A Saner Way to Climb : One Woman’s Journey to the Top of the Communications World

Over three decades, Charlene Wheeless rose steadily through the ranks of corporate communication. In almost every job, she was the first Black woman to (fill in the blank)—including in her current role, as chairman of the Page Society. When Wheeless became chief communications officer of a global infrastructure company several years ago, she thought she had reached the mountaintop. Then, breast cancer—a long, vicious battle turned her world upside down. Returning to work, she found herself bewildered by the absurd amount of work she used to do, and enraged by all the years she’d spent “turning myself inside out” to conform to corporate life. She wondered, “What did I give up for this level of success?” And she started over, as she says inher new memoir You Are Enough! “Reclaiming your career and your life with purpose, passion, and unapologetic authenticity.” In her first major speech about her journey, Wheeless will share what she learned—in vivid detail and with concrete advice, for everyone managing a career now, and a life.