Penguin Bookshop Writers Series: A Conversation with Minda Harts

A Virtual Conversation with Minda Harts about her book The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table

Thursday, October 8, 2020
7:00 PM ET

Order a copy of the book from the Penguin Bookshop and you will receive a link to our event!



Join us for a very special evening with author Minda Harts as we celebrate the paperback release of her book, The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table! Minda will talk about her work and her book The Memo with our moderator, LaVern Burton, Sewickley Academy's Diversity Director and the leader of the Penguin Bookshop's chapter of the Well Read Black Girl Book Club. The conversation will conclude with a Q&A from the audience.

This event will be held virtually via ZOOM and will last approximately an hour.


All you need to do to attend this event is purchase a copy of The Memo! Anyone who orders their copy from us before Wednesday, October 7th will automatically receive access to the event. We will send out an email to all attendees the week before the launch with a Zoom link to attend. 


The Memo is the much-needed career advice guide for women of color specifically, finally ending the one-size-fits-all approach of business books that lump together women across races and overlook the unique barriers to success for women of color. In a charismatic and relatable voice, Minda Harts brings her entrepreneurial experience as CEO of The Memo to the page, as well as her past career life as a fundraising consultant to top colleges across the country.


Minda Harts is the best-selling author of The Memo: What Women of Color Need To Know To Secure A Seat At The Table. She is also the CEO of The Memo LLC, a career development platform for women of color. Minda is an Assistant Professor at NYU Wagner. She has been featured on MSNBC's Morning Joe, ​Fast​ ​Company​, The Guardian​, and Time Magazine. Minda frequently speaks at companies like Microsoft, Levi's, Google, and Bloomberg on topics such as Leadership, Managing Diverse Teams and Self-Advocacy. She also hosts a weekly podcast called Secure The Seat.



LaVern Burton has been the Director of Equity and Inclusion at Sewickley Academy for the last 6 years. She has been the Director of  Diversity in the Independent school world for over 15 years and is passionate about systemic ways to not only improve visibility and experiences for those on the margin, but also share information that helps everyone lean into difficult conversations. She is a New Englander who has consulted, mentored, traveled, and hosted conferences that have been student and adult inspired and led. 


“Harts provides a necessary guide written from and to women of color, focusing on ‘building your squad,’ navigating office politics, managing in a world that is anything but post racial, and investing in oneself and one’s career.... The result is a much-needed new perspective on an overwhelmingly white genre.”
Publishers Weekly

“We don’t have to fight what was once invisible and unspoken, and we don’t have to do it alone, unprepared, or with eye rolls and resignations. I’m talking to myself and my daughter here. We can be well informed and make the best choices for our lives and financial well-being even if we don’t have an experienced sister or friend or mentor to talk to. We have one now in The Memo. In this eye-opening and timely book, Minda Harts puts words to our discomfort and our at-work slights, and gives us solutions and action steps to help secure our professional development and well being. The Memo is a must read for all women of color in business.”
Natashia Deón, NAACP Image Award Nominee & Author of Grace

“Harts offers plenty of advice, as well as valuable resources like email introduction templates, podcast suggestions, do’s and don’ts, and more. The book has been dubbed a Lean In for women of color and will surely be popular, especially among young professional women and those interested in diversity and inclusion.”

“An essential and honest guide to taking our rightful place in the C-Suite with tangible solutions about how to break barriers and pave a new path for ourselves and the next generation.”
— Jamia Wilson, Director and Publisher of the Feminist Press

The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table Cover Image
ISBN: 9781541675414
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Seal Press - September 15th, 2020

Event address: 
Penguin Bookshop
417 Beaver Street
Sewickley, PA 15143
Event date: 
Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm