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    Inspired to extend a helping hand to ambitious women working in corporate America, a veteran executive offers honest, practical, slightly irreverent advice about navigating companies that are run and populated predominately by men: how to interpret their sometimes surprising behavior, avoid common mistakes, flourish with the good guys, deal with the bad guys, and nurture a wonderful, satisfying career in a non-traditional role.

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  • TABLE OF CONTENTS

    The Spirit of the Discreet Guide
    FIRST PRINCIPLES
    The Facts of Life
    In and Out of the Men’s Room
    Tuning In and Dropping Out
    Hold It Right There, Lady
    Skeptical Spectacles and a Critical-Thinking Cap
    YOUR SISTAS AND YOU
    Whose Girl Are You?
    Taking Care
    You’re Different, and That’s Only Mostly Bad
    Impressions and the Real Thing
    Sistas
    EARLY MANEUVERS
    School Days
    Your First Company
    The Cubette
    NAVIGATION TIPS
    Guiding Lights
    The Big C’s: Competition, Challenge, and Conflict
    DANGER—FALLING COCONUTS
    Sit Down and Shut Up
    How Do You Get Anything Done?
    He Doesn’t Think You’re Very Smart
    But Don’t Be Dumb
    TOUCHY SUBJECTS
    After Hours
    One-on-One: Danger Zones
    Sex At Work
    GUYS, GUYS, GUYS
    The Big Guy
    The Good Guys
    International Guys
    The Messed-Up Ones
    Bad Guys
    Super Bad Guys
    YOU’RE A BIG GIRL NOW
    Managing—Between a Rock and a Hard Place
    Work—Why You’re Paid
    THE EXECUTIVE WOMAN’S DILEMMA
    What? I Can’t Hear You
    Courage
    Common Sense
    A Powerful Combination
    THE PRIDE OF THE LIONESS
    Power and Risk
    Leadership
    THE DIAMOND

Articles…

Exceptional Presence:
The Other: Our Mirror
The Test of Good Manners Is How You Handle Those With None
The Magic of Common Courtesy
Punctuality: A New Leaf
Practical Solutions to Stage Fright
Travel: Try Out a New You
We Regret Nothing: Why Nobody Can Apologize Anymore
Don’t Go into that Meeting … Naked!
Exceptional Presence for the Job Seeker – Q & A
Exceptional Presence for the Job Seeker – Q & A – Part Two
Exceptional Presence for the Job Seeker – Q & A – Part Three
Personal Branding and Professional Presence
Being Present: It’s More Than Just Showing Up
Workplace Humor: Five Golden Rules -or- What’s So Funny about Executive Presence?
Executive Presence: Behaviors and Perceptions – Article in Leadership Excellence
Creating Executive Presence: An Excerpt from the Course Handbook
“Oh, You Sound So Young” – How Youthful Vocal Styles Can Detract from Your Executive Presence
I’m Young – So What?

Management:
Do You Have the Right Boss, Organizationally?
Do You Have the Right Boss, as an Individual?
Good Personnel Management – Excerpt from The Discreet Guide for Executive Women Chapter Eight (Abridged)

Bullies:
Is Bullying the New Witch Hunt?
Bullies at Large
Bullies – Short Excerpt from The Discreet Guide for Executive Women Chapter Seven (Abridged)
Bully for No One (poem)

Gender Issues:
The Shimmer – Women’s March – San Diego – January 21, 2017
The Hidden Risk of Business Travel: Scandal
A MAN Is Not an ATM
The Cost of Beauty
Beyond “You Look Nice”
Searching for Equality
Op-Ed: Ellen Pao, Your Former Nanny
Op-Ed: Ellen Pao, Poster Child
Gender Matters: Cases of Mistaken…Gender
“Sorry, Ladies” – The Dark Side of Workplace Humor
Threading the Needle – Advice for Women Working in a Male-Dominated Environment
Stories from the Belly of the Beast
The F-Word (Or, Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?)
TAKE ME TO YOUR LEADER. Where Is She?
Some Girls Are Better Than Others
Newsflash from the Dropouts: We Have Not Forgotten

Humor:
QUIZ – Are You Cut Out to Work with Men?
Some Good Ways to Irritate People at Networking Events [Snark Alert]
Op-Ed — Good News: Girls Win!
Have You Seen My Glasses? I Can’t Hear Without Them
Mitt Romney’s “Women/Binders” Email

Other:
Get Out There! Interviewing for New Graduates
Choosing Your First Company – For Recent Female Graduates
Moving On – Deciding When to Leave
Business Travel – My Two Cents
Business Travel – Other People’s Two Cents
Business Travel Apps
My First EDMS, A How-Not-To Story

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    Raised on a farm in southern Indiana by an idealistic professor and a feminist homemaker, and after language and film studies in Europe, Jennifer was an unlikely candidate to graduate from a leading business school and enter corporate America. To her surprise, she excelled in her new world and spent the next twenty years building a scintillating career, rising from Financial Analyst to Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary, working for big pharma and biotech companies in the US, Europe, and the UK.

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