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The Spare Room

Define Your Social Legacy to Live a More Intentional Life and Lead with Authentic Purpose

Published by Post Hill Press
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

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.

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

Product Details

  • Publisher: Post Hill Press (April 6, 2021)
  • Length: 256 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781642937626

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Raves and Reviews

"Filled with positivity in the midst of a changing, complex world, this book weaves a narrative of inspiring stories and practical advice. The Spare Room is a lighthouse in today's storm...a call to action for anyone seeking to live a more intentional, purposeful life." 

– Arianna Huffington, Founder & CEO, Thrive Global

"Emily Chang understands the power of the magic wand each one of us has when we pay attention to other people's feelings, and her wonderful book, The Spare Room, is a testimony of that! A must-read to open our hearts!" 

– Diane von Furstenberg

"In today's business world, social purpose has become an urgent leadership imperative. Emily Chang exemplifies values-based leadership and has committed her life to improving those around her, both at work and in her community. For anyone seeking to lead with authenticity and purpose, The Spare Room provides a step-by-step manual to defining your own brand of leadership." 

– Robert A. McDonald, 8th Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Retired Chairman, President & CEO of The Procter & Gamble Company

"Emily Chang boldly swings open the door to her family's life stories, welcoming us into her private world in order to shine a public light on today's need for socially purposeful leaders with hearts of hospitality." 

– Horst Schulze, cofounder of Ritz-Carlton and author of "Excellence Wins"

"A book every leader must read, The Spare Room is the ultimate playbook for those who want to lead and live with intention. Alongside poignant stories from her own life and those of other professionals across a wide spectrum of industries, Emily Chang is an inspiration!" 

– Laura Alber, CEO, Williams-Sonoma

"This book is a must-read for anyone looking to lead a life of intention and social purpose. Drawing from her own firsthand experiences and those of others, Emily offers inspiring stories that are sure to leave readers asking themselves how they can help make a difference by sharing their own 'spare rooms' with those in need." 

– Stephanie Fischer, President and CEO, Global Retail Marketing Association

"Emily Chang leads from a higher calling. As a global CEO, she leads with extreme talent and a deep desire to love her neighbor as herself, positively impacting everyone she meets. The Spare Room is a delightful narrative of moving testimonies—taking you on a journey from heart to mind to impact. It is a deep well from which comes the pure waters of living  and leading with intention!" 

– Rick Lytle, President and CEO of CEO Forum

"I believe God creates each of us with purposes far greater than we can imagine. The Spare Room is a personal guide to discovering your God-given passion and resources so you can do more with the one life you've been given. My friend Emily Chang offers a compelling call to a more purposeful journey, anchored in her own life experiences and backed by a constructive framework and practical tools. Read this book to uncover your unique way to make a difference in the world by living into your social legacy."  

– Edgar Sandoval Sr., President, World Vision U.S.

"The most immediately actionable book I've read in a while! Chock full of interesting, heartwarming stories, followed by a thoughtful tool kit so that, regardless of where you are in life, you can begin living with more purpose and intention. Highly recommend this beautiful collection of poignant stories." 

– Yarrow Kraner, CEO, HATCH

"Emily Chang's life philosophy is an incredibly authentic display of emotional intelligence and business ingenuity. Her creativity and wisdom shine through every page of The Spare Room, which serves as the quintessential blueprint for any established or aspiring leader building a heart-first organization. Having led world-class companies through the ever-shifting tides of culture, it's no surprise that her expertise lends itself perfectly to the growing global need for socially-driven leaders and companies. Also, she's got the coolest hair you'll ever see."  

– Chris Denson, Award-Winning Innovation Advocate, Host of Innovation Crush

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