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Women Who Mean Business: Success Stories of Women over Forty

Women Who Mean Business: Success Stories of Women over Forty

by A. Mikaelian
     
 

More and more women are succeeding in the business world these days. Many of them launched careers in the 1970s — and are just now breaking through the glass ceiling. Or they are a part of the last generation of stay-at-home moms, and now that the kids have grown up, these women have found the confidence and drive to start their own businesses. Who are they

Overview

More and more women are succeeding in the business world these days. Many of them launched careers in the 1970s — and are just now breaking through the glass ceiling. Or they are a part of the last generation of stay-at-home moms, and now that the kids have grown up, these women have found the confidence and drive to start their own businesses. Who are they and how did they get to where they are?

Women Who Mean Business profiles more than over seventy successful businesswomen in their forties — from every state and Canada — to inspire and instruct future and current businesspeople nationwide.

The author interviewed CEOs and CFOs, entrepreneurs and owners. Among the success stories are a woman who began her own music label and another who bought a forklift-manufacturing company. Some handle million-dollar clients and others hope to see their profits run into the millions one day. There's an amazing diversity of education and upbringing among these women. But whether they are single mothers or women of color, MBAs or highschool graduates, they've all found success in business that both challenges and fulfills them.

In Women Who Mean Business, they offer firsthand advice on how to get ahead, reveal what their day-to-day workload is like, and give suggestions on balancing work and home life. They offer an inside look at what women in business can expect from their male counterparts, show how the business world has changed, and divulge how they deal with stress and pressure. What makes them do what they do and what the rewards and costs can be are also part of these fascinating profiles.

Exemplary and encouraging, this unique book delivers a welcome message: The corporate climate is changing, and all across America there are new challenges, new opportunities, and new promise for Women Who Mean Business.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
No area of women's lives better reveals the astonishing changes of the past 30 years than their working lives. Sixty million women--46% of all workers--are now in the U.S. labor market (double the number in 1970). Through a series of more than 70 interviews with accomplished women in their 40s and 50s, Mikaelian documents the lives behind those numbers. She reveals the responses of an impressively diverse group of women (ranging from the CEO of the Georgia Lottery Corporation to a v-p and general counsel at Harley Davidson Inc., to an owner of a pottery business) to basic questions about "mentors and influences," "greatest obstacles" and "advice to aspiring business women." Short biographies attached to the interviews allow each woman to elaborate more fully the story of her struggle to be successful. Among the all-too-familiar obstacles that women face in the workplace: sexual harassment, the glass ceiling, the wage gap and balancing work and family. A surprising number of women also claim that their most formidable struggle is with self-doubt. Relentlessly upbeat, the triumphal "I will survive" tone of these exemplary stories may be laudable and make for feel-good reading, but it fails to illuminate the grittier reality of systemic sexism in the workplace. Still, readers who are admirers of tenacity and entrepreneurial spirit, and women (or men) of any age looking for pragmatic strategies to cope with workplace challenges, changes and sexism, will find this book amply rewarding. (July) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780688156770
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/28/1999
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
278
Product dimensions:
6.47(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.38(d)

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Invaluable advice and inspiring stories from Women Who Mean Business

"Try to achieve a balance early on in your career and your personal life, when you are setting up your work habits for life."

-- Rose Marie Bravo, chief executive, Burberry's, Ltd., New York

Greatest obstacles overcome? "That's easy: getting through breast cancer twice.That helps my perspective when a trucking shipment is lost and things go haywire.I can always be thankful that I'm alive and healthy."

-- Suzanne Locklear, owner and founder, Suzanne's Sensational Foods, Idaho

"I'm not one of those who spends a lot of energy on coulda, shoulda, woulda.I'm more of a 'next thing' person."

-- Brenda J. Culpepper, president, PepperCo Music Group, Connecticut

"One of my very favorite parts of this job is participating in bringing new industry, development, and progress to the community.I love to watch things change."

-- Judy R. Loving, chairman, president, and CEO, The Bank of Yellville, Arkansas

"I hit a pretty big crisis in my life.My oldest son left for college, and my youngest son started driving and had a girlfriend.Suddenly, I woke up one day thinking nobody needs me anymore. I needed excitement."

-- Sue Lan Ma, chairman and CEO, Elwell-Parker, Ltd., Ohio

"I used to define myself as a friend and mother, but being a businesswoman is now part of that makeup."

-- Sharon Meehan, president and CEO, "Ham I Am!" Enterprises, Limited, Texas

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