The Next Generation of Women Leaders: What You Need to Lead but Won't Learn in Business School

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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 Opportunity Commission. The result is The Next Generation of Women Leaders, a penetrating, eye-opening, and ultimately empowering narrative, filled with...

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Overview

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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"It is a definite MUST READ for women moving up and women who would like insight into how to develop our next generation of women leaders."

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WE magazine

"I commend Selena Rezvani on bringing to the forefront such important information. . . . 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."

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ReviewtheBook.com

"Recommended. All collections and readership levels."

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Choice

"The book is a must-read for women just beginning their careers, as well as for those searching for their next steps."

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On Campus With Women

"getAbstract considers this thoroughly researched text a must read, not only for women launching their careers, but also for anyone, male or female, with leadership aspirations."

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getAbstract

"Rezvani does an excellent job of focusing on the lessons learned by the 30 business leaders interviewed that can be passed on to the next generations to affect change. . . . Rezvani provides much practical insight into office politics and how to successfully navigate through it to your personal advantage. . . . just hope when young women are deciding their career options that they can visualize and aspire to being president of a bank. I would advise every one of them to read this book to get a head start on a wonderful career in banking."

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ABA Banking Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313376665
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
  • Publication date: 1/22/2010
  • Pages: 181
  • Sales rank: 347,997
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Posted December 16, 2010

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    From one generation to another, proven advice on leadership for women

    Getting ahead in today's competitive, cutthroat business world is tough, particularly for women, who account for only 3% of Fortune 500 CEOs, even though females comprise nearly half the US workforce. What are the reasons for the "thinning effect," in which fewer women advance up the professional ladder? Selena Rezvani, a consultant on women and leadership, has the answer to that question and many more, based on her studies and interviews with 30 female executives from a variety of fields. Rezvani targets her advice to Generations X and Y women, who are now entering the marketplace and can most benefit from the experiences of those who have gone before them. She explores networking, negotiating, managing office politics and "integrating" (rather than balancing) your work and your life. getAbstract considers this thoroughly researched text a must read, not only for women launching their careers, but also for anyone, male or female, with leadership aspirations.

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  • Posted June 8, 2010

    Breath of Fresh Air

    Part of my thesis research on Leadership. I met Selena Rezvani (the author) at a Future Women Leaders (professional networking group in the Bay Area) event in San Francisco. I've been generally interested in business, leadership, and how the two specifically relate to women, for the last 5 years. This interest has caused me to search out and read a wide variety of the books on the market regarding these subjects (all told about 20 books). I am comfortable saying that of this exposure, Rezvani's book brings novel and worthwhile advice to the scene. I've watched the literature shift throughout the last 20 years from starting off recommending that women behave like men, to warning against this faux paux, to finally Rezvani's book that encourages women to utilize their innate skills and develop any that aren't, to get to where they need to be. She encourages authenticity and integrity which she couples with pragmatic advice that women (and men) can use to be more effective in the work place.

    Beyond that, after attending the event, Selena and I have begun a personal correspondence. I am encouraging her to come to speak at my Alma mater, Mills College. I have found Selena to be a savvy businesswoman, genuinely nice, and helpful and am happy to recommend her book.

    Other books I have read and recommend:

    http://sites.google.com/site/womenreachingupward/womenreachingupward
    http://www.trerodriguez.com/reads/category/Career%20Development

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  • Posted April 28, 2010

    Book should be in all business curriculum

    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.

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  • Posted February 9, 2010

    Thank you! Just what I was looking for...

    I would like to thank Ms. Rezvani for putting forth such a fantastic and relevant book. I have never before seen such a focused guide to help develop, grow and promote your best professional self. and what wonderful timing! Although I am well into my career, I feel her lessons and tips can be incorporated into my professional life today.

    I will refer to this book again and again. And I will buy copies for all professional women I know. I don't consider myself a feminist, but I do feel that it's about time women get ahead and reach that coveted leadership echelon, occupied by so few. I feel very empowered after reading this book. Finally, a guide to help you reach the top, not just get in the door.

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  • Posted February 8, 2010

    You'll Value This Book Regardless of Your Age or Gender

    I found this book stimulating and informative even though I'm older. I WISH I'd had this information at least 20 years ago! The book is packed full of vital pointers and Rezvani writes it in a very readable way. Rather than urging you to act like a man, Next Generation encourages you to use your natural leadership style as a woman to move up.

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  • Posted January 28, 2010

    Terrific resource/reference book for career

    I enjoyed this book: especially the questions posed and approach to career managment. The author doesn't just tell you, "climb the ladder...here's how," this book is more about finding fullfillment, presenting yourself the right way as a woman & helping others along the way. The best part by far is the chapter on negotiating for yourself at work.

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  • Posted January 27, 2010

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    Making Young Women a Priority in Business

    I heard this woman speak at an event for Drexel women in business. She is an inspiration. She is doing our generation a service. So many books have ignored young women in business and to actually have a book that all of us can use is great. I'm glad I was smart enough to buy this. You will learn a lot.

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  • Posted January 4, 2010

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    Perfect for the young businesswoman

    The business world can be a tough place for women and unfortunately, the percentage of women who manage to climb to the top of the executive ladder is slim. What are the barriers and how can a young woman just entering the job market optimize her chances for a great and satisfying career? Enter Selena Rezvani with her new book, The Next Generation of Women Leaders. This text, geared specifically to young 'Generation X and Y women,' breaks down, in simple to understand, highly readable language, exactly what the businesswoman needs to know and do to get to the top of that elusive ladder.

    After a short discussion on the barriers that face women entering the professional workforce today, Rezvani takes the reader through the process of applying for a job, handling the much anticipated and stress producing interview, what to do when you land that perfect (or perhaps not-so-perfect) job, and then leveraging yourself within the company so your career is successful. The author covers a lot of material in less than 200 pages, from networking, to negotiating, the relationship with your boss, maternity leave, burnout, and even dating at work!

    The 30 women executives interviewed for The Next Generation of Women Leaders is impressive. Women such as Courteney Monroe, Executive Vice President of Consumer Marketing at HBO, DeeDee Wilson, CFO at Aritzia, and Melissa M. Monk, Chief Infrastructure Officer at Capital One, offer their insights into the business world. Billed as including interviews with 30 women executives, the book is not set up as straight interviews with each executive, but rather, their thoughts and advice are injected into topics that Rezvani writes about, to bolster the message. Featured executives also recount experiences they've had in the workplace. This use of portions from every interview within the various sections succeeds in driving home each point and livens up the discussions.

    Particularly helpful within the pages of The Next Generation of Women Leaders is the use of very specific advice rather than broad generalizations. For example, when discussing interviewing, instead of saying, dress nice and be prompt, Rezvani offers over ten prep questions, things you might be asked, in addition to how to prepare for the interview, act during the interview, and what questions to ask "them." When covering dating at work, Rezvani doesn't simply say "don't" but rather uses one of her 30 executives to add some insight on why it's a bad idea. "Don't casual-date people at work. It doesn't take much for people to look at a woman in her twenties and say 'that girl has a lot of growing up to do,'" suggests Kelly Picket, a senior manager at a management consulting firm.

    Many business texts are so dry that the reader's eyes are soon glazed over and the book is put away. And although The Next Generation of Women Leaders includes a splattering of statistics and tables, the writing is crisp and easy to follow, with a sense that the author is sitting at a coffee house, giving tips to her best friend. Lines such as "Contrary to the pervading belief of many women, raising a family does not necessarily translate to losing or bruising one's career," lighten up the reading and keep pages turning.

    Quill say: A perfect book for the young woman gearing up to begin her professional career.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2009

    The real deal

    This helped me clarify my approach to advancement and learn the unspoken rules of moving up.

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    Posted February 6, 2010

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