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May 2, 2006

Jack Covert Selects: Jack Covert Selects -- More Than 85 Broads

By: Jack @ 7:59 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

More Than 85 Broads: Women Making Career Choices, Taking Risks, and Defining Success on Their Own Terms
By Janet Hanson, McGraw-Hill, 330 Pages, $21.95 Hardcover, April 2006, ISBN 0071423680
There's much to be said about the value of a network. It provides a community for people to learn, share their ideas and grow. In 1999, Janet Hanson founded such a community for women working at Goldman Sachs. Now having over 10,000 members around the world, the network's name, 85 Broads, is a clever play on the company's address, 85 Broad Street.
Found within the book are the fascinating and inspiring stories of a handful of these women. The first story is the author's. She details her divorce, career as a high-powered co-manager of the Money Market Sales Group (also, the first woman in sales management at GS) and subsequent resignation to start a family and a consulting firm.
The storytellers are separated into nine categories--trailblazers, adventurers, entrepreneurs, parents, givers, survivors, officers, ambassadors, and visionaries. Each person, while not famous, has a remarkable story that start with a brief background followed by the lessons learned. One example is the clarity of hindsight by trailblazer Karen Cook, currently the Chief Investment Officer for Steinhardt Management. She explains, "In hindsight, I would have done it all better. I would have done everything better."
This is a perfect read for your lunch break, morning commute or before bed. There are lots of nice short bites overflowing with nutrition.
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