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Over the course of a year, Selena Rezvani interviewed women executives in various industries, roles, and job functions, including Jamie McCourt, president of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Denise Incandela, president of Saks Direct at Saks Fifth Avenue, Roxanne Spillett, president and CEO of Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and Naomi Earp, chair of the Equal Employment Opportuni Over the course of a year, Selena Rezvani interviewed women executives in various industries, roles, and job functions, including Jamie McCourt, president of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Denise Incandela, president of Saks Direct at Saks Fifth Avenue, Roxanne Spillett, president and CEO of Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and Naomi Earp, chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The result is The Next Generation of Women Leaders, a penetrating, eye-opening, and ultimately empowering narrative, filled with stories of remarkable women who navigated the leadership maze and triumphed. While the leadership landscape may be shifting in women's favor, women are nowhere near an equal presence in leadership roles when compared to men. Rezvani's achievement was to engage some extraordinarily accomplished women as mentors, each of whom provided tools and information that young women can use to shape their own careers. The Next Generation of Women Leaders encourages younger women to be their own advocates when it comes to professional growth and advancement, and it provides tangible how-tos on negotiating the workplace as a woman.


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Over the course of a year, Selena Rezvani interviewed women executives in various industries, roles, and job functions, including Jamie McCourt, president of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Denise Incandela, president of Saks Direct at Saks Fifth Avenue, Roxanne Spillett, president and CEO of Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and Naomi Earp, chair of the Equal Employment Opportuni Over the course of a year, Selena Rezvani interviewed women executives in various industries, roles, and job functions, including Jamie McCourt, president of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Denise Incandela, president of Saks Direct at Saks Fifth Avenue, Roxanne Spillett, president and CEO of Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and Naomi Earp, chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The result is The Next Generation of Women Leaders, a penetrating, eye-opening, and ultimately empowering narrative, filled with stories of remarkable women who navigated the leadership maze and triumphed. While the leadership landscape may be shifting in women's favor, women are nowhere near an equal presence in leadership roles when compared to men. Rezvani's achievement was to engage some extraordinarily accomplished women as mentors, each of whom provided tools and information that young women can use to shape their own careers. The Next Generation of Women Leaders encourages younger women to be their own advocates when it comes to professional growth and advancement, and it provides tangible how-tos on negotiating the workplace as a woman.

56 review for The Next Generation of Women Leaders: What You Need to Lead But Won't Learn in Business School

  1. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I think this would have been a great book for me when I first started working in corporate america. I had already heard a lot of the advice she gave. Reading this was certainly a good reminder to keep building my experiences and working towards my professional goals.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Irene

    I purchased my first business at age 22 (1969) and I can certainly attest that what I needed to know I didn't learn in business school. It took me years to "figure" things out and 40+ years later I'm still learning. I do recall the struggles and chaos that came with owing that first business and it certainly would have been much easier if I had acquired some prior knowledge through academia. But, then I wonder if I would have learned the "nuts and bolts" of running a business from a professor th I purchased my first business at age 22 (1969) and I can certainly attest that what I needed to know I didn't learn in business school. It took me years to "figure" things out and 40+ years later I'm still learning. I do recall the struggles and chaos that came with owing that first business and it certainly would have been much easier if I had acquired some prior knowledge through academia. But, then I wonder if I would have learned the "nuts and bolts" of running a business from a professor that has never owned or managed a business. Many professors have never walked the talk. Although I didn't notice any social barriers because I was female, I was astonished to read the studies that women face. As well it was interesting to read about economic parity, especially around pay equity. Fortunately, due to many laws and wider acceptance of women in management positions the upcoming generations will not have to face these obstacles. "The Next Generation of Women Leaders" is not just about understanding the past, but it also gives information on how to position oneself to lead, as well as how to succeed on and off the job, networking, negotiating, maneuvering through the office politics, and successfully attaining goals. Intended to give better understanding to generation X and Y on how to position oneself in the business society, I found the information in this book very useful for my generation (baby boomer) as well. I commend Selena Rezvani on bringing to the forefront such important information. Her understanding of being a female in the business community shows through her knowledge and experience. The interviews she conducted with high-positioned female executives present hope to future generations. She also establishes, that yes, as women, we can hold high executive positions and still serve well in roles of wives, partners, friends, and mothers. I highly recommend this book to any young woman entering a career or has aspirations of becoming a leader. I also believe this book should be a "must read" in all business curriculum, not only for females but males as well.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cherrie

    Read most of this book while I was still employed but enjoyed that the last couple of chapters had a focus on motherhood and non-traditional working schedules that I could think about as I'm transitioning to be a stay-at-home mom. There are so many good pointers in this book, highly recommend for every woman seeking a fulfilling career. Most of the stories and women are in corporate positions but I think there is still material relevant to anyone working in the social/non-profit sectors. Read most of this book while I was still employed but enjoyed that the last couple of chapters had a focus on motherhood and non-traditional working schedules that I could think about as I'm transitioning to be a stay-at-home mom. There are so many good pointers in this book, highly recommend for every woman seeking a fulfilling career. Most of the stories and women are in corporate positions but I think there is still material relevant to anyone working in the social/non-profit sectors.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kara Koeven

    I think this is an excellent book for young women who are looking to start their journey in leadership. I love all the examples and anecdotes from real world women leaders. However for women who have some leadership experience already I found it to be nothing I didn't already know. Overall, I think it has value for women just getting started on their journey to leadership. I think this is an excellent book for young women who are looking to start their journey in leadership. I love all the examples and anecdotes from real world women leaders. However for women who have some leadership experience already I found it to be nothing I didn't already know. Overall, I think it has value for women just getting started on their journey to leadership.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Taylor Taylor

    I liked the content of this book but the writing was not easy to get through. It was more like a checklist/research paper versus a story which made it not as impactful for me.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Corson

    I picked up this book at a USWIB event a few years ago and finally got around to reading it. Overall I thought this book was decent. It had some pretty duh/obvious advice, and the overall flow just felt like a laundry list of advice as opposed to a longer-term development plan. Then again, maybe self-help books just aren't my genre. I picked up this book at a USWIB event a few years ago and finally got around to reading it. Overall I thought this book was decent. It had some pretty duh/obvious advice, and the overall flow just felt like a laundry list of advice as opposed to a longer-term development plan. Then again, maybe self-help books just aren't my genre.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tré

    I've met Selena. She's awesome. I've met Selena. She's awesome.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Monique

    Inspiring read and excellent book for women new to the career scene. The tips are worthy of reading.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    Wonderfully inspiring. Without this type of guidance I wouldn't have made the decisions to start a soon to be tangible future. Wonderfully inspiring. Without this type of guidance I wouldn't have made the decisions to start a soon to be tangible future.

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