The Next Generation of Women Leaders
What You Need to Lead but Won't Learn in Business School
by Selena Rezvani
December 2009, 181pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-313-37666-5
$75, £58, 66€, A103
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For a woman preparing for a business career it was the opportunity of a lifetime. Imagine being able to sit down with top women executives, to hear in their own words their most coveted advice and hardest won lessons. Selena Rezvani did just that, conducting over 30 interviews that pass along the wisdom of this generation’s leading businesswomen to the next.

A groundbreaking, empowering collection of advice—richly illustrated with the stories of women at top echelons of their fields—that advances the leadership outlook for Generation X and Y women like no book before it.

Over the course of a year, Selena Rezvani interviewed women executives in various industries, roles, and job functions, including Jamie McCourt, president of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Denise Incandela, president of Saks Direct at Saks Fifth Avenue, Roxanne Spillett, president and CEO of Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and Naomi Earp, chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The result is The Next Generation of Women Leaders, a penetrating, eye-opening, and ultimately empowering narrative, filled with stories of remarkable women who navigated the leadership maze and triumphed.

While the leadership landscape may be shifting in women’s favor, women are nowhere near an equal presence in leadership roles when compared to men. Rezvani’s achievement was to engage some extraordinarily accomplished women as mentors, each of whom provided tools and information that young women can use to shape their own careers. The Next Generation of Women Leaders encourages younger women to be their own advocates when it comes to professional growth and advancement, and it provides tangible how-tos on negotiating the workplace as a woman.


  • Includes 30 interviews with highly accomplished business women
  • Offers a foreword by Gail Evans, the highest-ranking woman executive ever at CNN
  • Provides a far-reaching bibliography of significant materials combining works examining gender dynamics in addition to business classics
Selena Rezvani serves as president of Women's Roadmap, a consulting firm dedicated to propelling more women into the top echelons of business. For more information, visit Ms. Rezvani earned a MSW degree from New York University and an MBA from Johns Hopkins University, where she was the recipient of the Edward Stegman Memorial Award for Academic Excellence.


"It is a definite MUST READ for women moving up and women who would like insight into how to develop our next generation of women leaders."—WE magazine, December 31, 2009

"I commend Selena Rezvani on bringing to the forefront such important information. . . . I highly recommend this book to any young woman entering a career or has aspirations of becoming a leader. I also believe this book should be a 'must read' in all business curriculum, not only for females but males as well."—, April 28, 2010

"Recommended. All collections and readership levels."—Choice, July 1, 2010

"The book is a must-read for women just beginning their careers, as well as for those searching for their next steps."—On Campus With Women, July 1, 2010

"getAbstract considers this thoroughly researched text a must read, not only for women launching their careers, but also for anyone, male or female, with leadership aspirations." —getAbstract, January 16, 2011

"Rezvani does an excellent job of focusing on the lessons learned by the 30 business leaders interviewed that can be passed on to the next generations to affect change. . . . Rezvani provides much practical insight into office politics and how to successfully navigate through it to your personal advantage. . . . just hope when young women are deciding their career options that they can visualize and aspire to being president of a bank. I would advise every one of them to read this book to get a head start on a wonderful career in banking."—ABA Banking Journal, March 7, 2012

"Rezvani's book is full of wisdom hard won through her own experience and that of leading women executives of America whom she interviewed. This is a must read book for women who want to advance their careers."—Evelyn Murphy, Ph.D, President of the WAGE Project, Inc. & Former Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts

"Chockfull of smart insights and actionable advice on finding your passion and fueling your workplace success."—Tory Johnson, CEO of Women For Hire

"The Next Generation of Women Leaders is essential reading not only for women seeking a legible roadmap to achieve success, but for passionate leaders dedicated to developing, mentoring, retaining and exciting emerging talent."—Dr. Bryan Gingrich, Principal, Inclusive Strategies

"The stories and advice shared by genuine trailblazers in The Next Generation of Women Leaders provide an excellent foundation for women interested in advancing their career and stepping into leadership positions with confidence."—Dr. Rohini Anand, Senior Vice President and Chief Global Diversity Officer, Sodexo

"Can women really have a life and a leadership career? Selena Rezvani applies her wealth of experience observing and writing about talent management to answer the question affirmatively with wit and wisdom. In a conversational, narrative style packed with personal stories, useful tools, and relevant data, The Next Generation of Women Leaders is an informative and practical guide for young women building leadership careers that enhance rather than sideline their lives. Next Generation is also a 'must read' for corporate executives and directors competing for leadership talent."—Lindsay Thompson, Ph.D., Professor at The Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business & Author of The Moral Compass: Leadership for a Free World
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