Talking with the Gen Y Generation

Monday, March 16, 2009 @ 9:05 PM

For the past two years, I've been working on a book on women's leadership, called:  POWERING UP.   The best part has been the nearly 150 interviews I've done with women achievers and leaders from all over the country. 

Some are names you would recognize who have already risen to the 10,000 foot level of the Forbes and Fortune magazine lists of "Most Powerful Women."  Others have risen to leadership in the military or as Olympic athletes.  Many were pioneers, such as Reverend Jane Holmes Dixon, one of the first women bishops ordained in the Anglican church.  And some are at the very beginning of their leadership journey, such as Nicole Marble, who is pictured here.  A graduate of Michigan State University and a grand slam-slugging college athlete, Nicole is now working on her Master's Degree, aspiring to a career in sports management -- still a tough field for women to crack -- and adjusting to her first year of marriage. 

She is just one marvelous example of the next generation of women achievers and leaders, a sub-set of the 80 million strong Gen Y generation that is just beginning to move into the U.S. workplace.  I call Nicole and aspiring women of her generation:  the "I'll-do-it-my-way Innovators."  They are an ambitious breed and I predict they are the storm troopers who will finally smash those elusive glass ceilings to smithereens.  But they need leadership and hands-up from their more seasoned professional sisters.  For insight into the mindset of an ambitious, well-qualified Innovator, you are welcome to listen in on our conversation about women's leadership.  Click here to listen

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