About Pamela Ryckman

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Pamela Ryckman is screenwriter, journalist, and business executive with a focus on women in the workforce. She is the author of STILETTO NETWORK: Inside the Women’s Power Circles That Are Changing the Face of Business and has written for The New York Times, Financial Times, and Washington Post, among other publications.

Ryckman and Stiletto Network have been featured widely in the press. She has appeared on The TODAY Show, Rock Center with Brian Williams, Good Day New York, Bloomberg TV, and MSNBC, and in publications such as the Chicago Tribune, New York Post, U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Inc., Entrepreneur, Huffington Post, and More.

Ryckman consults on diversity to global corporations and is a sought-after speaker who regularly addresses corporate and women’s groups, as well as academic institutions and philanthropies. With Shaquille O’Neal and Credit Suisse, Ryckman launched Momentum: Black Men’s Leadership Retreat, which convened 50 of the nation’s most high-powered African American men in 2014 to focus on job-creation and economic empowerment in the black community. Ryckman also co-authored CS Gender 3000, a Credit Suisse research report that debunked the “Queen Bee” myth for women (view PDF of report and press release).

Early in her career, Ryckman held internal strategy roles at Merrill Lynch’s Global Markets and Investment Banking Group, and at Goldman Sachs & Co.’s Equities Financial and Strategic Management group.

Ryckman is also an investor in Lucky Godot, a theatre development fund, and a board member of Page 73 Productions, which develops and produces new work by early- career playwrights. From 2003 to 2009, Ryckman was on the board of The Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York, which won a 2010 Tony Award for Excellence in the Theatre.

We’re moving away from the corporate model. We’re coming into an era where women have the skill sets and core value systems. Being collegial, collaborative, checking your ego at the door… able to work in a non-hierarchical environment, listening, attuned to intuition. These are increasingly all characteristics of senior leaders. Women have that capacity, as mothers and sisters and preservers of the family. When we come through this period, I think we’ll find many more women at the senior level.”

Catherine Allen, CEO of the Santa Fe Group and founding CEO of the financial industry consortium BITS

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