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Strong Like Water by Laila Tarraf


Published: April 13, 2021

She Writes Press

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Laila Tarraf is a senior human resource executive with over twenty-five years of professional experience. After graduating with her MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley, she became one of the founding team members at She then served as chief people officer at Peet’s Coffee and Tea, an iconic Bay Area premium coffee company. Currently, Laila works as the head of people and employee experience for AllBirds, is an advisor to entrepreneurs and investors and serves as a guest lecturer at Berkeley Law School.

“Less talk, more action.”

This is a heartfelt and beautifully raw memoir of Laila’s journey to discover who she is and what it means to be strong.

Everything within this book is beautiful. Laila grew up in a rather tumultuous home with parents who fought often. At a young age, Laila learned that she is a protector. She was often pushing her personal feelings down or aside to provide security for those she loved.

As this story unfolds and Laila continues to learn about life, she shares her insights professionally and personally. Laila experiences so much loss, and instead of crumbling to pieces- she keeps moving forward.

Laila is strong, she is brilliant, and she has learned what it means to be present. She has tackled many obstacles, and through it all, she has learned what it means to lead.

Laila started her growth journey at a young age when she stepped in to be the strong force for her mother. As she grows, Laila continues to be strong for those she loves. Until one day when she has a realization. It’s time to be strong for herself.

This memoir is filled with heartbreak. It is filled with loss. It is filled with so much hope. Laila has achieved so much in her life, and she has discovered her inner strength. This is a memoir about realizing that there is so much more to life than the mundane work-home-sleep-repeat.

This is a journey of appreciation. A tale of growth and believing in yourself. This is such a raw and hot water account of how we can control our circumstances and grow from any situation. If you are looking for a book filled with humanity, compassion, and the truth- you have found it.

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