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Stiletto network : inside the women's power circles that are changing the face of business /
Pamela Ryckman.
imprint
New York : AMACOM, American Management Association, c2013.
description
xi, 258 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0814432530 (hardcover), 9780814432532 (hardcover)
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imprint
New York : AMACOM, American Management Association, c2013.
isbn
0814432530 (hardcover)
9780814432532 (hardcover)
contents note
A force to be reckoned with -- Ladies who lunch -- Even a live wire needs a connection -- "Girlpreneurs" rising -- Lady 2.0 -- The comfort formula -- The stiletto network revolution -- Walk the talk -- Big motor girls -- Shake your moneymaker -- Belizean grove: the world's ultimate old girls' club -- Conclusion: creating your own stiletto network.
general note
Includes index.
catalogue key
8943369
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Behind every great woman . . . are other great women! In numbers never seen before, ambitious women are joining forces in every major American city, forming salons, dinner groups, and networking circlesand collaborating to achieve clout and success. A new girls' network is alive and set to hyperdrive, and it's upending all the old rules about how power is allocated and business practiced. Stiletto Network is an up-close and personal account of the groundswell of women's groups changing the face of business: the "Power Bitches"; "Brazen Hussies"; "S.L.U.T.S." (Successful Ladies Under Tremendous Stress); and dozens more. It's about what happens when bright, caring womenfrom captains of industry to aspiring entrepreneurscome together to celebrate and unwind, debate and compare notes. But it's also about what happens when they leave the table, when the talking stops and the action starts. You'll learn how they mine their collective wisdom to realize their dreams or champion a cause, how they lift up their friends and push them forward, ensuring each woman gets what she needsbe it information, an introduction, a recommendation, a partnership, or a landmark deal. You'll read about women such as Kim Moses, who created the most downloaded app in the history of Warner Bros. And Jennifer Nason, who oversaw the largest high-yield bond offering of 2010. And Mallun Yen, who joined the founding team of RPX, one of the fastest-growing start-ups in history, and steered it toward a $1 billion IPO. And Bonnie McElveen-Hunter and Melanie Sabelhaus, who created the most successful fundraising pilot in the history of the Red Cross. All of these movers and shakers were propelled by Stiletto Networks. Stiletto Network is the first book to shed light on this groundbreaking movement. Sharing story after story of women banding together to help other women, the book's witty, compassionate, and revealing narrative serves as both an inspiring call to action and a fascinating inside look at the new networks that are reshaping the business world. Pamela Ryckman has written for The New York Times, Financial Times, Fortune.com/ CNNMoney, International Herald Tribune, The New York Observer, and The New York Sun, among other publications. Prior to becoming a journalist, she performed strategy work for Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs. She lives in New York City. Visit www.pamelaryckman.com
First Chapter
<html><head></head><body><p style="margin-top: 0"> INTRODUCTION </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> Who knew Nora Ephron was such a Harpy? Barbara </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> Walters, that’s who. </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> Following Ephron’s death in June 2012, the New York Post </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> reported that she and Walters were members of the Harpies, </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> described as “a close-knit cadre of lunching ladies who’ve met to </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> eat and argue over twelve years at Michael’s, the Four Seasons, </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> and ‘21.’” </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> The Harpies include other media moguls too, and according </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> to my favorite tabloid, the ladies often gossip about Hillary—her </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> whereabouts, her fatigue, her hair—and engage in “intense </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> debate” over the latest headlines. “God forbid you were wrong,” </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> a Harpy insider told the Post, “or you were dismissed and reduced </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> to rubble . . . with great affection.” It seemed that these women </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> were exacting and precise, that they held themselves and each </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> other to high standards, and that they pushed and challenged </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> their friends. But they did it with humor and ultimate kindness. </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> I was approaching my book deadline when I read about the </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> Harpies at the breakfast table. “See?” I jumped up and cheered. </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> “All the girls are doing it! It’s sweeping the nation!” </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> As a cabal of bold-faced names, the Harpies are pretty swank in </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> their own right. They’re movers and shakers, no doubt. But, I won- </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> dered aloud, do they know they’re part of something bigger? Do </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> they know that their group and others just like it are changing the </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> world? </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> My three sons rolled their eyes. They raced out the door to their </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> all-boys school. </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> I didn’t plan to write a book at this very moment in my life, but </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> it’s my family’s consensus that with all the testosterone at home, I </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> needed to talk to some girls. And once I started interviewing </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> dynamic, motivated women, I found I couldn’t stop. I didn’t know </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> exactly what was happening, but I knew it was important. </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> At the beginning, it was a gut feeling, a notion that I had </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> unearthed something meaningful that was shaping women’s lives. </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> But I didn’t yet realize how important it would be for me personally. </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> I didn’t know I’d end up living this story as I was writing it, that it </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> would be the story that changed my life. But more on that later. </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> It all started at a women’s conference in California. There, I met </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> one female senior executive who introduced me to another and </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> then another, and each one was fascinating and charismatic, en- </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> gaging and kind, vulnerable and bold. They didn’t carp about </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> “balance” or lament not “having it all.” They didn’t feel oppressed </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> and under siege, and their days weren’t some dismal, tough slog. </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> They took evident joy in both work and personal life, adoring jobs </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> and families alike. “Why don’t we ever see anything about women </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> having fun at work?” one woman asked. “Sure, there are battles, </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> but I work so hard and I love it. Can’t we ever accentuate the joys </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> over the battles?” </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> While it’s not PC to say this, these ladies were also cute. I liked </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> their outfits. They had chic shoes and healthy hair. Here were </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> women comfortable in their own skin, not trying to dress and act </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> and sound like guys. Here were the opposite of hoary archetypes— </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> those sharp-elbowed, steamrolling, ball-busting bitches. And here </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> was an antidote to the dreary navel-gazing and hairy-legged petu- </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> lance of Women’s Studies 101. These chicks were successful, but </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> still really fun. </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> So what was their secret? I started listening and learning, observing </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> how they made it all work. And before long, they were gushing </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> about their girlfriends. </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> Professional women from their twenties to their seventies started </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> recounting hilarious stories, and often they’d begin like this: “Well, </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> in my dinner group. . . .” “Your dinner group?” I’d ask. “Who’s in </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> your dinner group? What do you do when you get together?” Eat, </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> naturally. Drink, copiously. And gossip, naughtily. It all sounded </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> like a blast. </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> I started to discover dinner groups and salons and coworking and </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> networking circles in major cities across the United States. In </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> almost every case, the women thought they were alone in assem- </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> bling clusters of dear, smart girlfriends who met regularly to learn </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> and share. They’d never heard of the other groups, and when I told </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> them they were thrilled. “You’re onto something,” they’d say, and </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> then introduce me to their pals. </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> At that point, I didn’t have a thesis or a commissioned article or </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> a book contract. All I had was a hunch. Yet accomplished, in- </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> demand women agreed to talk to me. They made themselves avail- </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> able for open-ended interviews that, for all they knew, might go </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> nowhere—just because a friend had asked them to. So many times </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> in the course of reporting, I heard, “I never talk to the press. I’m </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> only talking to you because so-and-so said to.” The ladies were </p> <p style="margin-top: 0"> busy, but not too busy to do a favor for a friend. </p> </body></html>
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2013-07-26:
Journalist Ryckman's debut showcases the world of informal women's business support groups termed "Stiletto Networks." The groups cross a variety of industries such as finance, technology, media, and politics. However, common threads do emerge. No matter the industry or age, women establish these groups for the purposes of professional networking, support, friendship, and mentoring. Ryckman's descriptive profiles of the various networks make for an enjoyable read, as each chapter highlights a different group e.g., ChIPs (Chiefs in IP) and 4C2B (Force To Be). Some networks keep their membership lists anonymous, some are for older women, while others cater to younger women; copious quotes give readers the feeling they are in the room with these women. The author further explores what differentiates these networks from more traditional business networking groups and notes the variety of learning styles in women and their more collaborative nature (than men). She concludes with tips for women to start their own groups. Verdict A book for women working in any industry looking to build a professional support network, also for men curious about this latest phenomena.-Leigh Mihlrad, FDIC Lib., Washington, DC (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2013-03-04:
For some time, the "old-boy network" has been an acknowledged way for men to get things done in business, and the doors to many men's clubs were long closed to women trying to make it in the working world. Things have changed. Not only are women making strides in business, they are forging their own exclusive support systems, which journalist Ryckman calls "stiletto networks." In this engaging debut, Ryckman goes behind the scenes with some of today's most powerful female movers and shakers, sharing how they are forming all-girl salons, throwing dinners at their homes, and mingling outside board rooms to advance their careers, raise capital, and support each other personally and professionally. Among others, the author profiles notable business veterans like Silicon Valley venture capitalist Heidi Roizen, leadership coach Carol Hyatt, Oxygen Media's Geraldine Layborne, and dynamos like Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Gilt Group founder Susan Lynde. In an upbeat tone and energetic style, we learn how these successful women are coming together in intimate groups, where they embrace fashion, capital structures, and deals. Emboldening, encouraging, and entertaining, this book is essential reading for any woman who wishes to further her career while remaining true to herself. Agent: Jillian Manus, the Manus & Associates Literary Agency. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Reviews
Review Quotes
"A book for women working in any industry looking to build a professional support network, also for men curious about this latest phenomena." --Library Journal
"A book for women working in any industry looking to build a professional support network, also for men curious about this latest phenomena." --LJ Xpress Reviews
"...alternative type of network that's not only effective but fun, where women come together to share ideas, exchange advice and even invest in new companies." --Community Manager, Professional Women at LinkedIn
"Emboldening, encouraging, and entertaining, this book is essential reading for any woman who wishes to further her career while remaining true to herself." -- Publishers Weekly
"Emboldening, encouraging, and entertaining, this book is essential reading for any woman who wishes to further her career while remaining true to herself." --Publishers Weekly
"...filled with witty names and acronymsand, most important, with real-life stories of women helping other women...Inspiring and insightful." --ALA Booklist
"...filled with witty names and acronymsand, most important, with real-life stories of women helping other women...Inspiring and insightful." ALA Booklist
"Have courage, give courage. Stiletto Networks push members to pursue their passions." --Joyce Lain Kennedy, nationally syndicated career columnist
"...inspiration to any woman who, not only wants to be the ultimate entrepreneur, but is seeking to be a forerunner in the female power shift." --Dare Magazine
"...inspiration to any woman who, not only wants to be the ultimate entrepreneur, but is seeking to be a forerunner in the female power shift."-- Dare Magazine
"...provides the essential tools and guidance, for enriching the careers of successful women that go beyond the boardroom, and form lifelong friendships as well." --Blog Business World
"...provides the essential tools and guidance, for enriching the careers of successful women that go beyond the boardroom, and form lifelong friendships as well." Blog Business World
"...roadmap of how [women] can form their own "Stiletto Networks" and help others as well as themselves succeed in business and indeed in life." --Kay Koplovitz,The Huffington Post
"...roadmap of how [women] can form their own "Stiletto Networks" and help others as well as themselves succeed in business and indeed in life." The Huffington Post, Kay Koplovitz
"...Ryckman recognizes a new power trend in business: women banding together to bust through those barriers that continue to impede an individual woman's progress." --The Daily Blog, 800-CEO-Read
"...Ryckman recognizes a new power trend in business: women banding together to bust through those barriers that continue to impede an individual woman's progress." The Daily Blog, 800-CEO-Read
"Stiletto Networks: these clubs are blazing the business world" -- LearnVest
"Whether she's an aspiring teenager or fifty-something, Stiletto Network is a great book to gift a woman." --The Well-Heeled Society
"Women from every walk of life will be able to relate to this book... Stiletto Network is a movement that will have you hooked." -- Examiner.com
"Women from every walk of life will be able to relate to this book... Stiletto Network is a movement that will have you hooked."-- Examiner.com
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ADVANCE PRAISE FOR STILETTO NETWORK : "The next revolution in business is the rise of the feminine archetype. When glamour, knowledge, and power team up, formidable forces arise that will disrupt Wall Street and commerce. This book is an important glimpse into the future." Deepak Chopra " Stiletto Network is inspiring for all women across the world and a must-read for entrepreneurs. It's a story of true friendships coming together to create powerful movements. Watch out! Friendships equal a silent force" Angela Simmons , fashion designer/philanthropist/entrepreneur "Pamela Ryckman is like Malcolm Gladwellon women! Stiletto Network is fast-paced, engaging, and leaves no doubt that women are on the brink of changing society forever." Reshma Saujani , Founder of Girls Who Code "Pamela Ryckman is onto something big. This book will become a bible for working women of all stripes, but it's also a riveting read for anyone interested in how informal relationships have the power to change individuals and the world." Marci Alboher , former New York Times columnist, Vice President of Encore.org, and author of The Encore Career Handbook "Stiletto Network taps into fascinating new aspects of feminine leadership, delivering keen insights on a powerful movement that will no doubt make the world a better place. It exposes the 'Long Tail' of women's movements and is a must-read for men and women who are leaders in the making. This book will inspire you to think big and take action!" Alessandra Lariu , CEO of Shout and Cofounder of SheSays "Pamela Ryckman uses good old-fashioned storytelling to illuminate a moment in history where women are poised to make waves in business, politics, and philanthropy. An important read for men who want to know where the world is heading and want to understand the change (without feeling under attack)." Michael Berman , President of The Duberstein Group, Inc., and coauthor of Living Large
Bowker Data Service Summary
More women are running major companies than ever before. While still far too few in number, these female heads of industry are the forerunners of a radical shift in power now underway. During the past few years, women's groups have been coalescing in every major American city. Formidable ladies across professions are convening at unprecedented rates, forming salons, dinner groups, and networking circles, and collaborating to achieve clout and success. A new girls' network is alive and set to hyperdrive. Stiletto Network is about those groups: the 'Power Bitches,' 'Brazen Hussies' and 'S.L.U.T.S.: Successful Ladies Under Tremendous Stress.' It's about what happens when bright, extraordinary women, from captains of industry to aspiring entrepreneurs, come together to celebrate and unwind, debate and compare notes. But it's also about what happens when they leave the table, when the talking stops and the action starts. It's about how they mine their collective intelligence to realize their dreams or champion a cause, how they lift up their friends and push them forward, how they join forces to ensure each woman gets what she needs, be it information, an introduction, a partnership, or a landmark deal. This is the first book to shed light on this groundbreaking movement. Sharing story after story of women banding together to help other women, Stiletto Network is both a call to action and an inside look at a better way of doing business.
Main Description
More women are running major companies than ever before. A new girls' network is alive and set to hyperdrive. Ryckman explores what happens when bright, extraordinary women--from captains of industry to aspiring entrepreneurs--come together to celebrate and unwind, debate and compare notes.
Main Description
More women are running major companies than ever before. While still far too few in number, these female heads of industry are the forerunners of a radical shift in power now underway. During the past few years, women's groups have been coalescing in every major American city. Formidable ladies across professions are convening at unprecedented rates, forming salons, dinner groups, and networking circles - and collaborating to achieve clout and success. A new girls' network is alive and set to hyperdrive. Stiletto Network is about those groups: the "Power Bitches," "Brazen Hussies" and "S.L.U.T.S.: Successful Ladies Under Tremendous Stress." It's about what happens when bright, extraordinary women - from captains of industry to aspiring entrepreneurs - come together to celebrate and unwind, debate and compare notes. But it's also about what happens when they leave the table, when the talking stops and the action starts. It's about how they mine their collective intelligence to realize their dreams or champion a cause, how they lift up their friends and push them forward, how they join forces to ensure each woman gets what she needs - be it information, an introduction, a partnership, or a landmark deal. This is the first book to shed light on this groundbreaking movement. Sharing story after story of women banding together to help other women, Stiletto Network is both a call to action and an inside look at a better way of doing business.
Main Description
More women are running major companies than ever before. While still far too few in number, these female heads of industry are the forerunners of a radical shift in power now underway. During the past few years, women's groups have been coalescing in every major American city. Formidable ladies across professions are convening at unprecedented rates, forming salons, dinner groups, and networking circles-and collaborating to achieve clout and success. A new girls' network is alive and set to hyperdrive. 'Stiletto Network' is about those groups: the "Power Bitches," "Brazen Hussies" and "S.L.U.T.S.: Successful Ladies Under Tremendous Stress." It's about what happens when bright, extraordinary women-from captains of industry to aspiring entrepreneurs-come together to celebrate and unwind, debate and compare notes. But it's also about what happens when they leave the table, when the talking stops and the action starts. It's about how they mine their collective intelligence to realize their dreams or champion a cause, how they lift up their friends and push them forward, how they join forces to ensure each woman gets what she needs-be it information, an introduction, a partnership, or a landmark deal. This is the first book to shed light on this groundbreaking movement. Sharing story after story of women banding together to help other women, 'Stiletto Network' is both a call to action and an inside look at a better way of doing business.
Main Description
More women are running major companies than ever before. While still far too few in number, these female heads of industry are the forerunners of a radical shift in power now underway. During the past few years, women's groups have been coalescing in every major American city. Formidable ladies across professions are convening at unprecedented rates, forming salons, dinner groups, and networking circles, and collaborating to achieve clout and success. A new girls' network is alive and set to hyperdrive. Stiletto Network is about those groups: the "Power Bitches," "Brazen Hussies" and "S.L.U.T.S.: Successful Ladies Under Tremendous Stress." It's about what happens when bright, extraordinary women, from captains of industry to aspiring entrepreneurs, come together to celebrate and unwind, debate and compare notes. But it's also about what happens when they leave the table, when the talking stops and the action starts. It's about how they mine their collective intelligence to realize their dreams or champion a cause, how they lift up their friends and push them forward, how they join forces to ensure each woman gets what she needs, be it information, an introduction, a partnership, or a landmark deal. This is the first book to shed light on this groundbreaking movement. Sharing story after story of women banding together to help other women, Stiletto Network is both a call to action and an inside look at a better way of doing business.
Main Description
More women are running major companies than ever before. While still far too few in number, these female heads of industry are the forerunners of a radical shift in power now underway. During the past few years, women's groups have been coalescing in every major American city. Formidable ladies across professions are convening at unprecedented rates, forming salons, dinner groups, and networking circlesand collaborating to achieve clout and success. A new girls' network is alive and set to hyperdrive. Stiletto Network is about those groups: the "Power Bitches," "Brazen Hussies" and "S.L.U.T.S.: Successful Ladies Under Tremendous Stress." It's about what happens when bright, extraordinary womenfrom captains of industry to aspiring entrepreneurscome together to celebrate and unwind, debate and compare notes. But it's also about what happens when they leave the table, when the talking stops and the action starts. It's about how they mine their collective intelligence to realize their dreams or champion a cause, how they lift up their friends and push them forward, how they join forces to ensure each woman gets what she needsbe it information, an introduction, a partnership, or a landmark deal. This is the first book to shed light on this groundbreaking movement. Sharing story after story of women banding together to help other women, Stiletto Network is both a call to action and an inside look at a better way of doing business.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
A Force to Be Reckoned Withp. 9
Ladies Who Lunchp. 30
Even a Live Wire Needs a Connectionp. 51
"Girlpreneurs" Risingp. 74
Lady 2.0p. 95
The Comfort Formulap. 115
The Stiletto Network Revolutionp. 139
Walk the Talkp. 159
Big Motor Girlsp. 179
Shake Your Moneymakerp. 199
Belizean Grove: The World's Ultimate Old Girls' Clubp. 219
Conclusion: Creating Your Own Stiletto Networkp. 246
Indexp. 251
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