Women are closing the gender gap at all levels of employment. All levels, that is, except top leadership positions: while women outnumber men in universities and in the first 10 years of top paying jobs, there is a sudden drop in numbers at top management levels. That is where the glass ceiling suddenly appears. Women have, sometimes more than their male counterparts, a need for balance. While men seem to walk through their lives in a straight line, women often need to juggle time and energies from different areas of their existence and then carry the burden (and the joy) of integrating them all. In this groundbreaking work the authors explore the lives and thoughts of remarkable women in leadership positions in South East Asia. What actions have enabled them to reach top leadership positions? What kind of infrastructure and support systems in organizations contribute to women s leadership? Along the way the authors offer a new theory: women who have threaded the path of leadership have found ways to successfully integrate all aspects of their lives. So the issue isn t so much whether women can have it all, but rather how to integrate it all and each woman succeeds at it in her own individual way. Some do it by aptly surrounding themselves with supportive environments that can help them through the first years of childrearing, others by boldly seeking opportunities and demanding promotions without undermining their femininity. Be inspired by the stories of these great women who don t separate life from work in a surgical manner. As a result, they are all passionate for what they do, which in turn gives them the power to influence the outside world, make an impact and leave an indelible mark. Twelve women are interviewed in this book: 1. Anson Chan (former Hong Kong Chief Secretary for Administration and first woman to hold this post) 2. Junko Nakagawa (CFO at Nomura and rated one of the 10 most influential women in Asia) 3. Christine Loh (Former Legislator and founder of think thank Civic Exchange) 4. Teresa Ko (Managing Partner at Freshfields greater China) 5. Connie Carnabuci (Partner at Freshfields) 6. Marie-Amelie Hoffmann (GM of LVMH Watch and Jewellery) 7. Deborah Kan (journalist at the Wall Street Journal) 8. Rainbow Pan (CEO of ipac) 9. Catherine Bradley (Head of Equity Linked Solutions Group, Credit Suisse) 10. Angelina Kwan, Managing Director at Stratford upon Avon Finance Limited 11. Yana Peel (leading arts philanthropist and founder of Outset) 12. Rachel Huf (Managing Director, Legal at Barclays Capital)
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Stefania Lucchetti is a Partner at Hong Kong law firm Howse Williams Bowers specializing in corporate and commercial work.
Stefania's mixed portfolio as a lawyer, author, speaker and entrepreneur is the epitome of her eclectic, energetic personality which takes pleasure in relentless learning and the pursuit of all round excellence.
Stefania Lucchetti also regularly speaks about leadership, negotiation and influence, gen Y integration and entrepreneurship for companies and Universities and her previous books The Principle of Relevance (tagged as the message of the times ) and Ideas in Reality are regularly defined as life changing by readers.
Stefania, who holds a J.D. and is qualified as a lawyer in 3 jurisdictions, has been practicing corporate law for 13 years in Europe and Asia in tier 1 law firms and in-house departments of corporations in both the high tech and the financial industry. She assisted internet pioneers such as Altavista, Yahoo! and Expedia in the early days of their foray into Europe and helped set up and establish over 30 start ups. She lives in Hong Kong with her husband and baby boy.
Anna Bisazza is a journalist. She has written about business, culture and art for biz.hk, TimeOut Magazine, Christi s Asian contemporary art catalogue and other major HK publications. She also teaches at HKU Space. Because of her mixed Chinese and Italian background, Anna is a seasoned foodie who appreciates a good laugh as much as an intense discussion provided that they are loud. Her concern at the moment is trying to understand her origins, especially how they intermix, hence her particular fascination with women, women in power and mother-daughter relationships. Despite all this, she is not a feminist. She lives in Hong Kong with her husband and at the time of publication of this book is expecting her first child.
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