Look and Listen
BiographyA passion for leveraging women’s career potential drives Selena's interests in helping individuals, groups, and organizations achieve results that benefit everyone. Selena wrote her debut book, "The Next Generation of Women Leaders" while earning her Master of Business Administration degree from Johns Hopkins University, where she graduated first in her class. She also holds Master of Social Work and Bachelors of Science degrees from New York University. Selena serves as a Regional Vice President for the National Association of Women MBAs, where she works to propel more women into leadership roles.
InspirationAs a first year MBA student, I was disheartened to learn of the low number of women leaders in business. When I looked upward, I saw few executives I could relate to in charge of the visible, important businesses I studied in school. As disheartened as I was by the research I did however, I was simultaneously deeply motivated to do something about it. In 2008, I seized an independent study opportunity through my MBA program. I reached out to women executives and began conducting interviews with CEOs, CFOs, COOs, chairs, presidents, and executive vice presidents - with the intention to find out what these women wished they had known earlier in their careers and what knowledge was most essential to their advancement. The advice shared in the interviews uncovered vitally important career practices for young women and serves as the foundation of my book. The guidance the interviewees provided had a major impact on me, so much so, in fact, that I found myself doing and seeing things differently immediately afterward. My hope is that the tools in the book can propel your career forward and remove the limitations on what you think is possible.
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