Anne is a recent college graduate who lands a competitive position with a well-known multinational company. Brimming with confidence, she hopes to someday reach management’s top ranks. She does well in the first few years of her career and hits many of the early milestones to a C-suite role.
As she gains experience at her company, however, doubts start to creep into her mind about whether she can handle the path ahead. Although her company’s board has articulated a desire to see more women in top management, the requirements to make it there seem daunting—and lonely.
Her direct supervisors have little advice for her, and there are few women in upper management to serve as examples. Soon, Anne begins to make other plans for her life—plans that no longer include the C-suite.
[Words: Julie Coffman and Bill Neuenfeldt]
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