A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending CultureCon(recap here CultureCon 2019). One of the highlights of the event was an interview with Tracee Ellis Ross and Elaine Welteroth. Elaine Welteroth was the second youngest and only black Editor-in Chief at Conde Nast. One of the goodies attendees received at CultureCon was Elaine’s new book, More Than Enough. I was super excited because it was on my list of books to read.
More Than Enough, is an autobiography of Elaine’s personal and professional life. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I can honestly say that this book is amazing! For anyone who is feeling stuck in their professional life, this is a great pick-me-up.
One of the overarching themes in the book is race. Elaine is biracial and documents all the ways in which this has played out in her life personally and professionally. As an African-American woman, I can relate. She highlights the dichotomy of hearing news such as the murder of Erin Garner or Trayvon Martin and expecting everyone in the office to be as outraged as you are, only to walk into work and no one even mentions it. This scenario has played out for me multiple times. Even in the most liberal of offices, murders like this are never mentioned, never discussed. It’s a painful reminder that part of privilege is willful ignorance.
Reading More Than Enough, I felt seen. I felt understood. Elaine is able to bring issues of race, privilege within the African-American community, and professional strife in a way that is relatable to anyone. To all my readers, I encourage you to pick this book up, you won’t be disappointed!