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The Next Generation of Women Leaders: What You Need to Lead but Won't Learn in Business School [Hardcover]

Selena Rezvani
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Book Description

December 22, 2009 0313376662 978-0313376665

Over the course of a year, Selena Rezvani interviewed women executives in various industries, roles, and job functions, including Jamie McCourt, president of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Denise Incandela, president of Saks Direct at Saks Fifth Avenue, Roxanne Spillett, president and CEO of Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and Naomi Earp, chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The result is The Next Generation of Women LeaderS≪/i>, a penetrating, eye-opening, and ultimately empowering narrative, filled with stories of remarkable women who navigated the leadership maze and triumphed.

While the leadership landscape may be shifting in women's favor, women are nowhere near an equal presence in leadership roles when compared to men. Rezvani's achievement was to engage some extraordinarily accomplished women as mentors, each of whom provided tools and information that young women can use to shape their own careers. The Next Generation of Women LeaderS≪/i> encourages younger women to be their own advocates when it comes to professional growth and advancement, and it provides tangible how-tos on negotiating the workplace as a woman.

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Editorial Reviews


• Gathers and analyzes advice from 30 top women executives in one convenient guidebook, providing readers with a consolidated source of information

• Fills a gap in current publishing by being the first book to provide business and leadership advice specifically for Generation X and Y women

• Describes numerous career techniques, strategies for success, illustrative stories, and critical lessons learned from women who have achieved leadership success

• Offers a realistic portrayal of working life for women in management and leadership positions—how far they have come and how far there still is to go

• Includes 30 interviews with highly accomplished business women

• Offers a foreword by Gail Evans, the highest-ranking woman executive ever at CNN

• Provides a far-reaching bibliography of significant materials combining works examining gender dynamics in addition to business classics

"It is a definite MUST READ for women moving up and women who would like insight into how to develop our next generation of women leaders."


WE magazine

"I commend Selena Rezvani on bringing to the forefront such important information. . . . I highly recommend this book to any young woman entering a career or has aspirations of becoming a leader. I also believe this book should be a 'must read' in all business curriculum, not only for females but males as well."


"Recommended. All collections and readership levels."



"The book is a must-read for women just beginning their careers, as well as for those searching for their next steps."


On Campus With Women

"getAbstract considers this thoroughly researched text a must read, not only for women launching their careers, but also for anyone, male or female, with leadership aspirations."



"Rezvani does an excellent job of focusing on the lessons learned by the 30 business leaders interviewed that can be passed on to the next generations to affect change. . . . Rezvani provides much practical insight into office politics and how to successfully navigate through it to your personal advantage. . . . just hope when young women are deciding their career options that they can visualize and aspire to being president of a bank. I would advise every one of them to read this book to get a head start on a wonderful career in banking."


ABA Banking Journal


"Rezvani's book is full of wisdom hard won through her own experience and that of leading women executives of America whom she interviewed. This is a must read book for women who want to advance their careers."


Evelyn Murphy, Ph.D, President of the WAGE Project, Inc. & Former Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 181 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (December 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313376662
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313376665
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #399,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Selena Rezvani's goal is to propel more women into the top echelons of businesses -- an objective she achieves through her writing, consulting, and speaking engagements. She is the co-owner of Women's Roadmap, a consulting firm that elevates women into leadership through assessment, the design of gender-inclusive policies, and coaching. Outside of her consulting and coaching work, Selena promotes her message through training programs, teaching some of the brightest minds in business at Harvard, SAP, Princeton, Comcast, UBS, Duke, Johnson & Johnson, and many others.

She has been quoted, interviewed, and profiled by CareerBuilder, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, ABC, and NBC. She is a regular commentator on NPR's syndicated 51 Percent: The Women's Perspective and writes columns on women and leadership for the Washington Post and Forbes. She is the author of the acclaimed career guidebooks PUSHBACK: How Smart Women Ask--and Stand Up--for What They Want (Jossey-Bass, 2012) and The Next Generation of Women Leaders: What You Need to Lead but Won't Learn in Business School (Praeger, 2009).

Selena received her bachelor of science and master of social work degrees from New York University, and has an MBA from Johns Hopkins University, where she was the recipient of the Edward Stegman Award for academic excellence. She lives near Philadelphia. For more information, visit:

Customer Reviews

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Says... June 9, 2010
Has the glass ceiling been shattered? There is a widely accepted perception that it has. However, as author Selena Rezvani points out in chapter one of The Next Generation of Women Leaders, although women make up 46.5 percent of the U.S. workforce, they constitute only 15.7 percent of corporate officers. What you won't learn in business school, which Rezvani discovered from interviewing top women executives, is that social, economic, psychological, and even generational barriers still prevent women from reaching the top. But don't despair. This book is chock full of highly useful tips and information to help women of all ages creatively circumnavigate these roadblocks and negotiate their way to the top.

A John Hopkins University MBA graduate and successful consultant, Rezvani conducted thirty interviews with top women executives in the corporate, non-profit and government sectors. She then analyzed her data for trends. The overarching themes of her analysis are covered in chapters two through nine, and address everything from career orientation to maneuvering office politics, networking and negotiating. Although this may sound like any other book on how to succeed in business, it contains plenty of information that might otherwise take you your entire career to learn. In fact, The Next Generation of Women Leaders reads more like a handbook that you will go back to at different stages in your career.

There is an emphasis in this book on networking, which many of us are tired of hearing about. However, Rezvani's presentation is empowering. She describes networking as a lifetime activity that helps women forge lasting relationships, learn more about their areas of business, discover other career paths and develop outside interests and skills.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For more than just the young, new leaders June 4, 2011
There are so many articles being written on the problems women face in the workplace but few give the in-depth and realistic advice as Selena Rezvani does in The Next Generation of Women Leaders. She bluntly reveals the current reality, which business schools fail to share. In my own research for my book Wander Woman[...], I discovered that most women lack the teachers and mentors that will tell them what to expect and how to deal with the ongoing discrimination in the workplace. I would have loved to recommend this book to the women in my study.

Once she paints a vivid picture of the workplace, Rezvani provides clear guidance on what it will take to be a leader in this environment. I have been working inside as a leader and from the outside as an executive coach for over thirty years. I found many ideas I can share with my female clients of all ages. I even quoted Rezvani in a Huffington Post article on the problems with women's programs at [...]. She is a woman wise beyond her years. Her book is a gift to all working women. You won't regret reading it and keeping in close by as a vital resource for your career development.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational and Eye Opening March 15, 2013
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This book does an excellent job of focusing on the lessons learned by the 30 business leaders that can be passed on to the next generations to affect change. This book provides practical insight for women into office politics and how to successfully navigate them to the reader's own advantage.

I would recommend this book to all young women who want to get a head start on a successful career, for those who are still searching, or anyone looking for their "next steps."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, relevant, comprehensive July 13, 2011
Rezvani's book is a timely, thought-provoking and comprehensive guide for ambitious young women. All of the topics are relevant and the insights new. It felt like I was having a personal discussion with the author as I read, as opposed to reading a list of tips on 'how to maximize your inherent power as a woman and as a leader'.

Rezvani collects the wisdom and advice from a number of powerful, successful, and candid women to illustrate her main themes and points. What I found most interesting were Rezvani's own gems of summary and/or analysis in-between these quotes and stories that continue to impact my everyday thoughts and actions.

For example, I still often find the majority of "networking" events to be superficial or lacking in depth--but with Rezvani's discussion of the authenticity of networking, it opened my eyes to the possibilities of renewing my own priorities and creating a level of comfort--by just getting to know new people, rather than determining how to use people and how they will use me.

Additionally, I found the discussion of how important people are in an organization to be incredibly helpful. I feel that one of the greatest struggles as an ambitious young woman is reigning in the tendency to "leave everyone in the dust in order to get to the top." Understanding the complexities involved and the importance of "people first" has been instrumental in my development personally, and especially as a manger and as a leader.

Beyond these two examples, the book is filled with a plethora of sound and tempered advice for each arena a woman might find herself in throughout her career path and development as a leader.

I really have no criticism for the book--only that I would have been interested in some discussion of generational issues (between women) and sexism being addressed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Similar message
This is a decent book, but does not have any other information that the other books on the topic have. Was not worth the buy. Read more
Published 10 months ago by SDL
4.0 out of 5 stars a great book for this generation
Loved itnadn very helpful... wish I had ordered it in hardback though so I could take notes in the margins
Published 12 months ago by Alexandra
4.0 out of 5 stars Leadership Tips for Aspiring Leaders - Men and Women
Selena Rezvani wrote an interesting book entitled, The Next Generation of Women Leaders, What You Need to Lead but Won't Learn in Business School. Read more
Published on January 24, 2012 by Debbie L
2.0 out of 5 stars Overrated and filled with common knowledge
This book is way overrated. Maybe our mother's or big sister's generations needed this book, but now all of it's information is very common place. Read more
Published on January 24, 2012 by stacy
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirationally useful!
What a fabulous book! I was inspired by the discussion of the strengths of female leaders and appreciated the unique insights Rezvani uncovered in the interviews. Read more
Published on June 28, 2011 by Eden King
5.0 out of 5 stars I wish I had a copy of this book when I graduated!
If you are looking for a graduation gift for your daughter, niece, or sister, this is a great gift. I wish I had a copy of this book when I graduated! Read more
Published on May 23, 2011 by Kara Stafford Lindahl
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and Informative!
I love this book! If you're a woman and you're looking to get ahead and navigate those murky waters of corporate America, this book is for you. Read more
Published on May 23, 2011 by Jodi Glickman
4.0 out of 5 stars From one generation to another, proven advice on leadership for women
Getting ahead in today's competitive, cutthroat business world is tough, particularly for women, who account for only 3% of Fortune 500 CEOs, even though females comprise nearly... Read more
Published on December 16, 2010 by Rolf Dobelli
2.0 out of 5 stars Misleading title
I was attracted to this book originally because I enjoy Ms. Rezvani's column in the Washington Post. Read more
Published on October 23, 2010 by Calliopea
5.0 out of 5 stars Tangible, Actionable, and Worthwhile
Amidst no shortage of business resources, Rezvani's work provides definitively valuable (and actionable) guidance to her readers.. Read more
Published on October 22, 2010 by A-Mart
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