You Are Enough!

Reclaiming Your Career and Your Life with Purpose, Passion, and Unapologetic Authenticity

YOU ARE ENOUGH! chronicles Charlene Wheeless’s fearless quest to be the best possible version of herself in every aspect of her life—at work and at home. For Charlene, this means busting up stereotypes, breaking down barriers, and flat-out refusing to be ignored, pigeonholed, or forgotten.

Using blog posts from 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 voice that demands being heard.

Charlene's experiences serve as 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 be seen. We must not be invisible. We must be our own authentic selves. In short: We are enough!

ISBN: 978-1-64543-586-0
SKU: 08-717-01
Categories:Amplify Publishing, Business and Finance, Thought Leadership, Inspiration and Personal Success, Self-Esteem and Personal Success, Memoirs and Biographies

"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 to gain profound insights along the way. Hers is a powerful, empowering voice and 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

"Charlene is a remarkable person, and there is something each of us can 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, being diagnosed with 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 and that our response to and way we cope with these challenges 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

"All those executives reading Isabel Wilkerson and Robin Diangelo to understand why their Black employees are so angry now need to add Charlene Wheeless to their bedside tables. She 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

"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 recounted her intimate story, and also made me feel 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

"This is a stirring tale of a brilliant communicator and cancer survivor who has made the most of her life in every way." —Richard Edelman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Edelman Public Relations

"With a level of candor, transparency, and, yes, authenticity that will surprise you, Charlene Wheeless dispenses sound advice for living that all of us can learn from. Her personal story had already inspired me—and I know her well as a leader, colleague, and friend—but there are new details here that brought tears to my eyes and nourishment to my soul. I promise you will love this book." —Roger Bolton, CEO, Page Society

Charlene Wheeless

Communications Executive

Charlene Wheeless is a renowned communications expert, author, and speaker, and a powerhouse in business and in life. Following a three-year battle with cancer, she launched a strategic advisory firm, Charlene Wheeless, LLC, and joined APCO Worldwide, a global advisory and advocacy communications consultancy, as the senior advisor for equity and justice. A key voice in the future of the communications profession, Charlene is the chairman of the board of trustees for Page Society, the world’s leading professional association for senior public relations and corporate communications executives.

Charlene has lived the experience of being a Black female executive at several leading global companies. The accumulation of her experiences has positioned her as a cornerstone in driving anti-racist practices, inclusivity, diversity, and belonging in corporate environments. She is a gifted speaker and contributor to business and lifestyle publications, including Chief Executive, Business Insider, Chief Learning Officer, Thrive Global, and Fast Company, among others. Charlene has been named one of the most influential PR professionals for five consecutive years, inducted into the PR Week Hall of Femme and the PR Global Powerbook, and was inducted in The Network Journal’s 2017 25 Influential Black Women in Business.

Charlene holds a BA in journalism and public relations, an MA in public communication, and an MBA. She resides in Northern Virginia with her husband and two dogs. She also has two adult daughters.