Newsweek profiles eleven women and their journey to the top. I read their profiles looking for the career decision that started them on their way to the top.
- Arianna Huffington – she wrote a book
- Julie Greenwald – assistant to the promoter of Def Jam
- Andrea Wong – from MIT to Lifetime CEO, doesn’t tell how
- Rachael Roy – personal shopper, interned for CEO she dated
- Kyra Sedgewick – actress
- Lucy Jones – seismologist during Joshua Tree earthquake
- Shirley Franklin – worked for politicians
- Lorena Ochoa – playing golf since she was seven
- Rachael Ray – TV host and cookbook author
- Shonda Rhimes – scriptwriter
- Elaine Pagels – Harvard grad student of Greek
Except for a couple (Jones and Pagel) most of them took an path that either depended on 1. good connections or 2. an artistic/athletic capability that can’t be learned.
With so many women who worked their way to the top by getting a job and learning a skill that moved them upward in a career, these women represent just the opposite. They were, for the most part, lucky, or in the right place at the right time.
This is an interesting article which discusses a variety of topics that will have blogher.org buzzing if not thundering.