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Book Review: Women in High Gear


During ice-cream-after-work that turn to dinner-and-tea, my friend Rachel told me about a book her husband’s aunt had written. (Her husband, Andrew, and I studied Entrepreneurship together and can’t help but chat  about web stuff when we’re together. He’s brilliant and runs a growing inbound marketing agency in Pittsburgh).

The book is about successful women in business, as told by Anne Deeter Gallaher and Amy D. Howell. Rachael and Andrew both said I’d enjoy and gave it to me to borrow.

They were correct.

I was able to finish the short, 13-chapters this morning (while eating vanilla granola from Trader Joe’s).

The book, Women in High Gear, is packed with practical advice for women who want to take control of their professional developments. It was inspirational and one of those, “Let’s get out and do it!” books. The kind that wants to make you forget your friends and pour 20 hours a day into making your business dreams a reality.

As a lifelong business-lady (read: business camp during high school, career day speaker, FBLA, B.S. in Entrepreneurship, and JJCrochet), I can’t get enough of material like this.

I especially appreciated the charge to create strong networks with respected people in the industry and local communities, as well as the advice tailored to corporate women in their 20s. Often the only content us 24-year old girls hear is how to make our gel manicures last longer (prime your nails with lemon juice), but never how to advance our careers.

Amy advises:

I often tell young women in their 20s without children yet to work hard while they can and use this time to invest in their careers. It’s so important to their futures… Assume you know nothing. Don’t try to exert your wisdom if you don’t have it. You must earn your place by working hard and self-study. If you try and push, you’ll get the push back you are looking for. If you do, be ready.

What great advice.

The women also talk about having emotional intelligence and resilience, being decisive, and the power of being able to tell your own story–both on and offline. Though a short book, I found it refreshing to hear from women who have used social media and business accumen to transform their careers into “high gear”. Both the women are Christians which to me, makes their stories more relatable.

If you have an hour of two and are looking for something to give you that boost you need–whether for your craft business or corporate job–I’d encourage you to check out this book!



  • Anne Deeter Gallaher

    July 20, 2013

    Thank you so much, Jayna, for the great book review of Women in High Gear. And a big shout out to Rachael and Andrew Dymski! Amy and I love to hear from young women who are setting high gear goals and taking advantage of new opportunities–and creating their own! Hope to meet you if you visit the Dymski farm any time soon! Or, maybe Amy and I need to take our WiHG Book Tour to Pittsburgh! Keep the entrepreneurial fire hot! Cheers! Anne

  • JJCrochet

    July 20, 2013

    Thanks, Anne! I hope we get to connect soon. Between Andrew and me, we have some connections with the Entrepreneurship Department at Grove City College & the E. Center at Linden Point (http://www.ecenterlindenpointe.com/). We’d love to host you. If your WiHG book tour wants to make the road trip, we’ll get you in!

  • Amy Howell

    July 22, 2013

    This is awesome! Thank you Jayna!

  • Ekaterina

    November 11, 2015

    Loved this post! (As usual) my husband and I are coinmg up on our first wedding anniversary. Weddings really do put things into perspective. Your pictures are beautiful! Could you do a post on things to make for a man? I think I want to make my husband something unique but not sure what to whip up. Maybe part of his anniversary gift?Hope you have a great weekend, thanks for the post!!!Stephanie

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