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Breaking Through. Stories and Best Practices From Companies That Help Women Succeed

  • ID: 3615601
  • Book
  • 240 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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When women succeed, we all win.


"Martine Liautaud, one of France′s pioneering female investment banking executives and entrepreneurs, and an alumna of the Stanford Executive Program, has put together a wonderfully inspiring book. It highlights the success of the Women Business Mentoring Initiative, which has mentored around one hundred CEOs to date, in bringing women executives to positions of top–level organizational leadership. The book reports voices of mentors and mentees that provide deep insight in the process involved in helping female executives reach their full potential for making leadership contributions. While celebrating success achieved to date, the book also drives home hard the need for even greater efforts to accelerate future progress along the success trajectory."
ROBERT A. BURGELMAN, Edmund W. Littlefield Professor of Management

"Breaking Through will give you both energy and hope, and convince you that success in business is not a gender matter. It is a question of talent and courage. And women have plenty of both. Through lively accounts of female entrepreneurs and senior executives, Breaking Through shows us that mentoring and sponsoring are decisive tools for women′s success."

"Mentoring revealed my entrepreneurial drive and gave me the confidence to successfully develop my business in Europe and then in the United States. Read this book to boost your business tools."
MARTINE DE RICHEVILLE, Entrepreneur and founder, Svelt Coaching

"As Martine Liautaud writes, ′Women do not lack courage in life.′ Breaking Through offers a collection of powerful voices and concrete insights to help women gather that courage and translate it into professional success. It is a valuable addition to any professional woman′s bookshelf."
ANNE–MARIE SLAUGHTER, President and CEO, New America

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PART I Overview

CHAPTER 1 Women and the New Economy 5

The New Economy: Opportunities for Women 6

Women in Corporates and Finance 8

Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) 10

Women Entrepreneurs 12

CHAPTER 2 Mentoring and Sponsoring: The Keys to Success 15

Mentoring and Sponsoring Women Employees 16

Mentoring and Sponsoring Women Entrepreneurs 18

PART II Voices ofWomen Business Leaders

CHAPTER 3 Obstacles to Success and Solutions for Overcoming Them 23

The Obstacles 24

The Solutions 26

CHAPTER 4 Role of Women in the Global Economy 30

Interview with Irene Natividad, Founder and President of Global Summit of Women 30

CHAPTER 5 Career Strategies for Women 36

Interview with Professor Margaret Neale, Adams Distinguished Professor of Management at Stanford Graduate School of Business 36

References 42

CHAPTER 6 Inclusive Leadership 44

Interview with Deborah Gillis, President and CEO of Catalyst 44

CHAPTER 7 Improving the Place of Women in the Economy 50

Interview with Audra Bohannon, Senior Partner at Korn Ferry s Leadership and Talent Consulting 50

CHAPTER 8 Overcoming Women s Obstacles 54

Interview with Christiane Bergevin, Executive Vice President at Desjardins Group 54

CHAPTER 9 Women s Spirit of Enterprise 59

Interview with Valérie Bernis, Executive Vice President at ENGIE, in Charge of Communications, Marketing, and Environmental and Societal Responsibility 59

PART III Designing Mentoring and Sponsoring Programs

CHAPTER 10 Mentoring by ENGIE 69

Interview with Gérard Mestrallet, Chairman of ENGIE 69

Mentoring by ENGIE, A Structured Program to Train Women as Leaders 71

CHAPTER 11 Oracle Women Leadership (OWL) Mentoring Program 77

Interview with Leopoldo Boado, Chairman of Oracle Spain 77

Oracle s Mentoring Program and Intercompany Experience 79

CHAPTER 12 Viva Women! Program 82

Interview with Maurice Levy, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Publicis Groupe 82

At Publicis Groupe, the Main Aim of Mentoring Is to Retain Talented Staff 83

CHAPTER 13 Mix City and Women s Leadership Initiative 87

Interview with Marie–Claire Capobianco, Head of BNP Paribas French Retail Banking 87

BNP Paribas as a Proactive Supporter of Women in Business: A Mentoring Program 89

CHAPTER 14 Women s Initiative Network and Reverse Mentoring Program 94

Interview with Karen Peetz, President of BNY Mellon 94

Interview with Jean Wynn, Managing Director and Chief Administrative Officer of BNY Mellon s Office of the President 101

PART IV Mentoring Program Success Stories

CHAPTER 15 BNP Paribas Corporate & Institutional Banking (CIB) 109

Interview with Tabitha Coombe (Mentee) 109

Interview with François Freyeisen (Mentor) 111

Interview with Marguerite Burghardt (Mentee) 114

Interview with Constance Chalchat (Mentor) 117


Interview with Mathias Curnier (Mentor) 120

Interview with Paola Vezzaro (Mentee) 123

CHAPTER 17 Oracle 128

Interview with Nicoleta Apostol (Mentee) 128

Interview with Giovanna Sangiorgi (Mentor) 132

Interview with Paula Craythorne (Mentee) 136

CHAPTER 18 Publicis Groupe 141

Interview with Michele Gilbert (Mentor) 141

Interview with Charlotte Guillabert (Mentee) 143

CHAPTER 19 BNY Mellon 146

Interview with Regina Meredith–Carpeni 146

Interview with Yoon Park (Reverse Mentor) 150

Interview with Jeff Kuhn (Reverse Mentee) 154

PART V Ways to Help Entrepreneurs to Succeed

CHAPTER 20 Mentoring and Sponsoring Programs 163

Mentoring Women Entrepreneurs 163

Interview with Emilie Creuzieux, Founder of Monbento (Mentee) 166

Interview with Jean–Jacques Berard, Co–Founder of Executive Interim Management (Mentor) 169

Interview with Muriele Roos, Founder of Femme Majuscule (Mentee) 172

Interview with Eve Magnant, VP at Publicis (Mentor) 176

Interview with Jane Chen, Co–Founder of Embrace 179

Interview with Abigail Holsborough, Founder of Route Map 183

Interview with Clara Shih, Founder of Hearsay Social 187

CHAPTER 21 Networking 191

Dell Women s Entrepreneur Network 191

Interview with Stéphanie Cardot, Founder and CEO of TO DO TODAY 192

ASTIA: A Different Kind of Network Performing in a Different Kind of Way 195

The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Initiative 198

CHAPTER 22 Training 202

Women Entrepreneur Program at Stanford 202


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