Chicago United congratulates John W. Rogers, Jr., founder, Chairman, CEO and Chief Investment Officer of Chicago-based Ariel Investments.
Chicago United's Business Leaders of Color have distinguished themselves in their careers, and many of them have become published authors, sharing their experiences, wisdom and
business acumen with countless readers.

Please enjoy browsing this impressive lineup
of BLC-authored titles. 
Dirty Little Secrets

Little Black Book
Daily Motivation for Business and Personal Growth 

by Louis Carr, 2017 BLC

Carr's powerful words and unapologetic delivery are inspiring people around the country to have a new perspective on reinventing themselves, building a vision for success, and overcoming adversity. In these two books he shares important lessons that have been key to his success in life and business.
Career Mapping

by Ginny Clarke, 2015 BLC, and Echo Garrett

Ginny Clarke wrote this book with one purpose: to help people like you discover the path to a rewarding work life. A template for figuring out who you are and what you can offer to the work world, this book emerged from Ginny’s own experiences as a college recruiter, executive recruiter and a woman who broke through to the executive ranks in two male-dominated industries. 
Making Your Network
The Art and Science of Career and Business Networking 

by Billy Dexter, 2009 BLC, and Melissa G. Wilson 

Learn from Billy Dexter who has created one successful leadership network after another as a Fortune 500 executive. and Melissa G Wilson, who has spent 20+ years teaching professionals, entrepreneurs, and top corporate executives the science of networking. 
Finding My Voice 
My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward

by Valerie Jarrett, 2003 BLC

From her work ensuring equality for women and girls, advancing civil rights, reforming our criminal justice system, and improving the lives of working families, to the real stories behind some of the most stirring moments of the Obama presidency, Jarrett shares her forthright, optimistic perspective on the importance of leadership and the responsibilities of citizenship in the 21st century.
The Success Makeover: A Xente Lifestyle 

by Kevin Johnson, 2019 BLC

Are you tired of the hustle and bustle of everyday life? Are you consumed with a never-ending pursuit of traditional success? With assessment tools and exercises included, Johnson shares that the Xente lifestyle is a shift by everyday people to reconnect with their whole lives, recapturing what is truly important through a balanced approach to living. 
Becoming

by Michelle Obama, 2005 BLC

In her memoir,  former First Lady Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. She describes her triumphs and disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it.


 
Winning with Transglobal Leadership

by Nazneen Razi, PhD, 2009 BLC, LInda D. Sharkey, PhD, Robert A. Cooke, PhD, and Peter Barge

The book combines insights from a global team of author-experts. Together, they draw on an impressive range of resources―extensive original research, interviews with world-class high-performing executives, and decades of combined experience as senior executives, researchers, and consultants―to deliver an easily implemented process for assessing your organization’s global capability and developing the leaders who will drive success.  
Latino Talent 
Effective Ways to Recruit, Retain and Develop Hispanic Professionals 

by Robert Rodriguez, PhD, 2017 BLC

The book serves as an invaluable resource for anyone wanting to learn about the experiences of Hispanic Americans in the workplace and their contributions. The book provides a practical and compelling perspective on why organizations should continue to invest in developing this increasingly influential segment of the professional population. 
Auténtico: The Definitive Guide to Latino Career Success

by Robert Rodriguez, PhD, 2017 BLC, Andrés T. Tapia, 2007 BLC, and Angel Gomez


Latinos will be one-third of the U.S. population by 2050. So why are so few Latino executives and senior leaders? It's what the authors call the "4% Shame"—the low percentage of Latino corporate executives today. The book digs deep to understand the external forces of conscious and unconscious biases, and the internal forces that create tensions for many Latinos about whether to assimilate, opt out, or double down on their cultural identities in their quest to get ahead.
 
The Girlfriends's Guide to Closing the Deal 

by Melody Spann Cooper, 2007 BLC

In her semi-autobiographical book, Melody discusses how she was able to find her voice in a male-dominated industry and offers advice to her readers on how they can use their power to enhance opportunities at the highest level. This is a must-read for entrepreneurs and female executives who wants to position themselves as a driving force for change and equity at the table where the deals are done. 
The Inclusion Paradox
The Post Obama Era and the Transformation of Global Diversity

by Andrés T. Tapia, 2007 BLC,


This third edition, Andrés Tapia examines how today’s hyper-diverse world has transformed talent management and marketplace growth opportunities. With more than fifty new pages of updated facts, figures, and current event references, the book offers business, diversity, and human resources leaders new thinking and solutions to achieve breakthroughs in diversity and inclusion. 
Discover Joy in Work 
Transforming Your Occupation Into Your Vocation 

by Shundrawn A. Thomas, 2009 BLC


We are meant to experience joy in our work. But many of us struggle to find a sense of purpose or fulfillment in what we do. Is it possible for us to truly flourish in our work? Business executive Shundrawn Thomas reveals how work is intended to produce lasting value and should be meaningful and productive.  Thomas helps us to a greater understanding of our abilities and passions, which in turn will help us develop into the people we are meant to be. 
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