On Our Own Terms

Liane Enkelis (Author) | Karen Olsen (Author) | Marion Lewenstein (Author) | Jane Applegate (Author)

Publication date: 09/01/1995

On Our Own Terms
  • 15 women CEOs and corporate presidents tell how they got the top-on their terms-and how they learned to balance home life and work responsibilities in the process.
  • A unique mix of photographs and personal interviews makes this an ideal gift book for women of all ages.

The press-dubbed "Decade of the Woman" has concentrated on political and social achievements of American women. In a quieter, but equally vital arena, women have been wielding their influence in the business world for some time. Yet, their accomplishments go largely unnoticed by the press, robbing the public in general-and aspiring women in particular-of much needed role-models.

On Our Own Terms fills the information vacuum by providing a look into the lives of 15 highly successful business women. This book profiles women CEOs and presidents of companies with gross annual revenues of $10 million or more, and gives recognition to women's achievements in business and life. Through personal interviews and intimate photographs, these women business leaders reveal how they broke through the gender barrier to achieve top executive positions, and how they learned to balance personal and work life in the process.

All of these women have had to make sacrifices to meet the challenges along their diverse routes to leadership. Rather than relying on the traditional business school model of how to succeed in the workplace, each of these women has invented her own path to success by drawing on the unique resources available to her-from her natural talents, to family values and ethnic heritage. All have relied on their own intuitive and distinctive approaches to business and life, and all have drawn extensively on their instincts and passions.

Although their businesses are varied-from railroads to television-their approaches to business have striking similarities. All rely heavily on intuition and a willingness to take risks. In their management styles, they tend to build consensus rather than dictate; they create "families" in an otherwise anonymous organizational environment. And they all emphasize the importance of integrating their businesses into the whole of their lives.

Their stories are as varied as their businesses--some climbed the corporate ladder, some inherited businesses, while others founded or bought their companies. Each story offers inspiration and useful advice that can be applied to any career or organization. In On Our Own Terms, these innovative women give candid, down-to-earth advice on issues ranging from employee communications to child day care. They offer useful advice on:
o Career planning,
o Customer service,
o Growing a business,
o Managing work and family life, and more.

The women selected represent a cross-section of American women in ethnicity, age, geography, and business experience. On Our Own Terms explores the struggles, sacrifices, challenges and triumphs they have experienced on their way to success.

  • 15 women CEOs and corporate presidents tell how they got the top-on their terms-and how they learned to balance home life and work responsibilities in the process.
  • A unique mix of photographs and personal interviews makes this an ideal gift book for women of all ages.

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  • 15 women CEOs and corporate presidents tell how they got the top-on their terms-and how they learned to balance home life and work responsibilities in the process.
  • A unique mix of photographs and personal interviews makes this an ideal gift book for women of all ages.

The press-dubbed "Decade of the Woman" has concentrated on political and social achievements of American women. In a quieter, but equally vital arena, women have been wielding their influence in the business world for some time. Yet, their accomplishments go largely unnoticed by the press, robbing the public in general-and aspiring women in particular-of much needed role-models.

On Our Own Terms fills the information vacuum by providing a look into the lives of 15 highly successful business women. This book profiles women CEOs and presidents of companies with gross annual revenues of $10 million or more, and gives recognition to women's achievements in business and life. Through personal interviews and intimate photographs, these women business leaders reveal how they broke through the gender barrier to achieve top executive positions, and how they learned to balance personal and work life in the process.

All of these women have had to make sacrifices to meet the challenges along their diverse routes to leadership. Rather than relying on the traditional business school model of how to succeed in the workplace, each of these women has invented her own path to success by drawing on the unique resources available to her-from her natural talents, to family values and ethnic heritage. All have relied on their own intuitive and distinctive approaches to business and life, and all have drawn extensively on their instincts and passions.

Although their businesses are varied-from railroads to television-their approaches to business have striking similarities. All rely heavily on intuition and a willingness to take risks. In their management styles, they tend to build consensus rather than dictate; they create "families" in an otherwise anonymous organizational environment. And they all emphasize the importance of integrating their businesses into the whole of their lives.

Their stories are as varied as their businesses--some climbed the corporate ladder, some inherited businesses, while others founded or bought their companies. Each story offers inspiration and useful advice that can be applied to any career or organization. In On Our Own Terms, these innovative women give candid, down-to-earth advice on issues ranging from employee communications to child day care. They offer useful advice on:
o Career planning,
o Customer service,
o Growing a business,
o Managing work and family life, and more.

The women selected represent a cross-section of American women in ethnicity, age, geography, and business experience. On Our Own Terms explores the struggles, sacrifices, challenges and triumphs they have experienced on their way to success.

  • 15 women CEOs and corporate presidents tell how they got the top-on their terms-and how they learned to balance home life and work responsibilities in the process.
  • A unique mix of photographs and personal interviews makes this an ideal gift book for women of all ages.

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Meet the Authors


Visit Author Page - Liane Enkelis

Liane Enkelis has been a photo-journalist for over twenty years. She has worked regularly with numerous publications, including Business Week, Forbes, The Smithsonian Magazine, Time, U. S. News & World Report, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Black Enterprise, and Electronic Business. She is coauthor of On Our Own Terms: Portraits of Women Business Leaders.



Visit Author Page - Karen Olsen


Karen Olsen is a graphic designer who has designed for corporate identity programs, annual reports, sales and marketing materials, corporate publications, and books. Her clients include Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, LSI Logic, Pacific Bell, and Sybase. She is coauthor of On Our Own Terms: Portraits of Women Business Leaders.


Visit Author Page - Marion Lewenstein


Marion Lewenstein is a professor of communication at Stanford University. Before joining academia, she had a long career as a journalist working with numerous publications including Time, Sports Illustrated, Fortune, Women's Wear Daily, Money, London Sunday Times, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and The San Jose Mercury News. She is coauthor of On Our Own Terms: Portraits of Women Business Leaders.


Visit Author Page - Jane Applegate

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Table of Contents

Contents
Foreword, by Jane Applegate
Introduction, by Marion Lewenstein
1. Josie Cruz Natori, President, The Natori Company
2. Judy Koch, President, RSP Manufacturing
3. Kathy Taggares, President, K. T.'s Kitchens, Inc.
4. Dorothy Brunson, President, Brunson Communications
5. Ruth Owades, President, Calyx & Corolla
6. Wilma Mankiller, Chief, Cherokee Nation
7. Dr. Jane Shaw, President and COO, Alza
8. Elaine Chao, President & CEO, United Way of America
9. Carmen Ashhurst, President & COO, Def Jam Records & Rush Communications
10. Liz Minyard & Gretchen M. Williams, Co-Chairs, Minyard Food Stores, Inc.
11. Kavelle Bajaj, President, I-Net
12. Dian Owen, Chair, Owen Healthcare
13. Marjorie Silver, President, Pinsly Railroad Company
14. Carol Bartz, Chair & CEO, Autodesk, Inc.

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Endorsements

"On Our Own Terms makes it possible for women and girls to see and hear the multiplicity of ways women empower themselves economically while fulfilling their he art's desire to make a contribution to the community. This book is a must-have for anyone who yearns to 'be' on her own terms."

-Joline Godfrey, Founder, An Income of Her Own, and author of Our Wildest Dreams: Women Making Money, Doing Good, Having Fun

"On Our Own Terms conveys the humanness, strength of character, family relations hips, and highly individual management styles of executives who are, today, blazing important trails for all women in business. These vivid and powerful photo essays capture the intelligence, high spirit, strong will, and intense personal motivation of women who have broken thorough the glass ceiling and the maternal wall. The combination of moving portraits and candid stories about personal struggle will inspire other women in their own quests for challenging and balanced lives."

-Deborah J. Swiss, coauthor of Women and the Work/Family Dilemma

"By capturing the unique perspectives and behaviors of this highly successful group of women, On Our Own Terms gives powerful insights into the ways women might manage differently than men-insights which if taken seriously, could do much to improve the ways men have managed organizations over the centuries."

-Jerry I. Porras, coauthor of Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies

"These women prove that you can do well by doing good!"

Jing Lyman, Social Entrepreneur and founder of the National Coalition for Women's Enterprise

"For women, the path to the top typically includes added hurdles. The women whose stories are told in this book provide much-needed role models for those who are assessing the climb. The interweaving of commentary by the authors and personal remarks by the subjects creates a clear and interesting picture of the lives of these successful leaders."

Charles A. Holloway, Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers Professor of Management, Stanford University Graduate School of Business

"On Our Own Terms will inspire anyone who has experienced the road block of societal bias while pursuing their goals and dreams. This long overdue book is as impressive as the women profiled in it."

Michael S. Williamson, Pulitzer Prize winning coauthor/photographer of And Their Children After Them and staff photo-journalist, The Washington Post

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