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MICHELLE GADSDEN-WILLIAMS HAS ACCOMPLISHED SOMETHING RARE FOR A BLACK WOMEN IN AMERICA: MAINTAINED A SUCCESSFUL CORPORATE CAREER AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL. CLIMB IS THE STORY OF HER JOURNEY TO THE TOP, AND HER GENEROUS EFFORT TO SEND THE ELEVATOR BACK DOWN FOR THE REST US OF US.

 

TIFFANY DUFU, CHIEF LEADERSHIP OFFICER, LEVO AND AUTHOR, DROP THE BALL.

 

“FEARLESS, BRAVE, INFORMATIVE...CLIMB IS AN INTENTIONAL BOLD, AND REFRESHINGLY HONEST LOOK INSIDE THE CHALLENGES AND NECESSARY DECISIONS THAT PROFESSIONAL WOMEN MUST MAKE WHILE HIGHLIGHTING HOW TO BE UNCOMPROMISING IN ACHIEVING THEIR GOALS."

 

TERESA C. YOUNGER / PRESIDENT AND CEO OF MS. FOUNDATION FOR WOMEN

 

GADSDEN-WILLIAMS HAS WRITTEN A BRILLIANT BOOK THAT REVEALS HOW COMPANIES CAN LEVERAGE DIVERSITY AS A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE IN TODAY'S MARKETPLACE. HER ARGUMENT IS SIMPLE AND POWERFUL: COMPANIES ARE INHERENTLY STRONGER, MORE AGILE, AND INNOVATIVE WHEN THEY EMBRACE 'CULTURE AS BUSINESS MODEL.' WITH VIVID STORIES FROM HER TWENTY-FIVE YEARS [OF EXPERIENCE], CLIMB IS A BOOK THAT WILL REFRAME HR INTO A POWERFUL STRATEGY FUNCTION FOR TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY ORGANIZATIONS."

 

JOHN GERZEMA, NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLING AUTHOR OF THE ATHENA DOCTRINE 

 

 

GADSDEN-WILLIAMS HAS USED HER PERSONAL STORY OF RESILIENCY TO PROVIDE INVALUABLE INSIGHT INTO HOW TO BUILD A FULFILLING LIFE, NOT JUST CAREER.  SHE PULLS NO PUNCHES WHEN SHARING HER EXPERIENCES AS AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMAN DETERMINED TO FULFILL HER DREAM TO HELP OTHERS LIVE UP TO THEIR POTENTIAL.  YES, SHE OFFERS TOOLS TO EQUIP YOU TO ADDRESS INEVITABLE CHALLENGES AT WORK AND AT HOME, BASED ON HER EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE AS A GLOBAL EXECUTIVE AND HER CAREFUL READING OF THE RESEARCH.  BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, SHE DESCRIBES A MINDSET THAT IS NEITHER CYNICAL NOR NAÏVE ABOUT WHAT IT TAKES TO NAVIGATE THE DILEMMAS OF WORKING AND LIVING.  IT IS NO WONDER SHE HAS WON SO MANY AWARDS/ACCOLADES FOR HER EFFORTS TO MAKE ORGANIZATIONS MORE INCLUSIVE.  THINK OF HER AS YOUR PERSONAL MENTOR, NOT ADVISING YOU ON WHAT YOU SHOUL DO, BUT RATHER GUIDING YOU TO HELP YOUR DISCOVER YOUR PERSONAL VOICE AND PATH.

 

LINDA A. HILL

PROFESSOR, HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL; FACULTY CHAIR, LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE

AUTHOR OF BEING THE BOSS:  

 

 

 

MOST ORGANIZATIONS WERE NOT DESIGNED FOR WOMEN OF COLOR. THE CULTURES, THE STRUCTURES, THE NETWORKS, THE CAREER OPPORTUNITIES, REQUIRE NAVIGATION AND INTENTION. GADSDEN-WILLIAMS TAKES US ON A JOURNEY OF HER CAREER, THE WINDING ROAD OF MAKING TOUGH CAREER AND FAMILY DECISIONS, SEEKING OUT AND SHAPING OPPORTUNITIES, AND WALKING AWAY WHEN OTHERS THOUGHT SHE SHOULD STAY. THERE IS RAW, SINCERE VULNERABILITY DISPLAYED IN THIS BOOK. THE TIPS AND SUGGESTIONS ARE SPOT ON – I ESPECIALLY LOVE THIS ONE “THINK INTRAPRENEURIALLY AND CREATE A JOB IF YOU NEED TO.” THE BOOK IS ALSO A CALL TO ACTION – INTENTIONALLY SHAPE YOUR CAREER AND BE AN ACTIVE PARTNER IN SHAPING THE ORGANIZATIONS YOU ARE A PART OF – YOU CAN’T WAIT ON SOMEONE ELSE TO DO IT FOR YOU. THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR STORY MICHELLE GADSDEN-WILLIAMS! I AM SURE IT WILL BE AN INSPIRATION TO ITS READERS – KEEP CLIMBING!


KATHERINE W. PHILLIPS
PAUL CALELLO PROFESSOR OF LEADERSHIP & ETHICS
COLUMBIA BUSINESS SCHOOL

 

 

 

A FRANK MEMOIR PLUS CAREER GUIDE, MICHELLE GADSDEN-WILLIAMS SHARES PERSONAL STORIES OF SELF-ASSURANCE, RESILIENCE, AND BRAVERY THAT SERVE AS LESSONS FOR WOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE. THIS BOOK IS ESSENTIAL READING FOR ANYONE, HOWEVER, GADSDEN-WILLIAMS REPRESENTS A FRESH NEW VOICE IN AN ERA OF UNAPOLOGETIC BLACK WOMEN AS SHE ALSO TACKLES SOME PERTINENT ISSUES, ORGANIZATIONAL BARRICADES THAT CAN TRIP UP SMART, AMBITIOUS WOMEN OF COLOR IN CORPORATE AMERICA.  

 

ANGELA RYE, ATTORNEY, POLITICAL COMMENTATOR, ADVOCATE, AND CEO OF IMPACT STRATEGIES.

 

 

 

MICHELLE GADSDEN-WILLIAMS COMBINES FIRSTHAND ACCOUNTS, HISTORICAL DATA, SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND DOWN-TO-EARTH HOW-TO ADVICE TO HELP WOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE.  THIS IS AN INFORMATIVE BOOK FOR ALL, BUT ESPECIALLY WOMEN OF COLOR WHO FEEL THEY CANNOT BREAK THROUGH THE CONCRETE CEILING TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS. CLIMB IS A BOLD, INSPIRING MANIFESTO FOR PROFESSIONAL CAREER WOMEN ON WHAT IT TAKES TO CLIMB TO CORPORATE HEIGHTS IN AMERICA. 

 

SOLEDAD O’BRIEN, JOURNALIST

 

 

 

MICHELLE GADSDEN-WILLIAMS LEADS US THROUGH HER PERSONAL LIFE JOURNEY EDUCATING US ON DIVERSITY & INCLUSION LESSONS LEARNED FROM HER SUCCESSES AND FAILURES.  AS A MULTICULTURAL CORPORATE LEADER SHE SHOWS COURAGE AND INTEGRITY, AS A COLLEAGUE, MENTOR AND FRIEND SHE SHOWS EMPATHY AND COMPASSION.  HER STORYTELLING IS A POWERFUL WAY TO LEARN HOW TO NAVIGATE THE CORPORATE WORLD AS A MINORITY AND WOMAN. 

 

SUBHA BARRY, SENIOR VP AND MANAGING DIRECTOR, WORKING MOTHER MEDIA

 

 

 

MICHELLE GADSDEN-WILLIAMS IS A CEILING BREAKER, RISK TAKER, CHANGE MAKER AND TRUE SURVIVOR. SHE'S ALSO CLEARLY A GIVER, AND CLIMB IS HER GIFT TO EVERYONE WHO IS DETERMINED TO REACH THE TOP -- ESPECIALLY WOMEN OF COLOR.

 

EARL G. GRAVES JR. / PRESIDENT & CEO / BLACK ENTERPRISE

 

 

 

IN A WORLD OF SELF-PROCLAIMED GIANTS AND RHETORICAL IDEOLOGUES, UNDERSTATED PRAGMATISM IS WHAT HELPS PEOPLE LIKE YOU AND I TRANSFORM THEIR LIVES. CLIMB IS PRACTICAL…. ITS TRANSPARENT….AND ITS GENIUS. MICHELLE GADSDEN WILLIAMS BRINGS A CAREER ROOTED IN DYNAMIC PERFORMANCE AND IMPACT TO PRESENT THE BEST ROAD MAP FROM HERE TO EXCELLENCE I’VE EVER READ.  IT WILL CHALLENGE AND INSPIRE WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY ENCOURAGING STEP BY STEP DIRECTIONS TO PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL METAMORPHOSIS. WHETHER YOU’RE TREKKING THE MOUNTAINS OF THE GLOBAL MARKET PLACE OR ASCENDING THE PEAKS OF PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT, CLIMB WILL HELP YOU GET THERE. PICK IT UP TODAY!!!

 

JEFF JOHNSON / MANAGING PRINCIPAL / JIJ COMMUNICATIONS

 

 

 

WHEN WOMEN GO INTO THE WORK PLACE, BE IT CORPORATE OR THEIR OWN BUSINESSES THEY FIND MANY CHALLENGES BECAUSE TRUTH BE TOLD, THESE AREAS WERE NOT ENGINEERED WITH WOMEN IN MIND.  WOMEN OF COLOR FIND AN EVEN MORE HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT AS THERE IS AN ADDITIONAL ELEMENT OF RACISM INCLUDED...

WHAT MICHELLE HAS BOLDLY DONE IS SHARE HER EXPERIENCES, NOT ONLY IN THE WORK PLACE BUT OF HER LIFE IN GENERAL.  THIS IS HIGHLY VALUABLE TO ALL WOMEN, WOMEN OF COLOR IN PARTICULAR AND MEN WHO WANT TO BE ADVANCED IN THE WORLD OF MANAGING AND HARNESSING DIVERSE HUMAN CAPITAL.  THIS BOOK IS A SELFLESS LOOK AT THE STRUGGLES, GOOD AND BAD, THAT  MICHELLE HAS FACED SO AS  TO EQUIP OTHERS WHO ARE HER PEERS,  AND THOSE WHO COME BEHIND HER TO UNDERSTAND THAT THEY ARE NOT ALONE AND THAT THERE IS POWER IN DIVERSITY, WHEN PROPERLY UNDERSTOOD AND VALUED. MOST IMPORTANTLY IT TELLS WOMEN OF COLOR [TO] ALWAYS BE AWARE OF YOUR STRENGTH AND WORK TOWARDS BEING THE RESOURCE OWNER SO AS TO EMPOWER OTHERS. 

 

 

SAVANNAH MAZIYA / GROUP CEO / BUNENGI

 

 

 

MICHELLE GADSDEN-WILLIAMS IS A STRONGMINDED AND KINDHEARTED PERSON WHOSE PERSONAL JOURNEY IS A GUIDEBOOK FOR WOMEN WHO WANT TO LEARN HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF THEIR TALENTS, INTERESTS AND AFFILIATIONS TO LEAD SATISFYING LIVES AND SUCCESSFUL CAREERS. SHE DEMONSTRATES HOW AS WOMEN WE NEED TO BE FEARLESS IN THE FACE OF ADVERSITY AND TEACHES US TO TREASURE OUR BODIES AS WE GO ALL OUT IN THE WORKPLACE. EVERY CHAPTER OF THIS BOOK IS FILLED WITH SOMETHING THAT YOU AND YOUR GIRLFRIENDS CAN APPLY TO AVOID PITFALLS THAT WOULD HINDER YOU FROM REACHING YOUR AMBITIONS.  


 

TICHINA ARNOLD, ACTRESS, SINGER, AND PHILANTHROPIST. 

 

 

 

MICHELLE GADSDEN-WILLIAMS, A SENIOR EXECUTIVE AND LEADER IN THE D&I SPACE, IS SET TO ELECTRIFY READERS WITH HER CORPORATE JOURNEY. IN HER FIRST BOOK, CLIMB, SHE SHARES HER PASSION, HER DRIVE AND HER TOOLS AND TACTICS FOR SUCCESS. THE FACT IS, OVER THE COURSE OF HER CAREER JOURNEY, SHE HAS LEARNT TO OVERCOME SOME OF THE MOST SERIOUS PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL OBSTACLES. IN 2017 WE ARE PARTICULARLY IN NEED OF GADSDEN-WILLIAMS' OPTIMISTIC AND INSPIRATIONAL VOICE.


 

SYLVIA ANN HEWLETT

 

 

 

 

OVER THE YEARS I HAVE WORKED INTENTLY WITH MICHELLE GADSDEN-WILLIAMS ALONG HER ENRICHING JOURNEY AS IT RELATES TO HOW TO PREVENT OR SURVIVE AN ILLNESS AND ADOPTING THE RIGHT FORMULA TO CREATE BALANCE AT HOME AND IN THE WORKPLACE. LEADERS USE STRATEGIES TO REACH THEIR GOALS, AND IN THIS BOOK, GADSDEN-WILLIAMS DEMONSTRATES HOW YOU ALSO MUST DO THE SAME AND SET GOALS FOR YOUR PERSONAL WELL-BEING AND INCORPORATE THOSE GOALS INTO CORPORATE CULTURE SO THAT YOU CAN TAKE YOUR CAREER TO THE NEXT LEVEL. 

AJ JOHNSON, ACTRESS, HEALTHY LIVING  COACH

 

 

 

GADSDEN-WILLIAMS HAS USED HER PERSONAL STORY OF RESILIENCY TO PROVIDE INVALUABLE INSIGHT INTO HOW TO BUILD A FULFILLING LIFE, NOT JUST A CAREER. SHE PULLS NO PUNCHES WHEN SHARING HER EXPERIENCES AS AN AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN DETERMINED TO FULFILL HER DREAM TO HELP OTHERS LIVE UP  TO THEIR POTENTIAL . . . IT IS NO WONDER SHE HAS WON SO MANY AWARDS AND ACCOLADES FOR HER EFFORTS TO MAKE ORGANIZATIONS MORE INCLUSIVE. THINK OF HER AS YOUR PERSONAL MENTOR, NOT ADVISING YOU ON WHAT YOU SHOULD DO, BUT RATHER GUIDING YOU TO HELP YOU DISCOVER YOUR PERSONAL VOICEAND PATH.

 

LINDA A. HILL, PROFESSOR, HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL AND AUTHOR OF BEING THE BOSS 

 

MOST ORGANIZATIONS WERE NOT DESIGNED FOR WOMEN OF COLOR. [IN CLIMB] GADSDEN-WILLIAMS TAKES US ON A JOURNEY OF HER CAREER-THE WINDING ROAD OF MAKING TOUGH CAREER AND FAMILY DECISIONS, SEEKING OUT AND SHAPING OPPORTUNITIES, AND WALKING AWAY WHEN OTHERS THOUGHT SHE SHOULD STAY. THERE IS RAW, SINCERE VULNERABILITY DISPLAYED IN THIS BOOK . . . [AND THERE] IS ALSO A CALL TO ACTION-INTENTIONALLY SHAPE YOUR CAREER AND BE AN ACTIVE PARTNER IN SHAPING THE ORGANIZATIONS YOU ARE A PART OF.

KEEP CLIMBING!

 

KATHERINE W. PHILLIPS, PAUL CALELLO PROFESSOR OF LEADERSHIP AND ETHICS, COLUMBIA BUSINESS SCHOOL 

 

A FRANK MEMOIR PLUS CAREER GUIDE, MICHELLE GADSDEN-WILLIAMS SHARES PERSONAL STORIES OF SELF-ASSURANCE, RESILIENCE, AND BRAVERY THAT SERVE AS LESSONS FOR WOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE. THIS BOOK IS ESSENTIAL READING . . ."

 

ANGELA RYE, CEO, IMPACT STRATEGIES

TERESA C. YOUNGER / PRESIDENT AND CEO OF MS. FOUNDATION FOR WOMEN

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