Women graduate from colleges, law schools, business schools and film schools at the same rate as men, but ten years later, our participation in the upper ranks of almost all industries is less than 20%, and in some fields, less than 10%. How Women Can Succeed in the Workplace (Despite Having Female Brains ) takes a frank and honest approach to examining what women are doing to hold ourselves back, and how we can compete on a playing field designed by men to reward their achievements. Using relevant studies in evolutionary biology, anthropology and sociology, as well as examples from her life as a securities lawyer, investment banker, Internet executive and screenwriter, Valerie Alexander explains the evolution of the gendered brain and the corporate structure, showcasing and dissecting areas where women's natural tendencies prevent us from succeeding in male-designed workplaces. How Women Can Succeed in the Workplace tackles a difficult subject with candor, humor and confidence -- and two of those traits are actually welcome in the workplace!
Valerie Alexander is an author, speaker, coach, filmmaker and creator of the acclaimed .. .as a Second Language book series, the first of which, Happiness as a Second Language: A Guidebook to Achieving Lasting, Permanent Happiness, is an Amazon Top Seller in the Happiness and Self-Help categories. Valerie can be reached through her website, SpeakHappiness.com. Valerie started her career in the Silicon Valley where she worked on some of the most important transactions of the Internet era as a securities lawyer, an investment banker and an Internet executive. As a screenwriter, Valerie has worked with Joel Schumacher, Catherine Zeta Jones, Barry Sonnenfeld, Ice Cube and others. She co-wrote, produced and directed the award-winning short film, Making the Cut, as well as more than 50 commercials and public service announcements. Valerie received her B.A. from Trinity University and her J.D. and M.S. degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. In the spring of 2010, she was invited back to Berkeley Law to teach the legal ethics seminar, Representation of Law in Film. Valerie lives in Los Angeles with her husband, writer-producer Rick Alexander, and their ill-mannered German Shepherd, Pepper.