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Tiffany Dufu presents DROP THE BALL

Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 7:00pm

Tiffany Dufu launches her ground-breaking memoir Drop the Ball: Achieving More by Doing Less—foreword by Gloria Steinem—with a discussion of the book and audience Q&A. The first 100 drinks are free, sponsored by Flatiron Books. Additional beverages and snacks will be available for purchase. A signing will follow the program, with books for sale from our friends at WORD Bookstore.

About Drop the Ball

Nationally-recognized expert on women’s leadership and Millennial talent retention, and adviser to Fortune 500 companies, Tiffany Dufu figured out early on what it takes for a woman to get to the top at work: letting go at home. Once the queen of doing it all, Dufu no longer opens her family’s mail, she does not fill out her children’s school forms, she doesn’t schedule play dates or pick up the dry cleaning—her husband does, and he has a demanding career of his own. In Drop the Ball, Dufu recounts her journey toward the realization that the only way she’d ever have the energy and resources necessary to thrive in her career would be if she were to relinquish her to-do list at home.

Even though women are half the workforce, they still represent only eighteen per cent of the highest level leaders. The reasons are obvious: just as women reach middle management they are also starting families. Mounting responsibilities at work and home leave them with no bandwidth to do what will most lead to their success. Offering new perspective on why the women’s leadership movement has stalled, and packed with actionable advice, Tiffany Dufu’s Drop the Ball shows how one woman learned that in order to have it all, she had to stop doing it all. Dufu urges women to embrace imperfection, to expect less of themselves and more from others—only then can they focus on what they truly care about and give themselves the space they need to flourish.

About the author

Tiffany Dufu was named by The Huffington Post as one of 19 "women who are leading the way" amongst luminaries such as Hillary Clinton and Diane Sawyer. She is currently the Chief Leadership Officer to Levo and was a launch team member to Lean In. She was included in Fast Company's League of Extraordinary Women and has been featured in The New York Times, The Seattle Times, and on NPR and Bloomberg. She is a sought after speaker on women's and Gen Y leadership and has presented at Fortune Magazine's Most Powerful Women Summit and TEDxWomen. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children. Drop the Ball is her first book.

"There are two ways that a system of power stays in power. The first is obvious--unequal laws, unequal opportunity, very unequal money, and violence or the threat of violence--the second is more internal and difficult to uproot. Tiffany Dufu's Drop the Ball is crucial because it takes on that deeper system. She is the right author for this important moment in time. She offers actionable wisdom to pass from one woman to another, from her family to yours. She not only shows that we all gain when women become part of, contribute our talents to, and are ourselves changed by the world outside the home, but also how we will gain when men become part of, contribute their talents to, and are themselves changed by the world inside the home. We need women and men who lead by example, as Tiffany Dufu does for readers on these pages."

—From the Foreword by Gloria Steinem

"We won't reach equality in the workplace without equality in the home. Drop the Ball shows how everyone benefits when men work towards equality -- and how our relationships and our lives are richer when we lean in together."

—Sheryl Sandberg, New York Times bestselling author of Lean In

"Tiffany Dufu's wise personal story offers real solutions for women who are struggling to be all things to everyone -- both at home and at work. I would have loved to have had Tiffany's warm, funny, brilliant voice in my ear when I was getting started in my career and juggling the demands of a growing family. Drop the Ball is full of useful advice and it is an empowering manifesto for all women looking to lead balanced, happy, successful lives."

—Soledad O'Brien, CEO Starfish Media and host of Matter Of Fact TV

 

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