Successful Professional Women of the Americas
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Successful Professional Women of the Americas

From Polar Winds to Tropical Breezes

Betty Jane Punnett, Jo Ann Duffy, Suzy Fox, Ann Gregory, Terri R. Lituchy, Silvia Inés Monserrat, Miguel R. Olivas-Lujan and Neusa Maria Bastos F. Santos

This accessible and original book relates the fascinating story of successful women across the Americas: women who are managers, business owners, university professors and administrators, doctors, lawyers and government ministers.
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Chapter 6: What the Successful Women Said About Professional and Life Experiences: Barriers, Social Support and Mentors

Betty Jane Punnett, Jo Ann Duffy, Suzy Fox, Ann Gregory, Terri R. Lituchy, Silvia Inés Monserrat, Miguel R. Olivas-Lujan and Neusa Maria Bastos F. Santos

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6. What the successful women said about professional and life experiences: barriers, social support and mentors Terri R. Lituchy and Jo Ann Duffy What do successful women say about their professional lives or careers? What do they say about their home or family lives? Which of their personal and professional experiences have contributed to their success, and what barriers have they had to overcome? Did they have social support, role models or mentors? I always had people who helped me . . . who gave me advice, who guided me. (Chile) This Chilean woman echoes the responses of the successful women throughout the Americas to the interview question: ‘Have there been others in your life that have contributed substantially to your success?’ The successful women in the Americas were quick to recognize that other people had supported and influenced their lives. I was supported by a lot of people, the network we develop . . . my parents, who supported me. (Argentina) I believe that it has to be family, husband and friends, people that surround us, the ‘circles’ we set up . . . (USA) Starting in high school people helped me have confidence in myself, and instilled in me knowledge that you can achieve but while achieving you need to have a humble spirit. (USA) In Chapter 5, we looked at personality, management and leadership styles, and views about great leaders. However, there are a number of demographic factors and life experiences that may have a positive or negative influence on women’s...

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