The decision was irreversible. . .Vivien would become either the most remarkable female executive in the sports industry, or the biggest failure.
Vivien Lee has spent her entire consulting career helping CEOs look good, so when she finally has the chance to go after her dream of running a business, she grabs it. A lifelong athlete, Vivien arrives at the Smart Sports campus in Portland, Oregon and is introduced as the first female president. It’s one of the highest-profile jobs in an industry inhospitable to women. Principled but slightly naïve, Vivien believes her male peers will give her a fair shot.
Stumbling early, Vivien makes a series of rookie mistakes. With guidance from the Ceiling Smashers, a secret society of successful professional women, Vivien learns to navigate the treacherous business terrain. A tight-knit group of male sports executives is determined to show that an industry outsider cannot prevail. The challenge is all too clear: will Vivien triumph in the sports industry against impossible odds?
You’ll want to stay up all night to find out what happens to Vivien and share her inspiring story with your friends. This is a fresh, riveting tale about a strong woman endeavoring to succeed with smarts, scruples, and style.
About the Author
Shaz was one of a handful of female senior executives at Nike. She also ran Lucy Activewear and made the company profitable for the first time in history.
She graduated from Cornell University and has an MBA from the Wharton School. Shaz lives in San Francisco with her husband and twin daughters.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Shadow Day
Chapter 2: The Giant Stride
Chapter 3: On Your Mark, Get Set
Chapter 4: The Ceiling Smashers
Chapter 5: A Series of Firsts
Chapter 6: Surviving the First Day
Chapter 7: Team Encounters of the First Kind
Chapter 8: First Impressions
Chapter 9: Getting the First Get
Chapter 10: Together for the First Time
Chapter 11: Countdown the to First Showdown
Chapter 12: The First Signs of Trouble
Chapter 13: Fasten Your Seat Belts
Chapter 14: Just One of the Guys
Chapter 15: Keeping Upbeat in the Downpour
Chapter 16: Ho-Ho, Huh?
Chapter 17: Happy, Happy, Happy
Chapter 18: Let the Games Begin
Chapter 19: The Sunday Punch
Chapter 20: Faster, Higher, Stronger
Chapter 21: Beneath the Sea
Chapter 22: In Deep Water
Chapter 23: The Big W
Chapter 24: The Celebration
Chapter 25: The Game Change
Chapter 26: Unsportsmanlike Conduct
Chapter 27: Playing Hardball
Chapter 28: The Full-Court Press
Chapter 29: The "Touch-Base"
Chapter 30: The End?
Chapter 31: The Great Divide
Chapter 32: A Fresh Start
Chapter 33: Saying Goodbye...and Hello
Chapter 34: The Game Plan
Chapter 35: What Goes Around...
Chapter 36: Flying High