Sunday, July 19, 2009

Jill Granoff: Ask for what you want

Kenneth Cole CEO Jill Granoff tells her story in today's New York Times --a story in which speaking, as a woman in business, and speaking up, both played a significant role. She describes a presentation in her first job, at A.T. Kearney Company, a management consulting firm:
It had a very industrial client base in male-dominated industries. After one presentation to a board, I recall the client in charge saying, “I guess you have to run home now and make dinner.” The funny thing is, I don’t cook.
Granoff goes on to describe how speaking up advanced her opportunities and furthered her career, leading to the CEO position she holds today--great inspiration for women speakers, whether you're addressing a major audience or just piping up in a meeting.

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