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In Pushback, top leadership consultant Selena Rezvani argues that self-advocacy is critical to success. Yet women initiate negotiations four times less often than men, resulting in getting less of what they want—promotion opportunities, plum assignments, and higher pay. This book shines a light on the real rules of holding your own and pushing back for what is rightfully yours. Drawing on interviews with high-level leaders, Rezvani offers readers in the first half of their career the unedited truth about how women have asked their way to the top and triumphed—and how you can too.
Selena Rezvani is the founder and president of Women’s Roadmap, a consulting firm whose goal is to propel more women into leadership positions and to help companies position an inclusive workplace as a competitive advantage. Rezvani established Women’s Roadmap while writing her debut book, The Next Generation of Women Leaders: What You Need to Lead but Won’t Learn in Business School (Praeger, 2009), and after identifying the need for Generation X and Y women to be seen as a viable talent pool and leadership pipeline. Her newest book, Pushback: How Smart Women Ask — and Stand Up — for What They Want (Jossey-Bass, 2012) focuses on the unmatched power of negotiation skills in women’s career advancement and won the 2012 Axiom Business award. Her experience and success in the women and leadership arena make Rezvani a frequent resource for news media and an in-demand business speaker. She has been quoted, interviewed, and profiled by the LA Times, The Wall Street Journal, Jezebel, NBC and ABC television. Rezvani writes a much talked about column on women and leadership for The Washington Post, for which she won the coveted 2012 Croly Award for Excellence in Journalism. Selena received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Social Work degrees from NYU and has an MBA from Johns Hopkins, where she graduated first in her class.