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About the Author

Elizabeth Ghaffari is the founder, president, and chief executive officer of Technology Place Inc., a California-based company that provides technical consulting services for business clients in need of successful e-business strategies and enhanced electronic communications with customers and business partners. Ghaffari also runs Champion Boards, established to foster the design of great boards of directors through knowledge and information, with a special emphasis on the advancement of top-level women to corporate board roles. She is the author of Outstanding in their Field: How Women Corporate Directors Succeed (Praeger, 2009) consisting of interviews and lessons from 15 female corporate directors at Fortune 1000 firms in California. She writes for major business journals and blogs on the topic of corporate governance and diversity. Ghaffari received her master s degree in management from the Anderson School of Business, University of California at Los Angeles, and her bachelor of science degree in political science from The American University in Washington, D.C.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 358 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2011 edition (December 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430237295
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430237297
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,856,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elizabeth Ghaffari is a business professional with twenty years' experience as President/CEO of Technology Place Inc, her own technology consulting business, and another fifteen years' experience in corporate data processing, operations, economics and project management in the U.S. and abroad.

Ms. Ghaffari applies her governance research and analyses, through Champion Boards, a service of Technology Place Inc., to advocacy and advisory consulting with businesses entrepreneurs who want to build boards as a tool to foster effective strategic planning and promote business growth.

In 2004, Ms. Ghaffari began analyzing the changes arising in the public corporate marketplace as a result of federal laws mandating greater transparency and accountability of U.S. stock-based companies. Her "Surveys of Women on Boards of Directors at California-Based Fortune 1000 Firms" in 2004 and 2005 provided the biographical and research foundation for her book, Outstanding in Their Field. (www.outstanding-in-their-field.com)

The Champion Boards web site (www.championboards.com) is recognized as an authoritative resource for innovative and creative analysis of the women on boards challenge, and her writings have been recognized and cited by other web-based resources and business journals.

Ms. Ghaffari presents her research and survey findings at corporate, academic and public conferences dealing with the challenge of women's advancement to leadership and board service.

Her educational background includes governance, economics, and political science at Stanford University, University of California at Los Angeles (Anderson Graduate School of Business) and American University (DC) and Wheaton College (MA).

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Generally, I don't much enjoy historical accounts of personal achievement. I find they don't leave you with much take-away.

I picked up Women Leaders at Work and approached it with reserved skepticism and three pages in I was hooked. Ms. Ghaffari poses some fabulous questions to each of women interviewed. She does a wonderful job teasing out how each woman mastered skills, navigated organizations, faced and embraced change, utilized mentors and contacts to best play upon their strengths. The interviews are awesome.

I especially appreciated her capturing each woman's challenges in the home/work life balance and their unflinching confidence in transitioning through change. Re-invention is a theme that runs through each of their lives, as is courage to take on assignments which on face value seemed outside the scope of their core compentencies.

Every women out there should read this book. The life lessons are inspirational and foster a perspective of confidence in one's own ablities. I guarantee the reader will never again suffer the dark clouds of self-doubt that can plague you along the journey.

Devour it. I did and will never look at my career decisions the same again. Well done, Ms. Ghaffari, and thank you for a wonderful book.
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