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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"Consultant Wheeless was the first person in her family to attend college, and she’s been the youngest person, the first woman, the first Black person, or the first woman of color in each new role on her way to the executive suite. In 2017, at the age of 53, she was leading corporate affairs for a $40 billion global company when a breast cancer diagnosis changed her life. In 15 short chapters with titles such as “Quit Whining,” “Ask for What You Want,” “Work Is Personal,” and “It Is Not All About You,” she offers practical pep talks bolstered by personal anecdotes. Each chapter begins with an inspirational quotation from a famous figure, such as Maya Angelou, Marianne Williamson, or William Faulkner. Several incorporate posts selected from a blog the author wrote to document her experience of cancer treatment, complications that led to multiple surgeries, and her recovery. The inspirational messages, such as “embrace your own authentic self” and “the days are long, but the years are short,” bear repeating even though they will be familiar to self-help readers. Still, the author’s voice is sincere, breezy, upbeat, and surprisingly relatable considering her impressive accomplishments. Her perspective feels authentic and refreshingly down-to-earth, and she presents stories of her encounters with gender, age, and racial bias with honesty and without bitterness. Wheeless admits to her own faults, foibles, and mistakes; at the same time, she expresses pride in her achievements; gratitude for those who helped, supported, and inspired her; and dedication to helping, supporting, and inspiring others, in turn. Her strong, personal Christian faith and sense of humor are also evident throughout the text. An upbeat, engaging guide to navigating work and life challenges."

A successful business executive and cancer survivor shares life lessons in this motivational memoir.

Kirkus Reviews
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I really needed to read a book like this to reconfirm the choices I have made and my journey to changing my life for the better. I am familiar with Charlene Wheeless and the work she has done with her speaker series "Lessons From Being Invisible." This is the complete opposite, she says we should not let ourselves be invisible and that it is ok to stand out and be your own unique self no matter who might think otherwise. Piggy backing off of that there was one section that really hit me hard and she says never to seek permission but seek forgiveness. Forgiveness is a lot easier to obtain than permission and forgiveness allows you to let go and free yourself from the burdens of others and live your life the way you want it. I know our community will be raving for this book and I cant wait to hear and see many lives changed. We give this book 5 stars.

You are Enough!

Net Galley Reviews
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Charlene Wheeless's You Are Enough1 is part memoir, part motivational guide; it draws on Wheeless's experiences climbing the corporate ladder and battling breast cancer to illustrate life lessons for others. Wheeless's experience in corporate communications is apparent in the clarity of the text. The book's concise storytelling helps to make its messages resonant, as do Wheeless's authentic, frank admissions, as of being chronically late, and regarding mistakes that could have gotten her fired; these contribute to career advice that can be applied in any industry. Blog posts are included at the end of many chapters; these are just as compelling as the text itself. Many help to punctuate Wheeless's lessons learned. The blog began after Wheeless's 2017 breast cancer diagnosis; the same event is credited with prompting her to write a book, but is only part of the complex story that Wheeless tells throughout. Declaring "Everything that I have or haven't done or that has happened to me, for me, against me, or around me has led me to this moment and prepared me to tell my story," You Are Enough! is an inspirational text that's filled with practical advice for working and living with passion and purpose.

You Are Enough! is an inspirational text that's filled with practical advice for working and living with passion and purpose.

Clarion Reviews
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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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