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Outstanding in Their Field: How Women Corporate Directors Succeed

Author: Elizabeth Ghaffari  

Women still make up only 16 percent of large-company corporate boards and 45 of the Fortune 500 still have no female board members. Ironically, corporations know they have a problem recruiting outstanding female board members. They maintain that, despite women's enormous strides in the business world, qualified women remain difficult to find.

In a book businesswomen can rally around and use as a manual, an expert in female board representation shows what it takes to get nominated to a corporate board and become a productive and respected member. This book blazes a trail.
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Women still make up only 16 percent of large-company corporate boards and 45 of the Fortune 500 still have no female board members. Ironically, corporations know they have a problem recruiting outstanding female board members. They maintain that, despite women's enormous strides in the business world, qualified women remain difficult to find.

In a book businesswomen can rally around and use as a manual, an expert in female board representation shows what it takes to get nominated to a corporate board and become a productive and respected member.

This book blazes a trail.

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This book blazes a trail. Rather than focusing on lack of opportunity or loudly calling for the appointment of more women to boards, it simply shows women what they can do to get on boards. In its pages, businesswomen will gain refreshing insights into the many opportunities that exist for them to rise to leadership.

The result of two years' research and interviews, the book identifies specific steps a woman can take to become qualified and competent to serve at the very top-as a director on a for-profit corporate board. Arguing that women need to "learn from the leaders, " the author lets 15 female directors tell the truth about how to find a seat at the table. Each story is different; no one path or decision worked for every woman. Their advice closes each chapter, providing encouragement and perspective from over three decades of practical experience with public company boards.

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Critic Reviews

“"This volume outlines the steps women can take to become qualified and competent directors on for-profit or corporate boards. Ghaffari describes the six most prominent paths to success and women directors who followed them through nonprofit, academic, government, corporate, investment, and entrepreneurship fields. Fifteen women from California Fortune 1000 firms (as of 2006-2007) are profiled. The profiles include discussion about their decisions, lessons learned, and various positions. Ghaffari is associated with a technology advisory firm. Her Surveys of Women on Boards of Directors at California-Based Fortune 1000 Firms provided the biographical and research foundation for the volume." - Reference & Research Book News”

"Elizabeth has given us a roadmap to the Boardroom." - Women Executive Leadership "Each chapter closes with one woman's advice, providing encouragement and perspective from over three decades of practical experience with public company boards." - Washington State Bar Association "This volume outlines the steps women can take to become qualified and competent directors on for-profit or corporate boards. Ghaffari describes the six most prominent paths to success and women directors who followed them through nonprofit, academic, government, corporate, investment, and entrepreneurship fields. Fifteen women from California Fortune 1000 firms (as of 2006-2007) are profiled. The profiles include discussion about their decisions, lessons learned, and various positions. Ghaffari is associated with a technology advisory firm. Her Surveys of Women on Boards of Directors at California-Based Fortune 1000 Firms provided the biographical and research foundation for the volume." - Reference & Research Book News

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About the Author

-->Elizabeth Ghaffari--> is the founder, president, and chief executive officer of Technology Place Inc., a California-based company that provides technical consulting services for business clients in need of successful e-business strategies and enhanced electronic communications with customers and business partners. Ghaffari also runs Champion Boards, established to foster the design of great boards of directors through knowledge and information, with a special emphasis on the advancement of top-level women to corporate board roles. She is the author of Outstanding in their Field: How Women C

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This book blazes a trail. Rather than focusing on lack of opportunity or loudly calling for the appointment of more women to boards, it simply shows women what they can do to get on boards. In its pages, businesswomen will gain refreshing insights into the many opportunities that exist for them to rise to leadership. The result of two years' research and interviews, the book identifies specific steps a woman can take to become qualified and competent to serve at the very top--as a director on a for-profit corporate board. Arguing that women need to "learn from the leaders, " the author lets 15 female directors tell the truth about how to find a seat at the table. Each story is different; no one path or decision worked for every woman. Their advice closes each chapter, providing encouragement and perspective from over three decades of practical experience with public company boards.

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Product Details

Publisher
Praeger Publishers | Praeger Publishers Inc
Published
8th June 2009
Pages
247
ISBN
9780313375842
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