Ellen Pao

Cofounder and CEO, Project Include and author, Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change
Ellen Pao
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So You Want To Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo

“[Oluo] has a very direct and accessible way of breaking down racism so you can see what it looks like in real life and take thoughtful actions to do something about it.”

Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other Close, Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman

“In these times, we need friendships more than ever.”

Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code, Ruha Benjamin

“Princeton professor Ruha Benjamin dispels the myth of equity in new forms of technology as she breaks down the New Jim Code one example at a time.”

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Explore our Author Talks series of interviews, this month’s best-selling business books prepared exclusively for McKinsey Publishing by NPD, and a collection of books by McKinsey authors on the management issues that matter, from leadership and talent to digital transformation, corporate finance, and more.

Valuation: Measuring and Managing the Value of Companies, 7th edition

At the crossroads of corporate strategy and finance lies valuation. This book enables everyone, from the budding professional to the seasoned manager, to excel at measuring and maximizing shareholder and company value.

Fast Times: How digital winners set direction, learn, and adapt

Winning in the digital age requires both lightning speed and thoughtful deliberation. Companies able to master this paradox are emerging as today's winners. Those that can't will be sold for parts.

Strategy Beyond the Hockey Stick

– The new book on how to beat the odds with a bold strategy

Acknowledgments

It takes a village to curate amazing lists from this rather busy group of leaders from all over the world. We would like to thank Nikhil Deogun, Mitra S. Kalita, Gabriella Stern, Rebecca Lowell Edwards, Steve Lipin, Sara Blask, Karen Wickre, Ailish Campbell, Anya Schiffrin, Tom Weber, Shernaz Daver, Jose Zamora, and Judi Mackey for their help.

Within McKinsey Global Publishing, Mike Borruso, Heather Byer, Philip Mathew, Louis Vizzi, Dan Redding, and Torea Frey were instrumental in making this year’s list come alive.

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