The Book Series
The goal of Women@Work books is to provide an honest look at subjects we all face in the workplace. Our Career Girl's Guides aim to tackle factors that can make or break our careers and provide concrete, practical initiatives women can pursue to overcome challenges and seize opportunities. From men and gender dynamics, to appearance and personal brand, to work/family balance, we wanted to hit these factors head-on, helping women of all ages and phases of their careers by driving more candid advice and open discussion around them.
The book series is just getting started and will continue to evolve. Our first book, Men@Work, is focused understanding male archetypes in the workplace and how to navigate them effectively to drive success. Meanwhile, our two additional books, Fashion@Work and Babies@Work, which will launch in 2018. Sneak peeks are available on both and we welcome your feedback and stories as we build them out.
What's Christina's story?
I'm a middle aged (50), reasonably accomplished technology executive who:
- Never thought I would still be working as a wife and mother, much less have a long-term career path and/or be remotely successful.
- Somehow ended up in an industry and a role that I never dreamed I could do--one that's super techie even though I started as a totally liberal artsy and save-the-world kind of person.
Despite my insecurity, complete lack of initiative and planning, erratic academic record, and unlikely success in my younger years, I've ended up with a full-blown career that's given me so darn much. Those early days of mediocrity and moments of failure didn't kill me and ended up fueling my drive, stamina, and ultimate advancement over the longer haul. My career has taken a random, haphazard, unlikely path, meandering in and out of seemingly disconnected industries and roles, yet it's all worked out and ended up making sense.
What's your story?
Who doesn't love a good hero(ine)'s journey?
Shakespeare noted, "All the world's a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages."
Indeed, the workplace is a stage and your career is a series of stories, chapters, and subplots where you'll find yourself an active or passive character. It's up to you to figure out who you want to be and how you become the protagonist—the lead—as opposed to an extra on the set.
You have the opportunity to write your own script vs. letting someone else determine how your movie is going to play out. You have the chance to rise above what might seem like a mundane professional life and achieve something extraordinary, for yourself and those around you. You have the power to change your perspective and your life, learning how to navigate, struggle, and come out on top as an executive, mom wife, and/or anything else you want to be.
We hope the content and conversation featured in the Women@Work series will help you craft your own story, your heroine's journey, in a way that makes perfect sense for you.