The Nasdaq Reads series continues with Pamela Ryckman is the author of "Stiletto Network: Inside the Women's Power Circles That Are Changing the Face of Business."
Kay Koplovitz from the Huffington Post says, “A beautiful mosaic of how women are changing the rules. If you want to know how this is being done, Stiletto Network can inform you.” Publishers Weekly says, “Emboldening, encouraging, and entertaining, this book is essential reading for any woman who wishes to further her career while remaining true to herself.”
The book is Stiletto Network: Inside the Women's Power Circles That Are Changing the Face of Business by Pamela Ryckman. Stiletto Network is a story of female friendship disguised as a business story, discussing how the power of women banding together can improve lives, companies and communities, creating a force that changes the corporate world.
So what is a Stiletto Network and why is it so important?
A stiletto network forms when ladies across industries gather together and create dinner groups and networking circles, coming together to network and help one another achieve their career goals.
We sat down with Pamela to learn more about this concept as well as some of the key takeaways from her book:
Pro-women, not Anti-Men
Pamela Ryckman believes in advancing her fellow female coworkers; however, she stresses the importance of integration, not isolation. “The best way to change ‘the comfort formula’ is by making introductions and investments with guys too. So think about how to build personal and political capital with men, and incorporate them into your lives and ventures” (p 249). This in turn helps women to leverage a larger network and increase their corporate potential by working seamlessly alongside their male colleagues.
Personal and Professional Courage
Stiletto Network illustrates how women need to foster meaningful friendships, yet still maintain a professional relationship. Speak up when women in your circle are making harmful decisions, invest in your colleagues and in the causes you believe in and offer guidance and advice to better their careers. “If ‘even a live wire needs a connection’—as Gordon Macklin, the first president and CEO of Nasdaq, used to say—then senior executive women now provide the connections to young women’s live wires by sponsoring and investing in their new ventures” (p 66).
Pamela Ryckman emphasizes throughout the book how Stiletto Networks are easily accessible and available to everyone. Interviewing women from their 20s to their 70s, the activity is the same in all industries and among all age groups. She preaches how the earlier women get started, the tighter and stronger the groups become, creating networks that unite women in the beginning of their career and steer them towards further opportunity. A “secret recipe” for success, Ryckman believes that the results of the Stiletto Networks are profound and have the ability to help women change the world. “It’s about the kind of woman so many of us are striving to be. And with the help from our Stiletto Networks, we can” (p 8).
Pamela Ryckman is a journalist and screenwriter whose work is published in The New York Times, Financial Times, Washington Post, Fortune.com/CNNMoney, and The New York Observer, in addition to other publications. She currently resides in Manhattan with her family.
To learn more, view our interview with Pamela below. Watch the video >
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