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OUTSTANDING IN THEIR FIELD
How Women Corporate Directors Succeed
by Elizabeth Ghaffari

Audiences

NEW: Discussion Questions for your Book Reading Group or Club -- a list of questions developed in collaboration with reading groups to help foster new and insightful discussion on different aspects of "women in leadership".

  1. Has this book changed your thoughts about what women can or cannot accomplish in their personal or professional lives, today? Why or why not?


  2. Is there one director in particular that you would like to meet? Do you have a "favorite" director? Why?


  3. The author cites six lessons learned, overall, from all her research. Pick one lesson and discuss how any two of the women learned their lessons differently.


  4. What do you think were some of the common strong, early influences cited by the women directors?


  5. How did the women directors deal with prejudices they encountered during their careers?


  6. How many different ways did the women pursue their educations?


  7. What were some of the reasons the women said they decided to lead: was it wealth, power, or did they describe other motivations?


  8. What do you think is the effect of referring to the women as Ms., Mrs., or Dr. rather than by their first or last name?


  9. Describe a newspaper or magazine article youíve read about a woman in leadership, recently. Do you observe any differences between the authorís treatment of the women directors and the treatment by major print journalists/editors?


  10. Describe a recent TV or radio news item about a woman in leadership. Do you observe any differences between the authorís coverage of the women directors and the coverage by major broadcast media?


  11. Do you think the author placed the women directors on a pedestal, presenting them as "superwomen"? Or not?


  12. Do you think the author presented the women directors as victims or stereotypes? Or not?


  13. Can you name or find another woman director at a top corporation located in your state?


  14. If you were to pick one insight from the book to hand onward to your daughter or another individual from the next generation, what insight might that be?


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