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About the Author
Anne Deeter Gallaher is Owner/CEO of Deeter Gallaher Group LLC, a marketing/PR firm that combines traditional and social media to wield Powerful language. Smart marketing. Driven by measurable performance, Anne and her team create award-winning results for clients in mechanical contracting, engineering, IT, banking, commercial real estate development, legal, music entertainment, and the automotive industries. Serving on The Salvation Army Harrisburg Capital Region advisory board and the Harrisburg Regional Chamber/CREDC board, Anne is also a member of The Wall Street Journal’s Women in the Economy Task Force, the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, IABC, and the founder of Harrisburg Social Media Club. Anne is the co-author with Amy D. Howell of Women in High Gear: A Guide for Entrepreneurs, On-Rampers, and Aspiring Executives. Published in The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, Ragan Communications, and a contributor to several blogs, Anne holds bachelor degrees in English and Communications/Journalism. Honored in 2007 as one of Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business, she is a frequent speaker and writer on entrepreneurship, women in business, social media, and PR/marketing. Connect with her on Twitter at @AnneDGallaher. With over 25 years of PR and marketing experience, Amy D. Howell serves as CEO of Howell Marketing Strategies (HMS). HMS is a PR and marketing firm that offers clients integrated and effective engagement and communications, brand monitoring, media relations, crisis communications and creative, strategic business planning – all while working to blend traditional with social media. Prior to founding HMS in 1994, Amy gained over 12 years of corporate experience in architecture, accounting, real estate and law, which provided her with a business-based springboard into marketing professional services. Since founding HMS, Amy has played pivotal roles in national projects and expanded her business to include industries such as aviation, technology and entertainment. Amy is the former Chairman of EmergeMemphis and remains active on the board. She has been an intricate part of the Memphis community by serving numerous nonprofit organizations. She is a graduate of Leadership Memphis and was named one of the Top 40 Under 40 by the Memphis Business Journal in 1999. In 2005, Memphis Woman Magazine recognized her as one of 50 Women Who Make a Difference. Follow her journey on Twitter at @HowellMarketing.
As Anne D. Gallaher and Amy D. Howell say in the opening of their book, "We believe strongly in a no whining zone." It's that spirit that echoes throughout the book as the authors share their experiences as successful women entrepreneurs in a competitive work environment not always stacked in their favor. By kicking it into high gear, Gallaher and Howell argue, one's career goals can be met without having to compromise other personal values as they intersect with home and the workplace. "High gear women," they say, "are confident, resilient, and bold. We have a positive inner voice, strong interpersonal skills, and choose our company wisely."
These lessons, however, are not only meant for a female audience--a point Gallaher and Howell make clear in the beginning. The authors speak from their own experience as women, but the advice they give applies to anyone dedicated to getting the most out of their professional careers: ask for what you want, make yourself visible to those above you, and offer value to the professional relationships you forge.
I would highly recommend this book for all women, from those staying at home serving as family managers to those with full time careers. It is full of practical advice and personal experiences by two very family oriented, successful women in business, sharing their arrival by significantly different paths. Included is steps for re-entering the workforce as well as those for developing your own business. As a woman, wife, and mother who has worked full time, part-time, and variations of each to accommodate the needs of my family, there is wisdom in this book for women in any stage of their lives and career path.
I have the privilege of being an intern with Anne at her office. I read Women In High Gear before starting my internship, and right away learned that both Amy and Anne achieved what they want by going after it. The lesson from the book that stuck with me the most was that you will not gain anything if you do not ask. You never know what opportunities might present themselves if you simply ask for them. I will definitely carry the lessons from the book with me as I further my education at Pennsylvania State University pursue a career in Public Relations. Without the experienced helping the inexperienced, the business world would get nowhere. This book provides great motivation, lessons, and examples about how these powerful women achieved their goals.
"Women in High Gear" includes invaluable advice for women in any stage of life. As a young professional, it is refreshing to read the inspiring stories of Anne and Amy's professional careers from the very beginning. The variety of chapter discussions will continually keep your interest and this will be a book that you will not want to put down. Thanks to Anne and Amy's high gear advice, I am now ready go above and beyond in achieving my professional goals and ambitions.
You don’t have to work in marketing or specialize in SEO to appreciate the candid life lessons shared by these high gear leaders. As a young health professional, I found their messages fruitful, compelling, and could easily draw parallels across industries. Anne and Amy’s electricity pours out of these pages. It’s an affirmation that passion is truly contagious! I’m back for more and this time it’s to share this great read as a holiday gift for my friends who are “high gear.”
This book is amazing. As a young professional, this book gives me so much insight into how powerful women can be, and are, in the work place. This book is powerful, inspirational, thoughtful and a must-read. I will continue to re-read this book time and time again and hope one day to be as successful as these incredible women. Way to go, ladies!!!