- Hardcover: 209 pages
- Publisher: Leverage Media (2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615444784
- ISBN-13: 978-0615444789
- Package Dimensions: 9.6 x 8.6 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #710,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Courageous Counsel: Conversations with Women General Counsel in the Fortune 500 Hardcover – 2011
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Perhaps you were unaware that the book, "Courageous Counsel" is published by the law firm SNR Denton at Leverage Media. The co-author Kara works at SNR Denton and they are outside counsel to Allstate where the other author, Michele Mayes, is GC. All the books have that sticker.
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By reading the book, I discovered I was a "first waver", as the General Counsel at Nestle Beverage in the early 1990s. No wonder it seemed hard to find role models! But with this book, that doesn't need to be the case for you.
This book encourages you to find you own path to success. It profiles many women GCs who got to where they are by different routes and with different backgrounds and styles. No one size fits all advice here! And that's a good thing. Because regardless of where you went to law school, what your substantive expertise is, how you spent your early career, or what your personal style is, there is likely to be a role model and solid career advice in this book.