Using posts from her “Just Between Us Girls” blog that follows her courageous battle with breast cancer, lectures from her popular “Lessons from Being Invisible” speaking series, and personal accounts of her climb to being one of the first Black female executives in traditionally White and male-dominated industries, Charlene’s voice is one that resonates across every spectrum; a clear, compelling voice that everyone needs to hear. Charlene’s experiences provide a compass for individuals and corporations looking to change their course, alter their patterns, and expand their ways of thinking and being. With raw honesty, blazing courage, and solution-driven sensibility, Charlene reminds us that despite the setbacks, struggles, and obstacles life throws our way, we can and must be seen. We must not be invisible. We must be our own authentic selves. In short: We are enough!


May 11, 2021


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"All those executives reading Isabel Wilkerson and Robin Diangelo who are trying to understand why their black employees are so angry now need to add Charlene Wheeless to their bedside tables. Charlene is a “first Black woman to,” many times over. And while she isn’t a whiner and has no regrets, she offers a view of corporate America that will open your eyes. The fact that she had to confront cancer, as well, only adds to this mini-memoir’s power.”

Alan Murray

CEO, Fortune Media
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“Plenty of people offer advice. Few offer wisdom. By sharing her life and experiences, Charlene Wheeless invites readers on a remarkable journey of self-discovery gaining profound insights along the way. Hers is a powerful, empowering voice–an important one for our times. This is a book for everyone. Everyone who reads this book will be enriched."

Phillip Barlag

Executive Director, World 50
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“Charlene is a remarkable person, and there is something for each of us to learn from her experience. Her stories are full of examples of her tenacity in facing the kind of adversity that comes from having to fight for everything you have, but doing it with grace, smarts, and authenticity. It is these characteristics that Charlene brought to her most difficult battle—facing and fighting cancer. For so many people, getting cancer and dealing with this horrible disease is a transformational event. Some people are overtaken by the trauma of dealing with it, but You Are Enough! reminds us all that we are in charge of ourselves. Our response and coping methods are within our own control. So, thank you, Charlene, for the gift of these lessons and for being so brave in putting it all out there so we can apply these lessons to our own lives.”

Margery Kraus

Founder and Executive Chairman, APCO Worldwide
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"‍You Are Enough! is elegant in its straightforwardness. It is sensitively written, albeit raw. Charlene shares in a way that made me feel fully accepted as she shared her intimate story, and like I was intruding at the same time. The book is honest, genuine, courageous, and at all times REAL, and by the way—it is very smartly written. I loved it.”

Bill Heyman

CEO, Heyman Associates Executive Search
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“I want to congratulate you on your vision, book presentation, content and motivation found within your book. Many people will benefit from reading and applying the wisdom, insight, and authenticity of your journey. I started reading it and couldn't put it down. It took me on an unexpected journey where it became apparent that when you are able to travel with someone on their journey, it actually allows you to see your own life. This was very profound. What I have learned from you will change the shape of my life going forward. Many, many thanks to you for this."

Phyllis Newhouse

CEO, Xtreme Solutions/Founder of Shoulder Up/Host of LI Talks
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"By sharing her story — her whole story — with the world, Charlene Wheeless has given us a gift. Whether you relate to her descriptions of racial injustice, have faced challenges like abuse and cancer, have experiences similar to hers from your own career, or all of the above, everyone can find an aspect of her story that resonates. Each chapter is built around valuable lessons it took Charlene years to learn, something young people just starting their careers can really benefit from. Frankly, not so young people can benefit, too. I recognized myself over and over throughout the book and knowing that someone of Charlene’s caliber shared some of my biggest fears was reassuring in a whole new way. Without a doubt, this book will give more people permission to come forward and tell their stories without shame."

Jane Randel

Co-Founder, and Co-Founder, KarpRandel
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