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Book Synopsis: “How Great Women Lead: A Mother-Daughter Adventure into the Lives of Women Shaping th

Posted: May 30, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 30, 2012 1:55 a.m.

“How Great Women Lead: A Mother-Daughter Adventure into the Lives of Women Shaping the World”

Bonnie St. John and Darcy Deane

In boardrooms and lecture halls, on the field and at home, strong female leaders are making a statement around the globe. In “How Great Women Lead,” Bonnie St. John and her teenage daughter Darcy Deane explore the qualities that motivate some of the world’s most powerful women.
 Through engaging, out-of-the-spotlight interchanges, the authors discover commonly held values, behaviors, and attitudes, as well as the subtle, special skills inherent in female leaders.

From the ethics of Dr. Condoleeza Rice to the fortitude of Hillary Rodham Clinton to the enthusiasm of Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp and the discipline of Geena Davis, each woman in this book shares the exciting story of her rise to the top and the unique qualities it took to get there.

About the Author:
Due to a condition called pre-femoral focal disorder, St. John had her right leg amputated above the knee when she was 5 years old. Despite this challenge, she went on to excel as an athlete, a scholar, a mother and a businesswoman. After graduating magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1986, St. John won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University.
She was the first African-American to win Olympic medals in ski racing, winning a silver and two bronze medals in the 1984 Paralympics in Innsbruck, recognized in the White House, celebrated on a Starbucks Cup and honored with a doctoral degree for her lifetime commitment to motivating people.

“Bonnie is one of the five most inspiring women in America.”
—Brian Williams, NBC Nightly News


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