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Fast Forward
How Women Can Achieve Power and Purpose
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This book, based on interviews with the world's most inspiring women, "shows every woman how she can empower herself and her community" (Madeleine Albright).

Important conversations about leaning in, work/life balance, and empowering females around the world have energized a generation of women. Fast Forward, by two leaders whose experience spans corporate America, public service, and global diplomacy, takes the next step. Through interviews with a network of more than seventy trailblazing women, Fast Forward shows women how to accelerate their growing economic power and combine it with purpose to find both success and meaning in their lives.

Companies, countries, and organizations the world over are waking up to today's new reality. Women control the lion's share of purchasing power and are increasingly essential to competitiveness. The age of women's transformative economic influence has finally arrived, and women are using their power for purpose, redefining what power and success mean in the process. Through clear, practical advice and personal stories of women around the world—including Hillary Clinton, Geena Davis, Christine Lagarde, and Diane von Furstenberg—Fast Forward shows every woman how to know her power, find her purpose, and connect with others to achieve her life goals.
This book, based on interviews with the world's most inspiring women, "shows every woman how she can empower herself and her community" (Madeleine Albright).

Important conversations about leaning in, work/life balance, and empowering females around the world have energized a generation of women. Fast Forward, by two leaders whose experience spans corporate America, public service, and global diplomacy, takes the next step. Through interviews with a network of more than seventy trailblazing women, Fast Forward shows women how to accelerate their growing economic power and combine it with purpose to find both success and meaning in their lives.

Companies, countries, and organizations the world over are waking up to today's new reality. Women control the lion's share of purchasing power and are increasingly essential to competitiveness. The age of women's transformative economic influence has finally arrived, and women are using their power for purpose, redefining what power and success mean in the process. Through clear, practical advice and personal stories of women around the world—including Hillary Clinton, Geena Davis, Christine Lagarde, and Diane von Furstenberg—Fast Forward shows every woman how to know her power, find her purpose, and connect with others to achieve her life goals.
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  • Melanne Verveer is a founder of Seneca Women and executive director of Georgetown University's Institute for Women, Peace and Security. In 2009, President Obama appointed her the first-ever US ambassador-at-large for global women's issues. She is a cofounder of Vital Voices, an international nonprofit that invests in emerging women leaders.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    August 3, 2015
    In this empowering work about women’s valuable contributions to the global economy, consulting firm Seneca Point cofounders Verveer (the first U.S. ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues) and Azzarelli (chair of Cornell Law School’s Avon Global Center for Women and Justice) offer a simple three-step template for continued female success: know your power, find your purpose, and connect with others. To show these principles in action, they incorporate the stories of such inspirational women as fashion designer and philanthropist Diane von Furstenberg; designer Donna Karan; Sunitha Krishnan, who founded the Hyderabad-based organization Prajwala to help survivors of sexual exploitation; and Molly Melching, who seeks to curtail female genital mutilation in Africa. “When women have the support and the opportunity to pursue , it’s clear they can put us on track to fast-forward to a world of growth, opportunity, and progress,” they opine. The authors also point out that more women should be encouraged to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. An inspiring foreword by Hillary Clinton bolsters the authors’ message that women, working together, can accomplish anything. 8-page color insert. Agent: Jennifer Joel and Rafe Sagalyn, ICM/Sagalyn.

  • Library Journal

    September 15, 2015

    Do we need another book on women standing up for themselves and saving the world in the process? If so, this volume fits the bill. Coauthors Verveer (executive director, Inst. for Women, Peace and Security, Georgetown Univ.) and Azzarelli (chair & cofounder, Avon Global Ctr. for Women and Justice, Cornell Law Sch.), the cofounders of Seneca Point Global--a strategy consulting firm promoting women's leadership--outline problems ranging from honor killings to lack of paid maternity leave. With a focus on both U.S. and global issues (and a foreword by Hillary Clinton), this work looks primarily at high-achieving women and how they have responded to specific social causes. Economic facts and research studies are mentioned often but not footnoted. There is, however, a corresponding notes section in the back with page numbers and references. It follows two appendixes, the first being a 17-page "toolkit" with tips and ideas to encourage the reader to emulate the examples laid out in the bulk of the book, and the second listing selected research reports and foundations covering relevant topics such as gender-based violence and economic empowerment. VERDICT Well written and researched but focused on executives vs. general readers. For women's studies and political science collections.--Susan Hurst, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, OH

    Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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