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Naked in the Boardroom

A CEO Bares Her Secrets So You Can Transform Your Career

About The Book

Renowned media executive Robin Wolaner delivers the 80 Naked Truths businesswomen need to develop presence, seize power, and achieve success.

Straight-talking and sensible, Naked in the Boardroom explains how to achieve more: more opportunities, more money, more notches on the corporate belt without sacrificing your integrity or losing your identity.
In delicious, bite-sized nuggets, Robin Wolaner's Naked Truths provide universal and instantly gratifying lessons for advancing your career. They can be put into action regardless of your age, experience, industry, or whether you are a one-woman start-up or a big-company employee.
Drawing on her own career in magazine publishing and media development, Wolaner shows you how to succeed because of, rather than despite, your unique background and personality. With humor, attitude, and fierce intelligence, she reveals:
  • The keys to successful negotiation on behalf of the company or yourself
  • What great public speakers know and tricks you can use
  • When and how to burn your career plan
  • How to do the right thing in the gray zones of business ethics
  • Effective ways to recover from a mistake
  • Unusual wisdom for hiring and firing -- and for being hired and fired
  • And much more

Peppered with candid stories drawn from Wolaner's life, as well as those of other trailblazing women, Naked in the Boardroom is both essential and inspiring. It provides invaluable wisdom for anyone who sees success on the horizon, but who wants help getting there on her own terms.

About The Author

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Robin Wolaner began her career as a copywriter at Penthouse, where she coined the famous slogan "Penthouse, more than just a pretty face." Before founding Parenting, she worked at magazines including Runner's World and Mother Jones. She became an executive at Time Warner after its purchase of Parenting, was appointed CEO of Sunset Publishing, launched Vibe, and helped develop Martha Stewart Living. In 1997 she joined the founders of CNET as executive vice president, responsible for the company's websites. She lives in San Francisco with her two children. Visit her at

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atria Books (March 8, 2005)
  • Length: 224 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780743271899

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Raves and Reviews

"A how-to book for career women, with a difference: It is full of dishy and street-smart examples from her own life as a magazine executive...a quick diverting read."

-- Fortune

"Robin Wolaner does something that few CEOs would ever do -- she shares her honest mistakes and the lessons she's learned along the tough road of starting and running a company. Both men and women can start smarter -- and finish richer -- as a result of reading this book."

-- David Bach, #1 National bestselling author of The Automatic Millionaire and Smart Women Finish Rich

"Robin Wolaner has written a terrific book...She offers insightful advice about such critical tasks as...negotiating, change management, and developing a positive culture."

-- Professor William A. Sahlman, Harvard Business School

"An excellent book...this is great one-stop shopping for women wanting to move ahead in business."

-- Barry Diller, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, InterActive Corp

"...A riveting read."

-- Arlie Hochschild, author of The Second Shift and The Time Bind

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