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Becoming Ginger Rogers: How Ballroom Dancing Made Me a Happier Woman, Better Partner, and Smarter CEO Paperback – September 6, 2011
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"Becoming Gingers Rogers is a timely exploration of the problems faced by high-flying modern women, as well as a persuasive manifesto for the real-world applications of ballroom—and for the sheer joy of dance."
Tanaka's toe-tapping tale of how she awakens to the rhythms of her body and learns to dance through her mistakes at work as well as in the ballroom shines with inspiration. It may even send you off to buy a sequined dress and some Ginger Rogers shoes of your own.”
Alice Schroeder, best-selling author of The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life
In her compelling Becoming Ginger Roger: How Ballroom Dancing Made Me a Happier Woman, a Better Partner and Smarter CEO, she reports how she reached stardom in her newfound hobby while morphing her into a more effective manager and boss. Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop!”
Harold Burson, Founder and Chairman, Burson-Marsteller
"If you’re a Dancing With the Stars” fan, you'll love this book about ballroom dancing and how it transformed Patrice Tanaka's life and made her a happier woman and more successful CEO."
Edyta Sliwinska, Ballroom Champion, Dancing With the Stars” Seasons 1-10
"This is such a great analogy how performing fearlessly in the ballroom world can impact one's courage and perspective in the business world. Patrice Tanaka's inspiring memoir about the lessons she learned on the dance floor and how she applied them to her life and career is a joy to read."
Nina DiSesa, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer, McCann New York
Becoming Ginger Rogers is about performing full out and fearlessly in the ballroom world and adopting that approach to great success in the business world. As her client of more than a decade, I can vouch for that being the case. Patrice has written a joyful and inspiring memoir about the lessons learned from competitive ballroom dancing that have helped her to a richly rewarding business and personal life.”
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, President, Charles Schwab Foundation
If you’ve ever thought about learning to ballroom dance, this inspiring book by Patrice Tanaka will convince you to run, not walk, to your nearest dance studio.”
John Kimmins, President, Arthur Murray Studios
Through [Tanaka’s] courage and sense of purpose she makes us see what love and determination can achieve."
Madeline DeVries Hooper, Founder, DeVries PR
About the Author
Patrice has been honored by many public relations, marketing, business, and civic organizations, including the Public Relations Society of America (Paul M. Lund Award for Public Service”), The Holmes Group (Creativity All-Star” Award), New York Women in Communications (Matrix” Award), Association for Women in Communications (Headliner” Award), Girl Scout Council of Greater New York (Woman of Distinction” Award), Working Mother Magazine (Mothering That Works” Award), and Asian Women in Business (Entrepreneurial Leadership Award”).
Born and raised in Hawaii, Patrice graduated from the University of Hawaii in 1974 and following that worked as an editor at Hawaii Press Newspapers in Honolulu and later served as PR Director of the Hotel Inter-Continental Maui in Wailea. In 1979, she fulfilled a life-long dream of moving to New York City. Patrice joined Jessica Dee Communications, a PR agency she helped to build, which was acquired by Chiat/Day Advertising in 1987. In 1990, she led a management buyback of a group of eleven colleagues to co-found PT&Co. and served as the PR agency’s CEO & Chief Creative Officer. In 2005, Patrice and her co-founders sold PT&Co. to Richmond, Virginia-based Carter Ryley Thomas to form CRT/tanaka.
A widow since 2003, Patrice lives in Manhattan. She devotes much of her free time to serving on the boards of non-profit organizations dedicated to helping women and girls, including the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York, the Family Violence Prevention Fund, the American Friends of Phelophepa (the South African health care train), and Asian Women in Business. She also serves on the Past Presidents Council of New York Women in Communications and is a former trustee and member of the Women’s Forum New York. Patrice is a competitive ballroom dancer and avid tennis player.
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Patrice Tanaka combines self-deprecation and huge insight in a way only highly intelligent writers and thinkers can. Her honesty both with herself and thus the reader packs a powerful punch and her smart internal temperature reads teach us all how to be better, smarter and happier at whatever we do while on this journey of life.
And along the way, she's become one heck of dancer as evidenced by her online videos!!!!
Many valuable and progressive messages and lessons make this work a must read and a great book club choice.
In the book we learn the behind the scene world of learning competitive dancing while at the same time learning new ways to work more successfully in a demanding career in unprecedented times of change , I can see clearly in her memoir that no matter what steps are taken, and how good the choreography... a nimble spirit filled with joy can make all the difference ! The book was fun to read and it stands as one woman's samba toward self realization that we all can learn from. The book is uniquely structured and it was for me a fun afternoon read. Very easy to follow and very easy to provide one's own personal empathy and true life analogies. Great book for boomers who have for whatever reason, put dreams in moth balls!
For Tanaka, ballroom dancing became a "life raft" during a particularly challenging time. She does a great job of taking the reader along for the ride through her experiences, realizations, and transformations. Immediately, I was swept into the book's current by the hilarious story about a fantastic and memorable PR campaign for Dyson vacuum cleaners, and I read straight through!
I found myself really rooting for Tanaka, and that extended to a feeling that I was also rooting for myself and for others I know who have experienced similar trials and challenges.
One of the biggest joys of this book, for me, is the author doesn't hold anything back -- she's completely honest about her personal and professional trials as well as her personal and professional triumphs. She wrote the book in the same manner in which she has learned to dance - no-holds-barred.
The book is very valuable as a straight business memoir (but it's also so much more than that), as Tanaka gives a totally candid and informative account of the inner workings of a PR agency and of some high-profile campaigns, like the Dyson one. You don't need to be a PR insider to benefit from the view - the information will be valuable to anyone involved in service-oriented, creative, or entrepreneurial business.
I found the book to be very well paced and nicely balanced between the business stories, the personal stories, and the dance stories.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Becoming Ginger Rogers is a great book for rediscovering oneself. I thought it would be just like any memoir book focused on work experience and success stories. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Corina Manea
It's just too tempting to not call this the Eat, Pray Love for women who are juggling all sorts of commitments and looking for a way to schedule themselves back into their lives as... Read morePublished 15 months ago by LF413
Tanaka's book inspired me! She encourages readers to be fully present, do what you love and live with passion. These actions will bring more to our personal life and careers. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Dancing Bear
Wonderful and inspiring book. I followed her lead and found everything Ms. Tanaka share to be true!Published 17 months ago by Stacie Briley
This book is a good read for anyone. Not just people who dance. It is a good reminder to those who are struggling to not take everything quite so seriously. Read morePublished on September 14, 2013 by LMS
What a great read! In "Becoming Ginger Rogers," Patrice Tanaka shares her life lessons as a business leader, devoted wife, and professional ballroom dancer. Ms. Read morePublished on March 27, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Our book club chose this title because one of our members had begun taking ballroom dance lessons and was about to enter her first competition and we were all planning to attend... Read morePublished on March 15, 2013 by Elizabeth C. Friedmann