You Don't Have to Be Everything: Poems for Girls Becoming Themselves

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Workman Publishing
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5.4 X 8.1 X 0.6 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author
About the Authors
Diana Whitney Ph.D.
is the President of Corporation for Positive Change, an international consulting firm specializing in the application of Appreciative Inquiry - the revolutionary process she helped develop and spread - to resolve the most pressing challenges of our time. In fields ranging from healthcare to education; from peace-building to business; from community development to government, Diana coaches executives and their teams in support of organization culture transformation, and strategic development. With over thirty years of experience, her clients include Merck, British Airways, Verizon, J&J, Calgary Health Region, University of Virginia Health System, Idaho Department of Education, and Sisters of Good Shepherd.

Diana is a Founder of the Taos Institute, a center for dialogue among family therapists, educators and organization consultants. She is a Fellow of the World Business Academy. She is a Distinguished Consulting Faculty at Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center where she teaches and advises PhD students. She is an expert faculty for the NCR Picker Patient Centered Care Institute. Diana was also the President of the Philadelphia Chapter of SHRM.

Dr. Whitney received her Ph.D. from Temple University (1980) in the field of Organizational Communication. Her early research into the dissemination of educational innovations funded by the National Institute of Education created an agenda for the ongoing development of educational R&D laboratories throughout the United States.

Amanda Trosten-Bloom is Managing Director for Corporation for Positive Change - the premier consulting firm using Appreciative Inquiry for transformation and innovation in business, government and nonprofits around the world. One of the first consultants to use Appreciative Inquiry for whole system change in a business setting, Amanda is also an internationally recognized Appreciative Inquiry trainer, author and speaker. Her work focuses primarily on strength-based change in the areas of culture transformation, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, leadership development, and business process improvement.

Kae Rader MPA is an associate with the Corporation for Positive Change (CPC), Kae is one of a select few from around the world licensed to facilitate CPC's Appreciative Leadership Development Program. She has more than 30 years of management and leadership and service in the nonprofit sector, Kae Rader is a dynamic facilitator and results-oriented consultant who specialize in positive, practical approaches to organizational effectiveness. Clients in her consulting practice include: U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, Idaho State Board of Education and USA Diving. She speaks on the fundamentals of Appreciative Inquiry and its value to enhancing organizational effectiveness.


"This is such a beautiful gathering of voices, such a beautiful gathering of poems. If I had had this book when I was younger, it would have enriched my life. But I'm so incredibly grateful I get to read it, and be changed by it, now." -- Ross Gay, author of the New York Times bestseller The Book of Delights

"Varied and vibrant...the collection pulses with a vital and confident energy, embracing contradictions and complexity."--Boston Globe

"Each poem addresses a different complex aspect of coming-of-age struggles while confronting persistent views about femininity. You Don't Have to Be Everything provides a safe and guiding poetic space for young women to come into their true selves."--The Root

"Self-acceptance, bravery, celebration." --Ms. Magazine

"This collection feels like a gift, a pep talk, a shoulder to cry on, and, most of all, a mirror that will captivate its audience. A helpful companion for young women navigating a spectrum of complex emotions" -- Kirkus Reviews

"This empowering assemblage of poems by an inclusive group of women writers offers insight and community to readers navigating adolescence... Whitney's introduction offers a message that permeates the volume's entirety: "We are already enough." -- Publishers Weekly

"Whitney, a poet, author, and essayist, brings diversity to the forefront, with poems presenting a refreshingly inclusive array of perspectives, including from trans and nonbinary poets..." -- Booklist

"The poems in this gorgeous book glitter like stars, like sequins, like a blade. And they constitute an invitation to our girls to be free--to be whole. How breathtakingly precious that is! How devastatingly rare. I am reminded (again and again) that art is here to save our lives." -- Catherine Newman, author of How to Be a Person

"This book is as beautiful to look at as it is to read, and full of important messages that every girl should hear." -- Lisa Selin Davis, author of Tomboy: The Surprising History and Future of Girls Who Dare to be Different

"What company this book would have provided me if I could have had it when I was young! The poems sing and celebrate, mourn and commiserate, question and assert. The smartly edited collection displays the tremendous vitality and diversity of women poets today and offers a soulful read for "girls becoming themselves" at any age, even my own." -- Beth Ann Fennelly, author of Heating Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs