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Climb : taking every step with conviction, courage, and calculated risk to achieve a thriving career and a successful life

by Gadsden-Williams, Michelle, 1969-

Format: Print Book 2018
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"Gadsden-Williams is an award-winning global diversity expert who launched Ceiling Breakers LLC to help women and professionals of color to reach their potential. In her book, she talks about her journey as a woman of color who''s had top senior-level positions in corporate America while managing a chronic illness. She also provides solutions to address the challenges women face navigating the business world, essentially a playbook for dealing with some of the most demanding workplace issues."
-- Ebony Magazine

"The first book from diversity expert, philanthropist, and Accenture lead executive Gadsden-Williams incorporates both memoir and career guide...Hers is a realistic, pragmatic discussion of what it takes to make it in Fortune 500 companies, and in life."
-- Booklist

"In this memoir and guidebook, Gadsden-Williams interweaves the story of her life as a black female executive with research statistics and savvy career tips for minority women also seeking to occupy the ''C-Suite''...Always candid about the realities of corporate life, the author offers sound advice for minority women seeking advancement, recognition, and meaningful lives. Illuminating and useful."
-- Kirkus Reviews

"Michelle Gadsden-Williams has accomplished something rare for a black woman in America: maintained a successful corporate career at the highest level. Climb is the story of her journey to the top, and her generous effort to send the elevator back down for the rest of us."
-- Tiffany Dufu, author of Drop the Ball

"Gadsden-Williams has written a brilliant book that reveals how companies can leverage diversity as a competitive advantage in today''s marketplace. With vivid stories from her twenty-five years [of experience], Climb is a book that will reframe HR into a powerful strategy function for twenty-first century organizations."
-- John Gerzema, New York Times best-selling author of The Athena Doctrine

"Gadsden-Williams has used her personal story of resiliency to provide invaluable insight into how to build a fulfilling life, not just a career. She pulls no punches when sharing her experiences as an African American woman determined to fulfill her dream to help others live up to their potential."
-- Linda A. Hill, professor, Harvard Business School, and author of Being the Boss

"Most organizations were not designed for women of color. [In Climb] Gadsden-Williams takes us on a journey of her career--the winding road of making tough career and family decisions, seeking out and shaping opportunities, and walking away when others thought she should stay. There is raw, sincere vulnerability displayed in this book...[and there] is also a call to action--intentionally shape your career and be an active partner in shaping the organizations you are a part of. Thank you for sharing your story! I am sure it will be an inspiration to its readers. Keep climbing!"
-- Katherine W. Phillips, Paul Calello Professor of Leadership and Ethics, Columbia Business School

"A frank memoir plus career guide, Michelle Gadsden-Williams shares personal stories of self-assurance, resilience, and bravery that serve as lessons for women in the workplace. This book is essential reading."
-- Angela Rye, CEO, IMPACT Strategies

Renowned as a diversity and inclusion strategist, Gadsden-Williams held C-Suite positions at major organizations for many years...and then took the off-ramp to probe a different career path, launching Ceiling Breakers LLC, with the primary goal to help women and professionals of color reach their full potential. As a woman of color and corporate executive who has worked and traveled the world for several Fortune 500 companies--all while managing a chronic illness--she provides insight into overcoming the barriers facing professionals in today''s workplace.

In Climb, Gadsden-Williams combines her inspirational life story with pragmatic solutions to address problems facing women in corporate America, offering a professional playbook for tackling today''s most pressing workplace issues.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The first book from diversity expert, philanthropist, and Accenture lead executive Gadsden-Williams incorporates both memoir and career guide. It's also a good barometer of the challenges and opportunities that women of color face in corporate America. Rather than offering a tell-all, Gadsden-Williams, with her coauthor Brown, simply shares stories from her life, concluding each chapter with key steps to consider. Her narrative is colloquial, with hard-hitting truths. For instance, You can't have it all; in other words, there is no such thing as work-life balance. Understand how to negotiate, and practice it; women are notoriously lax in promoting themselves. And, most important, health comes first: Gadsden-Williams was diagnosed with lupus and needed to manage it well and confide in her leaders. Her tale ends with the landscape of the 2017 Women's March and the question, What's next for us? Hers is a realistic, pragmatic discussion of what it takes to make it in Fortune 500 companies, and in life.--Jacobs, Barbara Copyright 2018 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Gadsden-Williams, a former executive at Merck and Credit Suisse, mines her career for this inspiring, if not particularly original, guide to success. After many years in C-suite positions, she left her corporate life to cofound a business, Ceiling Breakers, along with her husband, David; the company helps women and people of color to "reach their full potential," and organizations to meet diversity goals. The book tells her life story, from her middle-class upbringing in North Edison, N.J., and early work in a variety of industries, to her successes in aiding diversity efforts during her career as an executive and at her own company, interspersed with advice on finding success and meaningful work. Her story is undoubtedly inspiring, and sections addressing how corporate diversity and equality efforts have either succeeded and failed are necessary reading. However, her advice-find one's purpose and passion, seek out a mentor or sponsor, advocate and negotiate for oneself-is far from new. Aspiring businesspeople may be impressed by Gadsden-Williams's accomplishments and vision, but aren't likely to find new advice. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Success in business -- Women.
Women in the professions.
Self-realization in women.
Publisher Brooklyn, New York :2018
Contributors Brown, Carolyn M., author.
Language English
Description 275 pages ; 21 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9781617756245
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