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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

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Jennifer has appeared on CNBC Power Lunch and has been interviewed by Bloomberg Businessweek, the Ledger-Enquirer, IU News, IU Kelley School of Business, Women Leading the Way Radio, Women’s Ally, Millionaire Girls Movement, Women at the Top Radio, WNWS, Women Evolution, KIXI Chat with Women, ProSolo Radio, Your Story Matters, and Classy Career Girl.

She has been quoted in Business Week, The Glass Hammer, NBC Chicago, Fast Company, HR Executive, Little Pink Book and Keys to the Corner Office. She has had articles published in Leadership Excellence, Millionaire Girls’ Movement, Florida Diversity Newsletter, Mission3 Newsletter, Managing Partner Magazine, the San Diego Union Tribune and the Del Mar Times. She contributed a chapter on Executive Presence and Branding to The Business Woman’s Personal Branding Guide.

Jennifer in Video:
Click here to see Jennifer on CNBC Power Lunch “Sex at Work and Collateral Damage” (11/12/12)
Click here to watch a skype interview with Anna Runyon on Classy Career Girl (9/28/12).
Click here to watch an interview at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business (4/23/12).

Jennifer in Print:
Click here to read “Rethinking the Wedding Cost Race,” an article lifting the veil on wedding costs for Millionaire Girls’ Movement (3/9/15).
Click here to read “A Woman’s Worth,” an article about salary negotiation for Millionaire Girls’ Movement (9/30/14).
Click here to read an interview on The Price of Business about workplace romance. (7/7/14).
Click here to read an interview in Millionaire Girls’ Movement by Michelle Baker about my career, economics, and women. (6/27/14).
Click here to read an article in Fast Company by Gwen Moran about Strategies for Overcoming Workplace Gender Bias (6/3/14).
Click here to read an interview in Bloomberg Businessweek about Sex at Work (6/6/12).
Click here to read George Vlahakis’s blog about The Discreet Guide (5/16/12).
Click here to read an interview in Women’s Ally (7/1/12).
Click here to read an article by Robin Madell about mentors and sponsors in The Glass Hammer (4/5/12).
Click here to read an article about female executives by Bob Calandra (5/17/12).
Click here to read an article about exit interviews by David Wolinsky on NBC Chicago (5/31/12).

Jennifer on the Air:

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to listen to Jennifer on Women Leading the Way Radio Show with Michelle Bergquist (9/30/13)

Click here to listen to a webinar Jennifer did on Collaboration Across Genders in the Workplace (6/6/12) for the Kelley School of Business.
Click here to listen to an interview on Your Story Matters with Angela Schaeffers (4/19/12).
Click here to listen to an interview on Women at the Top Network with Regina Barr, CEO of Red Ladder, Inc. (5/15/12)

Press Releases:
“The Pergola, a New Publication from The Discreet Guide, Focuses on Career Advice, Gender Issues, Book and Movie Reviews, and Laughs” December 18, 2015. Click here.
“You, Not I: Exceptional Presence through the Eyes of Others, a new career advice book by Jennifer K. Crittenden” May 20, 2014. Click here.
“The Discreet Guide Releases New Study Results Indicating Executive Presence is Acquired Rather Than Inborn, with Both Genders Feeling Equally Confident (or Not) About Their Presence” May 15, 2014. Click here.
“Creating Executive Presence Coaching Program for Women Congratulates Its First Graduate” April 25, 2013. Click here.
“The Ultimate New Year’s Resolution for Women in Business: Develop Executive Presence in 2013” Dec 28, 2012. Click here.
“New Individualized Course on Creating Executive Presence Will Launch in 2013 – Available Anywhere in the World” Dec 27, 2012. Click here.
“The Discreet Guide for Executive Women Wins National Indie Excellence Award and Gains Media Attention” June 21, 2012. Click here.
“College Alumna Receives National Recognition” June 15, 2012. Click here.
“Local Author Receives National Recognition” June 1, 2012. Click here.
“IU alumna and author of ‘The Discreet Guide for Executive Women’ visiting the Kelley School” April 18, 2012. Click here.
For a hilarious back translation of the above press release “IU alumna upon vacation at Kelley School,” click here. “A clinging manager”–too funny.
“The Discreet Guide for Executive Women. Release by Kelley and Hall Book Publicity” May 14, 2012. Click here.

Bio: Jennifer K. Crittenden earned a BA in Linguistics and French with high distinction from Indiana University, a Baccalaureate certificate in Film Studies, and an MBA in Finance and MIS from the Kelley School of Business. For over twenty years, she has worked for big pharma and biotech companies in the U.S., U.K. and Europe, rising from financial analyst to CFO.

Upon graduation from business school, she joined Bristol-Myers Squibb and worked for their divisions in Warsaw, Indiana, Santa Barbara, California, and Brussels, Belgium. She then moved to the sunny skies of San Diego to participate in the emerging biotech industry which eventually led her to eight years of association with Smith & Nephew, working in the U.S. and the U.K. She moved on to serve as Chief Accounting Officer for Anadys Pharmaceuticals, a public biotech company, and as CFO for Biocept, Inc., a private diagnostics company.

She is the author of The Discreet Guide for Executive Women: How to Work Well with Men (and Other Difficulties), an Amazon bestseller and winner of the 2012 National Independent Excellence Award in the Business-Motivational Category. In 2014, she published her second book: You Not I: Exceptional Presence through the Eyes of Others. She writes and speaks frequently on topics related to gender, communication, and work.

Jennifer offers professional development training programs through The Discreet Guide(TM) on interpersonal, communication, performance, presentation skills and language skills. She is also the executive coach for the Executive Presence program offered through the University of Wisconsin and MBA Women International.

Jennifer has appeared on CNBC Power Lunch and has been interviewed by Bloomberg Businessweek, the Ledger-Enquirer, IU News, IU Kelley School of Business, Women’s Ally, Women at the Top Radio, WNWS, Women Evolution, KIXI Chat with Women, ProSolo Radio, Your Story Matters, and Classy Career Girl.

She has been quoted in Business Week, The Glass Hammer, NBC Chicago, HR Executive, Fast Company, and Keys to the Corner Office. She has had articles published in Leadership Excellence, Florida Diversity Newsletter, Mission3 Newsletter, Managing Partner Magazine, the San Diego Union Tribune and the Del Mar Times. She contributed a chapter on Executive Presence and Branding to The Business Woman’s Personal Branding Guide.

She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and has a CELTA certificate from the University of Cambridge to teach English as a second language. She serves on the advisory board of CoralBridge Partners, a leadership consulting and conflict mediation company, and formerly served on the board of directors for Women Evolution, a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of women.

How do you pronounce “Crittenden?” /KRIT ndәn/

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