Full of empowering wisdom from one of Silicon Valley's first female African American CEOs, this inspiring leadership book offers a blueprint for how to achieve your personal and professional goals.
Shellye Archambeau recounts how she overcame the challenges she faced as a young black woman, wife, and mother, managing her personal and professional responsibilities while climbing the ranks at IBM and subsequently in her roles as CEO. Through the busts and booms of Silicon Valley in the early 2000s, this bold and inspiring book details the risks she took and the strategies she engaged to steer her family, her career, and her company MetricStream toward success.
Through her journey, Shellye discovered that ambition alone is not enough to achieve success. Here, she shares the practical strategies, tools, and approaches readers can employ right now, including concrete steps to most effectively:
Dismantle impostor syndromeCapitalize on the power of planningTake risksDeveloping financial literacyBuild your networkEstablish your reputationTake charge of your careerIntegrate work, marriage, parenthood, and self-careEach chapter lays out key takeaways and actions to increase the odds of achieving your personal and professional goals. With relatable personal stories that ground her advice in the real world and a foreword by leading venture capitalist and New York Times bestselling author Ben Horowitz, Unapologetically Ambitious invites readers to move beyond the solely supportive roles others expect them to fill, to learn how to carefully tread the thin line between assertive and aggressive, and to give themselves permission to strive for the top. Make no apologies for the height of your ambitions. Shellye Archambeau will show you how.
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Iconic African American businesswoman Shellye Archambeau understands that life isn’t always easy, but she's here to help you succeed no matter what obstacles you’re facing. In this engrossing audiobook, Archambeau chronicles her fascinating story, from her childhood during the civil rights era to her achievements as one of Silicon Valley’s first Black CEOs. Part memoir, part self-help guide, this book isn’t just inspiring—it’s a masterclass in how to set goals and achieve them. Archambeau uses examples from her own life to offer vital nuggets of advice about becoming well known in your industry, keeping a strong work-life balance as a parent, overcoming imposter syndrome, and more. Archambeau narrates the audiobook herself, and the conviction and sincerity in her voice will leave you believing that you, too, can do it all. Whether you’re an aspiring CEO or someone who just needs a confidence boost, Unapologetically Ambitious can guide you to a more fearless future.