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Advice From the Top: What Minority Women Say about Their Career Success

Book Jacket Excerpt: Advice from the Top will inspire minority women and others who want to advance their careers, and the compelling stories here will help them avoid common pitfalls on the road to success. To that end, the book provides action steps designed to help readers vault the hurdles encountered by the women profiled, and to do with aplomb. Advice from the top will also help organizations, educational institutions, and businesses develop and support career and mentoring programs that support the success of minority women.

While women of color have made significant gains in the workplace since their days when the top of their career meant a lowly service occupation, there is still a long way to go. Thankfully, as Advice from the Top so clearly illustrates, there is plenty of room at the top—and in many diverse industries—for ambitious minority women with street smarts and the right education. In spotlighting the enormous contributions minority career women continue to make in the country, Advice from the Top will help many more attain success.

Perhaps most important this book and the stories it conveys will leave a lasting legacy for all those who care about improving the status of women in our society.

Praise for Advice from the Top: What Minority Women Say About Their Career Success

“You’ve made it possible for many women to benefit from the experience of other women. Because so many of us are so busy just trying to keep our heads above water, we don’t often take the time to share what we know—and what a pity! Sharing is how we women can progress and be in a position to bring other women along. Thank your for caring enough to share this information on so many smart, wonderful, and successful women.”

–Rev. Dr. E. Faye Williams, Esq. Chair National Congress of Black Women

“By sharing the stories of fourteen successful women of color, Valencia Campbell helps remove myths and mystery from the concept of success, and grounds it squarely in the context of gender, race and class realities. This is a useful examination for all of us.”
–Ellen Bravo, former director, 9to5, National Association of Working Women

“Valencia Campbell has given the nation a very thoughtful examination of the workplaces successes of some of today’s top minority women achievers. Their stories will surely inspire you to set your goals high, as they recount the obstacles they have had to overcome to succeed. I encourage you to consider a diverse set of career choices, like the ones presented here—and I might add, the Congress of the United States. We need you in the House and the Senate too. The sacrifices of such civil rights activists as Rosa Parks, Coretta Scott King, Dr. Dorothy Height, C. Delores Tucker and many women before them demand that you take your seat at the table.”
–Congresswoman Diane E. Watson, Ph.D.

“This book is well grounded in research (theory) and practice with the personal stories of dynamic working women that transverse many careers. There is something in this book for any woman who has an interest in advancing her career.”
–The Honorable Judge Mary Terrell, Retired D.C. Superior Court Judge

“I am sure this book will be informative and beneficial to all who read it, especially young people entering the workforce and beginning their careers.”
–Former Maryland State Delegate Obie Patterson