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Women Lead

Career Perspectives from Workplace Leaders

Edited By Tracey Wilen-Daugenti, Courtney L. Vien and Caroline Molina-Ray

Women are taking the lead in today’s workforce. They hold half of America’s jobs, 51% of supervisory and managerial positions, and nearly 60% of all college degrees. A woman starts a business in the U.S. every 60 seconds. Without women, the U.S. economy would be 25% smaller than it is today.
Women Lead is an in-depth examination of women’s role in today’s workplace. Drawing on interviews with nearly 200 women leaders, and survey responses from more than 3000 male and female managers, the book explains 21st-century career trends and provides practical advice to help women excel in the new world of work. Readers will discover facts, figures, and real-life stories about leadership, education, and career planning, and learn how women are using negotiation, networking, and other collaborative practices to lead their organizations into the future.
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Sincerest thanks go to the dozens of women leaders whose insights, advice, and personal anecdotes appear throughout this book. You showed us how powerful and inspiring women can be, and we’re honored to be able to pass on your words of wisdom.

This book arose from a collaborative effort by the Apollo Research Institute team. As general editor, Dr. Tracey Wilen-Daugenti drew on her experience as author of seven previous books on women in business to shape the themes, structure, and style of the book and to oversee its development. In the process, she modeled many of the 21st-century leadership skills and attributes discussed in the book—perhaps most notably professional networking, as she sought out and interviewed more than 200 women leaders who contributed their perspectives, advice, and stories. She also drove the creative development of the Women Lead inspirational video* that captures the voices of several of the women interviewed and reinforces their message of women’s leadership. Dr. Courtney L. Vien served as both the book’s primary author and its coeditor, weaving hundreds of research sources and interview transcripts into a compelling “storyline.” Her analytical precision and literary sensibility gave the book its elegant and energetic voice. Caroline Molina-Ray, PhD, served as managing editor to oversee the book’s quantitative research components, integrate the work of the research, editorial, and design teams, and to develop the video script. ← ix | x →

The editors thank the following Apollo Research Institute team members: Sheila Bodell, for...

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