SKIRTS in the Boardroom: A Woman's Survival Guide to Success in Business & Life


Praise for S.K.I.R.T.S in the Boardroom

"Marshawn has developed a solid formula to inspire and empower today's working women. This book gives women of all backgrounds the tools to not only succeed, but also to become leaders in their workspace."
—Michelle Lemmons, founder and Chairman, International Speakers Bureau

"A must-have survival guide for women in any male-dominated industry who are trying to break the glass ceiling. I've worked in the finance and sports industries for ...

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Praise for S.K.I.R.T.S in the Boardroom

"Marshawn has developed a solid formula to inspire and empower today's working women. This book gives women of all backgrounds the tools to not only succeed, but also to become leaders in their workspace."
—Michelle Lemmons, founder and Chairman, International Speakers Bureau

"A must-have survival guide for women in any male-dominated industry who are trying to break the glass ceiling. I've worked in the finance and sports industries for many years and only wish I had access to this book when I began my career. Now that I do, I'm never putting it down!"
—Rama Mandadi, Senior Manager, Managing Properties, National Basketball Association

"Marshawn Evans knows how to dream big dreams and persevere in the face of an uphill battle. She knows how to learn the lessons offered by disappointing setbacks, naysayers, and obstacles that seem as permanent as a brick wall. In this book, she pours out what she has learned in a way that is approachable and friendly."
—Valorie Burton, life coach and author of Why Not You?

"S.K.I.R.T.S. in the Boardroom is powerful, straightforward, and a must-read for all women. It addresses the core of what most women want, and it shows them how to realize their dreams without fear or compromise. Through Marshawn's own experience and intellect, she shares how being mentally tough, spiritually centered, and properly prepared is a powerful combination in any boardroom! This book will make a difference!"
—Gwen Wilson, Director of Women's Business Initiatives and Supplier Diversity, Verizon Wireless

"Marshawn just may well be the next Oprah! Her natural business sense and ideas address winning solutions for today's marketplace. Her ability to design, develop, and deliver critical business solutions puts her in a unique class of entrepreneurs. Definitely a woman to watch!"
—Kenton Clarke, President and CEO,

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

Sisterhood, Knowledge, Integrity, Respect, Tenacity and Substance = SKIRTS. Marshawn's all-woman entrepreneurial team won Season Four on The Apprentice. Her advice here is promoted as "savvy, shrewd, and straightforward" for "today's sassy yet sensible modern woman." The chapters themselves each start with a c-word, such as Confidence, Class, Captivation, and offer their own subcategories of acronym-based advice, all of which may crowd the reader with too many disparate concepts, from "The Four Ds of Branding Mistakes" to "T.A.G.S. #1: Target Your TALENTS" and "Lessons for ME (Motivations & Empowerment)." Readers who absorb the book in small portions may find just the advice they seek for a specific challenge.

—Margaret Heilbrun
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470383339
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/3/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 813,064
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Marshawn Evans, JD, is an entertainment attorney and founder of Marshawn Evans Unlimited, a corporate life-enrichment consulting firm focused on peak performance, diversity, workplace readiness, and dynamic leadership strategies for women. She is also President of EDGE 3M Sports & Entertainment, a national brand management and marketing agency that connects companies and causes with professional athletes and entertainers. She is a former Miss America finalist and is also one of the stars of season four of NBC's hit show The Apprentice with Donald Trump. For more information, please visit

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Table of Contents


Introduction: Not the Issue Anymore.

Part One: From Chef to Chief Executive: The Difference is a Little “I”.

Chapter 1: Confidence: The Problem with Fake Eyelashes.

Chapter 2: Class: Attitude, Mixed with a Pinch of Allure, Determines Your Altitude.

Chapter 3: Course: Women Are Better Drivers.

Chapter 4: Commitment: No Substitute is as Sweet as Real Sugar.

Part Two: Serving Up Some Homemade Style and Substance.

Chapter 5: Communication: If You've Got It, Flaunt It.

Chapter 6: Connections: Do Shorter Skirts Ever Hurt?

Chapter 7: Creativity: Show ‘Em Your Assets.

Chapter 8: Captivation: Get Their Attention with Your Own Personal Brand.

Part Three: Skirt or No Skirt: That Is the Question.

Chapter 9: Command: L.E.A.D.ership Is in Our DNA.

Chapter 10: Clarity: Vision Will Take You Where No Man Has Gone Before.

Bonus Chapter: What's Next? How to Work Your S.K.I.R.T.

Recommended Resources: ME Unlimited Programs.

About the Author.

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  • Posted January 22, 2009

    Realistic and Relatable

    S.K.I.R.T.S. in the Boardroom delivers a realistic and relatable approach and perspective for all women looking to achieve success in the workplace. This book is an excellent resource for young women, current executives and entrepreneurs of all backgrounds who inspire to elevate their careers. The book not only equips you with tools to help you achieve your worth in the workplace, it also gives you action plans at the end of each chapter so you can put what you learned to use and make it practical to your situation. After reading this book you will walk away feeling empowered to step up and be heard for the return you deserve on investing your time, talent and loyalty.<BR/><BR/>What I liked best about the book is that it makes it clear that there are no short cuts to success. It¿s easy to read and understand whether you are a well-read person or if you are looking for ways to break the glass ceiling and picking up this book for the first time. <BR/><BR/>Marshawn Evans incorporates entertaining ways to motivate women to achieve greatness through the fun analogies and acronyms that are used throughout the book. For example, Evans relates confidence to hairpins also known as bobby pins. ¿Now, when you pick up a bobby pin, you can feel that it is pretty solid, although small. If you have ever used bobby pins, you know they pack a lot of potential! With just a little strategy and know-how, you can instantly obtain the look you want. But ONLY if you position them in the right place,¿ writes Evans. The book is both effective and persuasive and has enhanced my understanding of the issues women are faced with on a job and how to deal with those issues in a strategic way.<BR/><BR/>I believe young women and entrepreneurs will appreciate this book and enjoy reading it. It offers a solid formula for women who are challenged to get ahead in Corporate America. I encourage all women to read this book and apply what you learn to your work environment and see how it affects your life for the better.

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  • Posted December 22, 2008

    The Cure for Life's Crossroad Blues

    Having read several personal development books, not necessarily targeted towards women, when I came across SKIRTS in the Boardroom, I was intrigued by the title and wondered what deposits this book could make into my life that had not already been made by the other business books I had digested. Being at a crossroads in my life, I really wanted to begin the new year taking steps toward the things I was really passionate about doing and cleaning house of anything that would keep me from achieving this goal. Little did I know, this book and its content, would be a godsend. <BR/> <BR/>Starting with a chapter on Confidence, Marshawn Evans weaves stories from her own life and its struggles with issues that women, young and older, face in corporate America, entrepreneurship, and life. With chapters on staying the course, differences in gender communication, networking, developing your personal brand, and more, this book is like having your own personal development coach at your fingertips. <BR/> <BR/>What I really love, is that the book is written so conversationally and how easy I was able to relate my personal situation to the stories shared in the book. Secondly, the wrap-ups at the end of each chapter, keeping the important points fresh in your mind. And lastly, the worksheets at the end of each chapter, which really make and keep you accountable. Who knew it was so hard to think of five words that actually described me and why.... I'm still working on two more!!<BR/> <BR/>This book has really helped me begin to get on track and I recommend it to anyone who needs guidance at any stage of their lives. I know that the book is written with women in mind, but I honestly think men can learn a lot from its content as well. It's definitely a book to keep, revisit, lend to friends, and give as a gift. <BR/><BR/>I am on my way to maximizing my potential and living out my purpose!!

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