36则女性商业领导者的成功故事，她们来自世界各地不同领域，身经百战，而极为一至的经历是她们一起完成了哈佛商学院的女性领导力课程（Women on Boards），并顺势一起发起了WomenExecs on Boards的运动。至今WomenExecs on Boards的人脉成员已超过190位来自30多国的女性领导者。本书除了讲述这些成功女性领导者如何以柔克刚跨越最大挑战以外，还揭示了领导者很少谈论的地方——成功背後的挣扎。而正是这些所谓的瑕疵和挣扎为个人经历增添色彩，并最终教会一个人坚强丶坚定和成功。
Bonnie Hagemann is the CEO of EDA, Inc. formerly known as Executive Development Associates. EDA is a progressive firm using its HR/Culture Tech platform and it 37-year history of top-of-the-house executive development to create compelling cultures and advance the strategy of the companies we serve.
Lisa Pent is a financially literate FTSE 100 senior executive fluent in the worlds of Business Development, Finance, Governance, Strategy, Transformation, Innovation, and Digital Transformation. Lisa sits on the board of the Wall Street Women's Alliance and was in the inaugural Class of Harvard Business School's Executive Education - Women on Boards: Succeeding as a Corporate Director program.
WomenExecs on Boards is a global network of Women Prepared for Board Service at Harvard Business School with over 190 members from 23 countries. They are deeply committed to one another’s success and are working together systematically to advance the state of gender equality in corporate governance and senior executive positions.
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