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  • Shari E. Belitz, Esq.

Shari recently co-authored an anthology available on Amazon the Week of November 2, 2020.

#Networked: The Decameron Meets Linkedin

A Global Pandemic. A Social Network. Fifty Women Lawyers. Twenty Stories.

If Giovanni Boccaccio Zoomed into 2020, was a lawyer instead of a writer, and spent copious amounts of time writing posts on Linkedin rather than writing Italian Renaissance literature, The Decameron may have looked a lot different. Replace the bucolic Florentine countryside with a fast-paced social networking site; the ten carefree Italian youths with fifty ambitious, hard charging women lawyers, and The Decameron may look a lot like #Networked, the first book of its kind to emerge from the COVID-19 global pandemic. #Networked is the much anticipated twenty-chapter anthology written by twenty women lawyers who met through a networking group on Linkedin in the early days of the pandemic. Much like the framework of the Decameron, each chapter in #Networked is written by one woman describing both her individual experience, and collective experience and role within the group. The women’s stories touch upon many of Boccaccio’s universal themes of the human condition: The human will, love, virtue, societal tensions. Make no mistake, not all themes in #Networked transcend time, this is a modern anthology. The protagonists are all very much entrenched in 2020 with plenty of emphasis given to careers, work-life balance, and the best lighting for virtual calls. The multi-dimensional characters also dig deep conquering topics such as infertility, addiction, allyship, feminism, and mental health. Patricia Baxter, founder of the networking group was quoted as saying “looking back at everything that transpired, it’s clear to me that our stories are also the stories of thousands of other professional women. In doing this, we not only lifted one another up, but we did it in a way that supported and empowered us all. What happened to me was transformative and real, and as I realize now, profoundly important.”

#Networked will be available the week of November 2, 2020 and can purchased on Amazon.

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