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Mary K. Nolan The Hamilton Spectator (Mar 7, 2009)
There are actually 48 pieces of advice in 1 Piece of Advice, a new motivational book aimed at women, who will be celebrating International Women's Day tomorrow.
Add a couple of pearls of wisdom from its authors, Hamilton-born cousins Barbara Moser and Patricia Moser-Stern, and the list grows to 50 pieces of indisputably good advice.
But who's counting? The point was to convey a single piece of advice from dozens of the world's powerful and successful women.
They're not all famous -- in fact, it's a safe bet that most readers will be familiar with no more than a fifth of them.
Dame Calliopa Pearlette Louisy, Governor General of St. Lucia, and Yolanda Kakabadse Navarro, an Ecuadorian environmentalist, are not exactly household names, unlike Karen Kain, artistic director of the National Ballet of Canada, and Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion.
But each woman whose photo and biography appears in the 144-page hardcover book has valuable wisdom to share, based on her experiences on the journey to excellence in her particular field.
Moser-Stern, who attended Scott Park and Parkside high schools and McMaster University, has made a career of procurement and supply chain management and now runs her own consulting practice. Moser, born in Hamilton and raised in Grimsby, is an aerospace engineer with a master's degree in business administration.
We're from a family of overachievers, Moser-Stern laughs; But we're really just two women in science who've written a book.
In their traditionally male-populated fields, they've seen the glass ceiling and they know it still exists. One only has to look at the comparatively few women CEOs on the Fortune 500 list.
In this day and age, we shouldn't have to write a book like this; says Moser-Stern.
After months of Internet research, the pair sent out about 350 letters to women all over the world -- politicians, CEOs, social activists, athletes, academics and artists.
The first responses, which arrived on the same day, came from publishing powerhouse Heather Reisman and former Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown (whose reply was written on a typewriter.)
I called my cousin and I was so excited, she thought we'd won the lottery, and to a certain extent we had. We felt 'If those two think it's a good idea and have responded, then we must have something here.
There are entries, ranging from three words to 200, from the San Francisco fire chief, a retired U.S. Army general, the head of the Tsawwassen First Nation, a Kenyan judge, British rabbi, Afghani human rights commissioner and the Liechtenstein ambassador to the U.S.
The advice in the book transcends the traditional definition of success, says Moser-Stern.It's more about how you proceed in life. --The Hamilton Spectator, March 7, 2009
How to get wise to success
Not sure what to do? Get some valuble life lessons from two authors who sought the counsel of the world's most powerful and successful women
<B.My advice: Take their advice.
From 48 powerful women leaders from around the world, including politicians, CEOs, social activists, academics, artists and athletes, these women blazed career paths in spite of the odds and shattered the glass ceiling.
Each one's single best piece of advice is showcased in a book entitled 1 Piece of Advice. It's an inspirational vehicle to let women know that anything is possible, that "the only time you fail is when you stop trying," say the authors Barbara Moser and Patricia Moser-Stern, who were presented yesterday with a bronze medal in the Women's Issues category at the 2009 Independent Book Publisher Awards held in New York.
Pummeled by stats and news about the women's inability to "break through" in a variety fields, the cousin-authors decided to focus on success. "This is not to say that barriers don't exist, but if you always focus on what can't be done it often becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy . . .," says Moser-Stern.
"We hope women will recognize that with persistence, courage and passion, women have and can be successful. I guess it is our version of Obama's, 'Yes we can!'"
The women featured had to overcome challenges to become successful, "some more, some less, but for none of them was it necessarily a straight-line to where they are today," says Moser-Stern.
"Interestingly, when people see others who are successful there is sometimes the sense that they magically arrived there without struggles or challenges. The stories of the women in the book paint quite a different picture on what the road to success can look like."
Approximately 350 exceptional women were approached -- all 48 who responded got printed. The shortest was three words and the longest 200. There was no consistent theme.
"Learning about so many accomplished women, in many different fields, in far-flung geographies was definitely a highlight," says Moser-Stern, and being able to showcase them for others to learn about them was the biggest bonus of the process.
Glass ceilings aside, the Hamilton, Ont.-born authors have both experienced success in male-dominated fields. Moser is an aerospace engineer and Moser-Stern runs her own supply management and procurement company.
So what one piece of advice would the authors offer up?
"Paraphrasing the poet Tennyson, we are all 'a part of all that we have met' and it is up to us to make the most of our life experiences," says Moser.
Adds Moser-Stern: "Dream big, otherwise you will only achieve small."
--The Sun Newspapers, across Canada, May 31, 2009
Her educational path was determined by a pursuit of subjects that she loved, so she ended up with an eclectic mix of a BSc. in Psychology, a BSc. in Chemistry and a Masters in Business Administration.
She began her career in a biologics company, where she took a role in the Production area of the organization. She learned a lot about the perception of women at this company and about the dance at which women need to be much more astute than their male counterparts. Patricia then pursued, not only different roles, in different organizations, but in completely different industries, satisfying her need to continually learn and challenge the status quo.
Patricia is a true leader and an impassioned advocate for women's rights. She is continually sought out by magazines and conferences for her prolific writing and dynamic presentations.
Co-Author Barbara Moser is a Professional Engineer and holds an MBA from University of Toronto and York University, respectively. Over the past 20 years she has held various senior management positions in Operations and Quality Management. She has extensive experience in the aerospace and electro-mechanical industry sectors, having spent most of her career in manufacturing.
Barbara brings a passion for doing things right, as well as efficiently, to everything she undertakes and she has taken a lead role in directing companies through periods of rapid and sustained growth. Barbara is also committed to her work within the community, actively participating on several volunteer committees.
Her keen interest in mentoring young women in their career choices was further enhanced when she had the opportunity to teach high school. She is devoted to her husband and three children and any free time she has is spent indulging in her hobbies, most notably flying small aircraft.