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CAREER FORWARD: STRATEGIES FROM WOMEN WHO’VE MADE IT BY GRACE PUMA & CHRISTIANA SMITH SHI

In their book, two former corporate executives offer valuable guidance for women seeking long-term fulfillment in their careers. Puma, who previously held a senior position at PepsiCo, and Shi, a former executive at Nike, share insights on how women can succeed professionally while maintaining a balanced and satisfying life outside of work.

The authors highlight the shift in priorities that has occurred in the wake of the pandemic, noting that simply striving to keep a company profitable is no longer enough for many women. Instead, they advocate for pursuing overall personal fulfillment, which involves embracing a “360-degree life” mindset. This approach acknowledges and integrates all aspects of a woman’s life, including her career, personal interests, and family obligations.

Central to the authors’ framework is a commitment to excellence and delivering value in every professional interaction. By cultivating what they term “professional equity,” women can increase their chances of gaining flexibility from their employers to accommodate their diverse needs and responsibilities.

Importantly, Puma and Shi address the issue of guilt that many women experience when advocating for themselves in the workplace. They encourage women to assertively pursue their own needs while maintaining a career-forward attitude. This balanced approach aims to alleviate the burnout that has disproportionately affected high-achieving women in recent years.

Overall, the authors offer a refreshing perspective on career success that emphasizes self-care and fulfillment. Their book serves as a beacon of encouragement for women navigating the complexities of the modern workplace, providing practical strategies for achieving long-term satisfaction and balance.

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