A fast-paced, savvy book that takes readers through the emotional roller coaster of dealing with being fired, seamlessly integrating practical advice and women’s experiences into a narrative of resilience. Involuntary Exit is a must-read for all professional women, because—let’s face it—it could happen to any one of us.
"a must-read for career-driven people of all genders"
“Robin Merle’s Involuntary Exit is part survival guide and part group hug.”
She is a veteran of the power, value, and identity wars at the top ranks and has raised more than a half-billion dollars in philanthropy during her nearly forty years working with nonprofit organizations. She has served as a board member for three nonprofits in New York City, including the Association of Fundraising Professionals, New York City Chapter; the New York Women’s Agenda; and Women In Development, New York (WID).
She also has been a vice chair of National Philanthropy Day in New York. In 2017, she was named Woman of Achievement by WID for her leadership in fundraising and commitment to supporting women in the field. Robin is a frequent speaker at national conferences on fundraising and leadership. Her short fiction has been published in various literary magazines. Involuntary Exit is her first nonfiction book.
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Involuntary Exit has been described as a group hug and survival guide rolled into one. It includes more than 40 life hacks (a.k.a. featured Pieces of Best Advice), 15 inspirational quotes to carry with you, and 6 practices that women can apply to chart their own journey to more meaningful success. Don’t forget to check out the free Involuntary Exit Playlist on Spotify curated for each phase of your journey.
A personally signed copy of Involuntary Exit is a gift that anyone can use who is navigating the emotional roller coaster of job loss, divorce, and any separation that wasn’t in the original plan.
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The Involuntary Exit playlist is curated for each phase of your journey. For Part One: The Loyalists’ Guide to Betrayal, you can feel the truth with tracks like “Hearts a Mess” by Goyte. For Part Five: Your Brave New World, you can revel in your victories with “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. When You’re Preparing for Your Next Role in Part Four, pump up your confidence with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ “I Won’t Back Down.” Trust me, you’ll listen to these tunes again and again depending on where you are in your journey.
If you have a favorite Involuntary Exit anthem, please let me know by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d love to add your recommendations for our community to share.
New Rules – Dua Lipa
Run – Nicole Scherzinger
Narcissus – Alanis Morissette
Mad Woman – Taylor Swift
Hearts a Mess – Gotye
Cruel Summer – Bananarama
Don’t Come Around Here No More – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Nobody Seems To Care – 16 Bit Lolitas
Work B**ch – Britney Spears
Galvanize – The Chemical Brothers
Keep Holding On – Avril Lavigne
Don’t Give Up – Chicane, Bryan Adams
The Right Life – Seal
No Tears Left to Cry – Ariana Grande “
All or Nothing – Dirty Vegas
I Won’t Back Down – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Broken Glass – Rachel Platten
Light Me Up – The Pretty Reckless
Good Feeling – Flo Rida
Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
I Can See Clearly Now – Jimmy Cliff
Newborn Friend – Seal
Confident – Demi Lovato
I’m So Excited – Pointer Sisters
Keep This Party Going – The B-52s
Firework -Katy Perry
I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
Vivir Mi Vida – Marc Anthony