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Sally Helgesen

  • Co-author of How Women Rise


Sally Helgesen is a brilliant and pathbreaking champion of women leaders, identified by Forbes as the world’s premier expert on women’s leadership. As an author, speaker and consultant, Sally’s mission has always been to help women recognize, articulate and act on their greatest strengths.

How Women Rise, Sally’s latest book, co-authored with good friend and world renowned executive coach Marshall Goldsmith, was published in April 2018. Building on Marshall’s classic bestseller What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, but adapting its premise for women, How Women Rise explores the behaviors most likely to get in women’s way as they seek advancement and offers powerful solutions to help women realize their full potential. How Women Rise will have women jumping out of their seats while exclaiming, “That describes me! That’s exactly what I do!” But it’s more than diagnostic: it also offers a clear and actionable path forward.

Sally’s previous books include The Female Vision: Women’s Real Power at Work and the best-selling The Female Advantage: Women’s Ways of Leadership, hailed as “the classic work” on women’s leadership styles and continuously in print since 1990. Her groundbreaking The Web of Inclusion: A New Architecture for Building Great Organizations was cited in The Wall Street Journal as one of the best books on leadership ever and is credited with bringing the language of inclusion into business.

Sally has delivered leadership programs, workshops and keynotes to organizations such as Chevron, Microsoft, IBM, Google, Eli Lilly, Morgan Stanley, Prudential Financial, Textron, Hewlett Packard, The World Bank, The West Point Military Academy, Roschier LLP Helsinki; ING Amsterdam; BHP Billiton Melbourne and The Leadership Forum of Kuala Lumpur.

She has consulted with the UN on building more inclusive country offices in Africa and Asia and led seminars at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Smith College. She is a contributing editor to Strategy + Business magazine, a member of the New York and International Women’s Forums and lives in Chatham, NY.


Keywords: diversity, inclusion, women in the workplace, human capital, leadership, strategic vision, breaking through the glass ceiling

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