and global head of strategic partnerships at christie’s auction house. she explains her story of how she got to that position after starting out as an intern using anecdotes and incorporating advice from other powerhouse women in various fields. while the book certainly explains why fenet is impressive, it is equally if not more effective at empowering other women to forge their own unique path to success.


“Remember that you have to  believe in yourself and in what you are selling in order for other people to believe in it too. It takes energy to pretend to be someone else, and I prefer to use that energy to nail the sale.”

“No matter how much you love  your job, your company, your role, you are going to be compensated adequately only be negotiating for what you deserve.”

“Educating yourself about money–how to use it, how to spend it, how to make it, how to save it, how to make more of it–is one of the most important things you can do in your life.”

“The Most Powerful Woman in the Room doesn’t do it alone; she doesn’t want to do it alone. She wants everyone to succeed as much as she wants to succeed.”

“And when you are trying to sell, the human connection–and understanding the objectives of the person you are selling to–is the piece that can make or break your pitch.”