- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (May 8, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1118182626
- ISBN-13: 978-1118182628
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,548,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Women of Berkshire Hathaway: Lessons from Warren Buffett's Female CEOs and Directors Hardcover – May 8, 2012
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Although women continue to make up only a small minority of CEOsand board members at major companies, there has been a markedincrease in the number of female business leaders in recent years.Nowhere is that more evident than among Berkshire Hathaway'sholdings, and The Women of Berkshire Hathaway: Lessons from WarrenBuffett's Female CEOs and Directors presents an in-depth look atthe women who have risen to the top in a decidedly male-centricindustry.
An influx of female leadership over the past few years hasinvigorated Berkshire Hathaway with new energy and refreshinginsights. The Women of Berkshire Hathaway offers a unique look intothe lives of these remarkable individuals, as well as a valuableoverview of the changing role of women in big business today.
Bringing together the trials and successes of Berkshire's fourfemale CEOsup from just one a decade agoand five otherincredible women who have profoundly shaped the company's successthrough their hard work and business savvy, this collection ofstories spans generations, nations, and industries. From RoseBlumkin, who left Eastern Europe for America in 1917 and laterfounded the legendary Nebraska Furniture Mart, to Susan Decker, theyoungest member of Berkshire's board of directors in the company'shistory, the book tells the tales of some of the business world'sgreatest pioneers.
Following the diverse, difficult paths these women took tobecome pillars of the business community, the book is a trulyinspirational read. Exploring how they worked with Buffett himself,how they balanced their personal and professional lives, and howslowly but surely they worked to shatter the glass ceiling, TheWomen of Berkshire Hathaway is an amazing insight into the wisdomand bravery of nine women who refused to let the status quo get inthe way of their success.
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"It's never easy to be a woman in a male-dominated profession,but the women of Berkshire provide valuable guidance for ambitiouswomen at every stage of their careers. This is a perfect book foryour daughter, your friend, your colleague, or yourprotégé."
Sylvia Ann Hewlett, Founding President, Center for TalentInnovation, and author of Winning the War for Talent in EmergingMarkets: Why Women Are the Solution
"A uniquely compelling look at the lives of the successful womenwho work with Warren Buffett. The Women of Berkshire Hathaway is amust-read for all future leaders in this new era ofbusinessboth men and women! This book inspired me to start myown business!"
Amanda Kimball, author of 2011 UC Davis Study of CaliforniaWomen Business Leaders
"This book is a collection of stories about the 'women ofBerkshire.' All are women that my father respects andadmiresbecause they are good managers and good people. I'vehad the great privilege of knowing all of the women in this book.These are stories for anyone interested in business, management,entrepreneurship, or just plain human drama."From theForeword by Susie Buffett, Chair of the Susan Thompson BuffettFoundation and the Sherwood Foundation
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It was a real pleasure to read about Berkshire Hathaway and other corporations that function with high standards of integrity. We hear so much of greedy executives bleeding companies dry - leaving employees and investors in the ruins. None of that goes on here. I knew that Warren Buffett and Bill Gates were involved in many humanitarian organizations but did not realize how positively it reflected on their businesses and corporate cultures. There is much to admire about the women executives who are so vitally important to them.
Each woman and the circumstances leading to her success is different. There is no single plan of success, but the tips are sincere and valuable. The author, Karen Linder, writes with authority gained from personal experience. She ran her own company which she started in Omaha and has now organized a second one. In the spirit of integrity exemplified by the women and men in this book I want to disclose that I have known Karen for many years through our mutual association in laboratory science.
I love how each of the women were able to use their God-given strengths and talents, specifically their high focus on people, on their journey to success -- not the tyrant women we are sometimes told we have to be to "make it" in the business world.