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Stiletto Network: Inside the Women's Power Circles That Are Changing the Face of Business Hardcover – May 16, 2013

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Former strategist Ryckman sets out simply to chronicle the ever-growing circles of influence created by women in all industries and at all levels. Her book is filled with witty names and acronyms—the Harpies, PEWIN, Wafia—and, most important, with real-life stories of women helping other women with investment funding, for charity, or to change a part of the world. These power circles, in place since the 1990s, are strong, based as they are on the female need to become the biggest, boldest, bravest version of yourself that you can be. The last chapter covers high-level advice for starting a network. Inspiring and insightful. --Barbara Jacobs

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"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



“…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



“Have courage, give courage. Stiletto Networks push members to pursue their passions.” --Joyce Lain Kennedy, nationally syndicated career columnist



"Stiletto Networks: these clubs are blazing the business world" --LearnVest



"…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



"...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



“…filled with witty names and acronyms—and, most important, with real-life stories of women helping other women...Inspiring and insightful.” --ALA Booklist



“…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



"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



"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



"Whether she's an aspiring teenager or fifty-something, Stiletto Network is a great book to gift a woman.” --The Well-Heeled Society



"…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

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: AMACOM (May 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814432530
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814432532
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #493,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you wonder about the power of networks or the commitment of women to help other women, you should get your hands on Stiletto Network by Pamela Ryckman.

Through stories of successful women - many of whom are entrepreneurs and creators of businesses we love - Pamela highlights the importance of strategic relationships, the intergenerational success-support women are sharing and the difference it can make to belong to a network of like-minded women.

Madeleine Albright has famously said, "There's a special place in #¢!! for women who don't help each other." This being the case, the women featured in Stiletto Network are certainly blessed.

And while Pamela highlights high rollers and beautiful people, the lessons apply to all of us. Power up your career - use the lessons in Stiletto Network and join or create your own strategic network!

Lead ON!
Susan Colantuono, CEO LeadingWomen.biz
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The confirmation that women are now working together and helping one another to succeed was great and encouraging to me as a young professional woman working in a male-dominated field. My work girlfriends and I get together for cocktails at least once a month and this book really emphasized the importance of getting together and supporting each other both personally and professionally.

The reason for only 2 stars is because I thought there was way too much summary. There was more telling rather than showing, and that made it easy to lost interest quickly. The book also got a little redundant - different versions of the same idea hashed out chapter after chapter.

Overall, I did find the book to be inspiring and was glad to have read it. I just think that it could have either been shortened into an article or more focused on one or two women and their struggle which would have allowed it to be more emotionally compelling and moving.

Love the book title!
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Stiletto Network is a book about women, but it is not a book for women only. Any man who consciously chooses not to pick up this work because stories of successful women helping each other in business is not for him will be doing himself a great disservice. Everyone can learn something--or at the very least be entertained--by the included accounts of caring, conscientious women putting their brainy, sexy heads together to do good--no, great--and everyone should. Read and enjoy Stiletto Network. And then, follow the lead of the women whose careers and lives are explored in its pages and pay the recommendation forward. In that way, everyone will benefit.
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As the CEO of Watermark, a Women's organization that provides meaningful connections, I read a lot of books for women. Stiletto Networks stands out as one that captures the new version of the women's movement I grew up with. I'm inspired and motivated to leverage some of the great examples Rykman shares in this book. Definitely put this on your reading list and more importantly create your own story and help build the groundswell of women supporting women.
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I could easily do without the juvenile nomenclature that includes "stiletto network" as well as the "Harpies," "Babes in Boyland," "Chicks in Charge," the "Broad Squad," and "SLUTS" (Successful Ladies Under Tremendous Stress) but am grateful to Pamela Ryckman for all that I have learned about the nature, extent, power, and value of business women's networks. I selected her remarks for the title of this review and presume to add that the networks can help those who become members -- not only those who found them -- to make a "personal dent in the world."

Ryckman provides a wealth of information, insights, and counsel while focusing on a number of highly successful and motivated women who have established a network to provide encouragement and support so that other women can also achieve personal growth and professional advancement. Here in Dallas near the downtown area, there is a Farmer's Market at which several merchants offer slices of fresh fruit as samples of their wares. In that spirit, I now offer several brief excerpts from the book, representative of the several hundred that caught my eye.

o Rychman: "So this is a love story disguised ass a business story, a tale of female friendship. It's a story of women whose huge hearts match their mighty brains. Women who choose passion over balance. Women who leap into life. It's about the kind of woman so many of us are striving to be. And with help from our Stiletto Networks, we can." (Page 8)

o Kim Moses: "Bering with these women, reaching out to others, we all end up talking about our personal stories and life journeys. It's pure magic and we're moved out of our universe for a couple of hours." (15)

o Rychman: "The next decade will see an explosion of female wealth and power.
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This book is about powerful women, as well as some other women aiming to be powerful in our world of male dominence. As I read through this book I see compassion and action from many dedicated women who are on the rise to help other women do the same. There are many groups forming and many more to come. As I started reading this book, I also had a magazine open and came across an article titled "The Last Politicians" ...a story of 20 women in our government who are cutting deals, passing bills ..." women acting with "civility above all" and taking "greater responsibility". What will eventually change in our world is having a backbone and this book gives the reader a heads up on what is possible. Since reading this book, there is a group of powerful women in our local community who have started this same process of support. Wonderful read, wonderful ideas, wonderful hope for personal growth and community change. Thank you/CJS
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