The Spare Room: Define Your Social Legacy to Live a More Intentional Life and Lead with Authentic Purpose

The Spare Room: Define Your Social Legacy to Live a More Intentional Life and Lead with Authentic Purpose

by Emily Chang


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Define your own Social Legacy, unlock the power to live a more intentional life, and lead with greater purpose and authenticity.

Emily Chang is a seasoned executive who has worked with some of the world’s most renowned companies like Procter & Gamble, Apple, and Starbucks. Over the last twenty-one years, her job has brought her and her family to eight different homes across the U.S and China. And everywhere she’s lived, Emily has found herself at the unique intersection of her Offer and Offense. Life has served up young people who have been abused, neglected or marginalized, to find sanctuary in her spare room. Among her deeply personal accounts, Emily shares heart-wrenching stories of an emotionally abused child bride, a dying eighteen-month old boy born with hydrocephalus, and the abused daughter of a local prostitute.

With the sixteen young people she and her family have cared for, Emily has found that living into her Social Legacy has not only deeply enriched her home life, it has also enabled her to become a more authentic and relatable leader in the workplace. Each time she opened the door to her spare room, Emily found herself in a front row seat, witnessing one of life’s incredible stories unfold. Integrating work and life, she introduced her spare room kids to colleagues and encourages her team members to invest in their own Social Legacies.

Now more than ever, social purpose has become an urgent leadership imperative. The Spare Room will help you identify your Social Legacy to live a more intentional life and lead with authentic purpose.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781642937626
Publisher: Post Hill Press
Publication date: 04/06/2021
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 746,432
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Emily Chang is currently the CEO for McCann Worldgroup, China, and previously served as the Chief Marketing Officer for Starbucks, China, and the Chief Commercial Officer for InterContinental Hotels group, Greater China. Earlier in her career, she led Retail Marketing for Apple in Asia-Pacific and began her career with eleven years at Procter & Gamble. She is an action-oriented visionary known for cross-cultural team engagement, innovative brand building, and authentic people leadership.

Emily has spoken at select conferences and events, including Fortune Most Powerful Women’s Summit, C2 in Montréal, and has delivered three TEDx talks. With her husband of twenty years, eleven-year-old daughter, rescue mutt named Holly Berry, and pygmy hedgehog named Scarlett Jellybean, she has shared her spare room with sixteen young people, five dogs, one turtle, one guinea pig, and 129 snails. To learn more about Emily, please visit

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