About the Author

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Pamela Ryckman is the author of Stiletto Network: Inside the Women’s Power Circles That Are Changing the Face of Business. She has written for The New York Times, Financial Times, Washington Post, Fortune.com/CNNMoney, and The New York Observer, 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 (where she is a contributor), 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 women in business to global corporations and is a sought-after speaker who regularly addresses corporate and women’s groups, as well as academic institutions and philanthropies.

In addition to being a journalist, Ryckman is a screenwriter and Partner of Lucky VIII, an independent film, television, and theatre production company working with top tier talent both domestically and internationally. Among projects in development are Stiletto Network, a television series on which Ryckman is an Executive Producer alongside Lucky VIII partner Mary Beth O’Connor, producer Datari Turner, and Angela Simmons.

With veteran Tony Award-winning producer Bob Cole and Mary Beth O’Connor, Ryckman is also raising a theatre, film, and television development fund.

Before becoming a journalist and screenwriter, Ryckman performed internal strategy work for Merrill Lynch’s Global Markets and Investment Banking Group, and for Goldman Sachs & Co.’s Equities Financial and Strategic Management group. She began her career at Mitchell Madison Group, a management consulting firm.

Ryckman is managing board member of Harlan Media, a full-service media agency and HUBZone business based in Newark, NJ. She is also on the board 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.

Ryckman earned her A.B. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University and her M.A. in Journalism from New York University. She is fluent in French and proficient in Italian.

She lives with her family in Manhattan.

It used to be that we would get together and network, but we felt we shouldn’t let guys know because they might think we’re complaining about men. But now it’s the opposite. It’s gone from something we did in stealth to something we’re proud of. There’s an understanding that we’re not there bitching. We’re just trying to get stuff done for the companies.”

Theresia Gouw Ranzetta, General Partner at Accel Partners

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