My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change
Spiegel & Grau
On Sale: September 19, 2017
Hardcover / e-Book
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In 2015, Ellen K. Pao sued a powerhouse Silicon Valley
venture capital firm, calling out workplace discrimination
and retaliation against women and other underrepresented
groups. Her suit rocked the tech world—and exposed its toxic
culture and its homogeneity. Her message overcame negative
PR attacks that took aim at her professional conduct and her
personal life, and she won widespread public support—Time
hailed her as “the face of change.” Though Pao lost her
suit, she revolutionized the conversation at tech offices,
in the media, and around the world. In Reset, she tells her
full story for the first time.
The daughter of immigrants, Pao was taught that through hard
work she could achieve her dreams. She earned multiple Ivy
League degrees, worked at top startups, and in 2005 was
recruited by Kleiner Perkins, arguably the world’s leading
venture capital firm at the time. In many ways, she did
everything right, and yet she and other women and people of
color were excluded from success—cut out of decisive
meetings and email discussions, uninvited to CEO dinners and
lavish networking trips, and had their work undercut or
appropriated by male executives. It was time for a system reset.
After Kleiner, Pao became CEO of reddit, where she took
forceful action to change the status quo for the company and
its product. She banned revenge porn and unauthorized nude
photos—an action other large media sites later followed—and
shut down parts of reddit over online harassment. She and
seven other women tech leaders formed Project Include, an
award-winning nonprofit for accelerating diversity and
inclusion in tech. In her book, Pao shines a light on
troubling issues that plague today’s workplace and lays out
practical, inspiring, and achievable goals for a better future.
Ellen K. Pao’s Reset is a rallying cry—the story of a
whistleblower who aims to empower everyone struggling to be
heard, in Silicon Valley and beyond.
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