Tapping the Wisdom That Surrounds You
Mentorship and Women
by Elizabeth Ghaffari
September 2014, 172pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-3261-1
$41, £31, 36€, A56
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-3262-8
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Wisdom and mentorship can come from unexpected sources.

Are you seeking the perfect mentor or life adviser—an ideal guide, no matter what the challenge? This book provides a unique and new road map for a modern world, demonstrating that the wisdom we seek surrounds us at every turn.

As a professional speaker about leadership and as a coach and judge of entrepreneurial business competitions, author Elizabeth Ghaffari found that those seeking “a mentor, coach, or sponsor” often had no idea where to find such support—or knew what they needed to receive from such a relationship. In this book, readers will learn how to recognize invaluable mentorship and guidance all around them—from family members, at school, at work, in recreational and social settings, in the media and politics, and even from those who have left us. The true-life stories and testimonials presented will inspire and motivate you to endure, succeed, and prevail.

This fun-to-read book contains the definitive answer to the question “How can I find a mentor?” as well as unique insights that young women can apply to transition into becoming successful leaders and define long-term success for themselves. Similarly, readers with more career experience will derive affirmation, motivation, and encouragement from peers as they chart their own leadership course.


  • Presents a collection of true stories by real women describing their actual experiences that will benefit and speak to any career-minded professional, women and men alike
  • Provides key insights into the mentee (protégé)-to-mentor relationship, including how, when, and why effective mentorship does or does not happen and how to develop a mindset that attracts successful role models
  • Helps readers to recognize and gather evidence that enables them to counter the negative messages and obstacles that confront career-driven women
Elizabeth Ghaffari is president and CEO of Technology Place Inc., a corporation that delivers strategic technology advisory services to U.S. and international business clients. Previously, she was a manager of IT at major financial institutions in California and a consulting economist to major development firms domestically and abroad. Her published work includes ABC-CLIO's Outstanding in Their Field: How Women Corporate Directors Succeed as well as Women Leaders at Work: Untold Tales of Women Achieving Their Ambitions. Ghaffari has been recognized as a Governance Fellow each year since 2011 by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). She received her master's degree in management from the University of California, Los Angeles (now UCLA Anderson School of Management) and her bachelor's degree in political science from American University, Washington, DC.


"Elizabeth Ghaffari’s new book provides an exciting challenge for women—for those who mentor and those who are mentored. The latter are rarely considered. Ghaffari brings a new and interesting dimension to the study."—Frances Hesselbein, President and CEO, the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute (formerly the Peter Drucker Leadership Institute)

"Elizabeth Ghaffari encourages us to be aware of the people we admire and to ask ourselves why—what is it, specifically, that we admire about our role models? Their common sense? Their wisdom? Their integrity? How can we acquire the traits we admire? Touching on many diverse and interesting stories about both mentors and mentee, Tapping the Wisdom That Surrounds You should be a must-read for young women and men who are seeking guidance in their lives."—Gayle Wilson, Education Advocate and Former First Lady of California

"Elizabeth Ghaffari expands our understanding of mentorship and in the process provides a cradle-to-grave spectrum of opportunities from which women can learn. In story after story, Ghaffari illustrates that wisdom need not be dispersed or consumed only in the classroom, the boardroom, or on the first tee. Guides and guideposts are already mapped into our daily lives."—Dian M. Gottlob, PhD, Assistant Dean, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, University of Iowa

"In her book, Elizabeth Ghaffari simplifies the process of finding mentors by illuminating events and people in everyday life. Great advice for those starting out on careers and in life."—Kay Koplovitz, Chair, Springboard Enterprises and Koplovitz & Co.
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