Debunk the negative
connotations of “power” and
harness it for your own success

Debunk the negative connotations of “power” and harness it for your own success

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You can’t make the world fair, but you can take
back your power.

As a woman in Silicon Valley who worked her way to the top of the corporate ladder—she’s a former VP at Facebook and the current President and CEO of Ancestry—Deborah Liu knows firsthand the challenges and obstacles that keep the deck stacked against women in the workplace… and the ways to overcome them.

For every woman who grew up competing on the uneven playing field, who is told she is too aggressive, assertive, dramatic, or emotional, this book is the battle cry you need to learn to thrive within the system that exists today, even if it’s not the one we wish it were.

Take Back Your Power presents both hard data and Liu’s personal experiences from twenty years as a woman leader in the male-dominated tech industry to help you:

  • Find your voice, learn how to ask, and achieve what you want in a system that isn’t fair and wasn’t created for you.
  • Discover how to be heard, seen, and taken more seriously at work by getting out of your own way.
  • Become a great leader without losing yourself in the process.
  • Debunk the negative connotations of “power” and harness it for your own success.
  • Overcome the lie that success is only achieved alone by finding the four types of allies you need to reach your goals.
  • You have the power to change the future of work for yourself—and for women everywhere.

You can’t make the world fair, but you can take back your power.

As a woman in Silicon Valley who worked her way to the top of the corporate ladder—she’s a former VP at Facebook and the current President and CEO of Ancestry—Deborah Liu knows firsthand the challenges and obstacles that keep the deck stacked against women in the workplace… and the ways to overcome them.

For every woman who grew up competing on the uneven playing field, who is told she is too aggressive, assertive, dramatic, or emotional, this book is the battle cry you need to learn to thrive within the system that exists today, even if it’s not the one we wish it were.

Take Back Your Power presents both hard data and Liu’s personal experiences from twenty years as a woman leader in the male-dominated tech industry to help you:

  • Find your voice, learn how to ask, and achieve what you want in a system that isn’t fair and wasn’t created for you.
  • Discover how to be heard, seen, and taken more seriously at work by getting out of your own way.
  • Become a great leader without losing yourself in the process.
  • Debunk the negative connotations of “power” and harness it for your own success.
  • Overcome the lie that success is only achieved alone by finding the four types of allies you need to reach your goals.
  • You have the power to change the future of work for yourself—and for women everywhere.

What industry leaders are saying

What industry leaders are saying

Essential wisdom for every professional, from one of the most successful women leaders in Silicon Valley.

Abigail Hing Wen, New York Times Best Selling Author & Executive Producer of Loveboat, Taipei

A remarkable book by a remarkable person. Deb Liu uses her life story and the examples of other successful women, as well as the research literature, to provide practical and actionable advice about how to build power and thrive in a world that is often unfair. Although written by a woman for women, Liu’s insightful recommendations speak to everyone who has faced imposter syndrome or felt like the person who didn’t belong—which is, of course, all of us.

Jeffrey Pfeffer, Professor at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and author of 7 Rules of Power.

Deborah Liu

Ancestry, President & Chief Executive Officer

Deb Liu is the President and CEO of Ancestry. With over 19 years in the tech industry, she has been named one of Business Insider’s most powerful female engineers and one of PaymentsSource’s most influential women in payments. She was previously a senior executive at Facebook, where she created and led Facebook Marketplace, a platform for millions of people to buy from and sell to one another. She also led the development of Facebook’s first mobile ad product for apps and its mobile ad network, in addition to building the company’s games business and payments platform, which includes Facebook Pay. Prior to Facebook, she spent several years in product roles at PayPal and eBay, where she led integration between the two products. She serves on the board of Intuit and Ancestry and is a seed investor and advisor to several startups. She also holds several payments- and commerce-related patents.

Actively involved in promoting diversity in tech, Deb founded Women In Product, a nonprofit with over 30,000 members, with the goal of connecting and supporting women in the product management field. She is a member of the Committee of 100, a group of prominent Chinese Americans, and was named an A100 by Gold House, an honor recognizing impactful Asian Americans. 

Deb received a BS in Civil Engineering from Duke University and an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. Each week, she posts her thoughts in Perspectives, her Substack newsletter. She lives in California with her husband and three children, and enjoys chronicling their family adventures in her Mommy School comic strip. 

Deborah Liu

Ancestry, President & Chief Executive Officer

Deb Liu is the President and CEO of Ancestry. With over 19 years in the tech industry, she has been named one of Business Insider’s most powerful female engineers and one of PaymentsSource’s most influential women in payments. She was previously a senior executive at Facebook, where she created and led Facebook Marketplace, a platform for millions of people to buy from and sell to one another. She also led the development of Facebook’s first mobile ad product for apps and its mobile ad network, in addition to building the company’s games business and payments platform, which includes Facebook Pay. Prior to Facebook, she spent several years in product roles at PayPal and eBay, where she led integration between the two products. She serves on the board of Intuit and Ancestry and is a seed investor and advisor to several startups. She also holds several payments- and commerce-related patents.

Actively involved in promoting diversity in tech, Deb founded Women In Product, a nonprofit with over 30,000 members, with the goal of connecting and supporting women in the product management field. She is a member of the Committee of 100, a group of prominent Chinese Americans, and was named an A100 by Gold House, an honor recognizing impactful Asian Americans. She mentors a number of people in the Tech industry to help them grow in their paths.

Deb received a BS in Civil Engineering from Duke University and an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. Each week, she posts her thoughts in Perspectives, her Substack newsletter. She lives in California with her husband and three children and dog (Wonton), and enjoys chronicling their family adventures in her Mommy School comic strip.

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Happy Lunar New Year!

D (a few months ago): Daddy, if you were born on time, you could have been Year of the Bunny instead of Ox.
David: No one wants to be a stupid bunny when they can be a big strong Ox.
Danielle (quietly): I’m a bunny.
David: I love bunnies! Bunnies are my favorite!

Actually, David would have been Year of the Tiger, but someone was deeply offended and has not let her dad forget this insult.

Happy Year of the Rabbit! I rarely get to draw anymore but I pulled out my pen for the special occasion.

#mommyschool #yearoftherabbit #happylunarnewyear
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Wonton came to her forever home two years ago from @internationalpawangels. She is living her best life as the most adored and spoiled member of the family. Grandma in particular has found her daily companion.

Two years down and many years of love and fun to come!

#wontonpoodle
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A full week of holiday togetherness allowed us to check off some of the kids' wishlist. We went to see Avatar, visited Golden Gate Park, and ate out at all of their favorite places.

Now that the kids are back in school, we close another holiday with them.
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== 2023 New Year’s Resolutions ==

Each year for the past 20 years (!), I have set New Year's Resolutions. Some I keep and turn into daily habits, while others I discard in favor of other things. Thanks to these commitments, I no longer drink soda (18 years), floss daily (15 years), work out every night (10 years), eat less sugar (6 years), practice intermittent fasting (5 years), write regularly (4 years), cook for my family (3 years), and get more sleep (1 year).

For this coming year, I want to try something a bit different. I want to pick a few things I want to incorporate into my life more.

* Simplify: We are moving sometime this year, so it's time to let go of more things faster. Some of the things that we've had for a long time, I need to just deal with. Rather than making it amorphous, I commit to spending 20 minutes a day organizing or clearing things we don't need anymore. This will make the move a lot easier.
* Health: Sleep timing is as important as duration, so I want to go to bed and wake up at around the same time every day. I also want to change some of my habits so that I'm not tempted to snack when in the house. I'm adding strength training and weights to my workout this year.
* Relationships: Once we move into our new house, we want to resume entertaining and bringing people together. I hope we can do so in the latter part of the year.
* Creativity: I want to finally get around to getting Mommy School back up and running. I also will continue to write, but get more help to make it sustainable.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Thanks to my daughter who illustrated me trying to declutter.
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