"This volume outlines the steps women can take to become qualified and competent directors on for-profit or corporate boards. Ghaffari describes the six most prominent paths to success and women directors who followed them through nonprofit, academic, government, corporate, investment, and entrepreneurship fields. Fifteen women from California
Fortune 1000 firms (as of 2006-2007) are profiled. The profiles include discussion about their decisions, lessons learned, and various positions. Ghaffari is associated with a technology advisory firm. Her Surveys of Women on Boards of Directors at California-Based Fortune 1000 Firms provided the biographical and research foundation for the volume."
"Each chapter closes with one woman's advice, providing encouragement and perspective from over three decades of practical experience with public company boards."
"Elizabeth has given us a roadmap to the Boardroom."
"This important work comes at a time in history when the unique leadership gifts women bring to the governance table are more critical than ever before. Well-researched and abundant with thought-provoking information, Outstanding in Their Field is a must-read for women and men charged with ensuring ethical oversight."
"Outstanding in their Field provides a refreshing look at the issue of women on corporate boards. The stories of women who have moved into corporate boardrooms and the analysis of lessons learned from a variety of women and a variety of routes taken to the destination make it 'real life' rather than a theoretical exercise. The overriding theme, that the issue of women on boards comes down to a question of whether women are ready and willing to lead and govern in the corporate marketplace gives a tough love flavour to the book."
"This important study opens windows wide to the current reality of women's leadership journey to the Corporate Board Room. Ghaffari offers a thorough analysis of the combined successful experiences across broad business and not-for-profit sectors and confirms the value-add that women bring to these Board roles."
"Women hold up half the sky, according to the Chinese proverb. Read this book to learn how women board members shine the sun on growth opportunities and improve financial results for the best companies.' "
"What a ground-breaking, inspirational and important book! Elizabeth Ghaffari has done an extraordinary job researching, interviewing and drawing insights from successful women serving on corporate boards. The many leadership lessons found in Outstanding in their Field apply to both men and women in all fields of work. I highly recommend this book."
"Elizabeth Ghaffari brings inspiration to her research and to the lessons learned by outstanding women corporate directors. The women directors whom she interviewed have brought tremendous experience and courage to their roles. Because of their work and prominence, there are and will continue to be more and more women serving on boards. Elizabeth's insightful interview and research style helps us understand the inner workings of a board and why diversity of thought and spirit in the board room are crucial to the performance of the company, and ultimately, driving shareholder value."
"Outstanding in their Field is a very timely and important in-depth look at the paths successful women executives have taken to the boardroom of public companies and the lessons they learned along the way. At a time when public companies are undergoing significant transition in governance as well as in management, Elizabeth Ghaffari's research provides excellent advice for women considering public company directorship positions. I highly recommend the book!' "
"Through her new book, Elizabeth Ghaffari shows us that a C-Suite role is no longer the ultimate corporation dream for women. With early planning and increasing role mentors, women can proactively manage their careers to include the B-Suite. Let the dream continue."
"Different experiences and diverse perspectives matter. In her book, Outstanding in Their Field, Ghaffari shows how women came to be directors in today's tough governance environment, how they are valued, how they regard shareholder interests, and how they assess risks from a personal and professional perspective. The women Ghaffari describes are role models for other women who would lead, and also for corporate boards that want to add talent to their director rosters. Ghaffari suggests that 'learning to play by the rules of the game' is necessary --- but not sufficient. It's also important to change the rules of the game so that the different perspectives women bring are valued.'
"The role of women on boards has been underrated and a missed opportunity for too long. Congratulations to Elizabeth for so vividly demonstrating the capacity and value women bring to the boardroom. Let's hope this helps to move women into the boardroom more rapidly, so that one woman director is no longer the token norm on a board. Let's hope we can embrace and leverage this powerful resource that is women."
"Like myself, many women who serve on corporate boards are often asked if there is a specific path to board service. My response is generally that 'there is not a single, simple path'. Ghaffari's book demonstrates that accomplished women come from many disciplines and a variety of backgrounds. It is a good read for women considering a future in board service as well as those who gain inspiration from the success of others."
"It is a long-needed and overdue book about the importance to American business to recognize outstanding corporate women directors."