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September 27, 2017


Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change

by N@ncy

  • Author: E. Pao
  • Title: Reset: My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change
  • Published: 2017
  • Trivia:  List of challenges 2017



  1. Ellen Pao speaks frankly about issues in her work environment that
  2. compelled her to expose hard truths.
  3. She discloses what kept her going and what got in her way.
  4. Book: first-person account exposing the
  5. …toxic culture that pervades the tech industry.
  6. 2012: Pao started a law suit against her employer
  7. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers for gender discrimination.
  8. 2015: The trial, lasting 24 days, resulted in a
  9. favorable verdict for Kleiner Perkins.
  10. 2016: Lao launched Project Include, an advocacy group aimed at
  11. …improving diversity in the technology industry.
  12. 2017: Pao’s first book is published.
  13. Ellen Pao:  “My lawsuit failed. Others won’t”
  14. It was an interesting exposé.
  15. Ellen Pao  “broke a lot of glass” in the tech industry. (218)
  16. The message I took from the book was  in short
  17. It’s time for tech companies to accept that they are the problem
  18. not the women or minorities in tech suing or speaking up.


Last Thoughts:

  1. Pao’s argument has merit, gender discrimination must be addressed.
  2. In this case reading the book was better than listening to the audio version.
  3. Pao’s voice and tone is too ‘casual and were filled with cliches
  4. that irritated this listener.
  5. Her last chapter contained her solutions but felt they
  6. like a QVC (Quality Value Convenience) selling her product
  7. …the advocacy group: Project Include.
  8. I was not impressed but because it deals
  9. with an important issue….I gave it 3 stars.


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3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Oct 8 2017

    I’m sorry to hear this wasn’t better written! As a woman in tech, I’m definitely interested in this memoir, but I’m never sure how much to expect from memoirs by people who are famous for something other than writing well 🙂


    • Oct 9 2017

      As I said …the issue is very important an must be brought to the attention to others and especially to the ‘powers that be’ in the tech world.
      Pao’s style was too ‘watercooler’ discussion’ ,,,for my taste. (…series of anecdotes of harassment). For sure the CEO’s have been warned….women will not tolerate this behavoir any longer! I hope you read it and see what you think!



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