Off-Ramps and On-Ramps: Keeping Talented Women on the Road to Success

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With talent shortages looming over the next decade, what can companies do to attract and retain the large number of professional women who are forced off the career highway?

By documenting the successful efforts of a group of cutting-edge global companies to retain talented women and reintegrate them if they’ve already left, Off-Ramps and On-Ramps answers this critical question. Working closely with companies such as Ernst & Young, Goldman Sachs, Time Warner, General ...

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Overview


With talent shortages looming over the next decade, what can companies do to attract and retain the large number of professional women who are forced off the career highway?

By documenting the successful efforts of a group of cutting-edge global companies to retain talented women and reintegrate them if they’ve already left, Off-Ramps and On-Ramps answers this critical question. Working closely with companies such as Ernst & Young, Goldman Sachs, Time Warner, General Electric and others, author Sylvia Ann Hewlett identifies what works and why. Based on firsthand experience with these companies, along with extensive data that provides the most comprehensive and nuanced portrait of women's career paths, this book documents the actions forward-thinking companies must take to reverse the female brain drain and ensure their access to talent over the long term.

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Editorial Reviews

FT.com
Books such as this are important because they are focusing on the need to adapt the way people work in the face of changing demographics.
The New York Times
. . . an upbeat chronicle . . .
The Financial Times
The author makes the persuasive case for a new competitive model that takes into account the pressing needs of women employees.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781422101025
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
  • Publication date: 5/14/2007
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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"For reasons that range from a tightening job market to retiring baby boomers, companies can't afford to lose experienced, well-qualified women. They aren't easily or cheaply replaced."

An interview with Sylvia Ann Hewlett, The Wall Street Journal, April 16, 2007
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2007

    Practical strategies for addressing workplace gender and racial inequities.

    Economist Sylvia Ann Hewlett does an excellent job of outlining both subtle and bold barriers that relegate many talented women (and minorities) to the lower end of promotions and pay scales. Using ample documentation, she outlines the financial costs that corporations suffer when they operate with outdated career models designed for white male professionals. Hewlett also lines up practical solutions with real-life examples from top corporations. Though the book is marred by repetition and various examples are recycled in different chapters, overall, we consider this essential reading for senior corporate officials and staff members.

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