Stiletto Network

Inside the Women’s Power Circles
That Are Changing the Face of Business

Stiletto Network is a story of female friendship—disguised as a business story, a tale of women banding together to improve lives and companies and communities, to realize their dreams and change the world.

Women like Kim Moses, who created the most downloaded app in the history of Warner Bros. Or Jennifer Nason, who oversaw the largest high-yield bond offering of 2010. Or Mallun Yen, who joined the founding team of RPX, one of the fastest-growing start-ups in history, and steered it toward a $1 billion IPO. Or Joan Amble and Marilyn Alexander, who were fast-tracked to corporate board seats. Or Shauna Mei, a go-getter in her 20s who launched a company and got John Mack, the former Chairman and CEO of Morgan Stanley, on her board. Or Bonnie McElveen-Hunter and Melanie Sabelhaus, who created the most successful fundraising pilot in the history of The Red Cross.

What do they have in common? They’re all members of Stiletto Networks.

During the past few years, women’s groups have been coalescing in every major American city. Formidable ladies across industries are convening at unprecedented rates; they’re forming dinner groups and networking circles, and collaborating not only to achieve clout and success, but also to create a more just, equal society.

Stiletto Network is about those groups: the “Babes in Boyland,” “Power Bitches,” and “S.L.U.T.S.: Successful Ladies Under Tremendous Stress.” It’s about what happens when bright, caring women—from captains of industry to aspiring Millennials to moms launching businesses in their basements—come together to celebrate and unwind, debate and compare notes. But it’s also about what happens when they leave the table, when the talking stops and the action starts.

With engrossing narrative marked by compassion and wit, Stiletto Network is the first book to shed light on this groundbreaking movement.

Women build a foundation of trust first within these micro-groups. From that point on, you are motivated to do whatever you can to help each other. If I want to mobilize, or create a movement or visibility for something, I activate the Broad Squad. But it’s actually a pyramid of squads, so when I mobilize mine, they mobilize theirs, and then there’s a huge rolling thunder.”

Jillian Manus, President of Manus Media & Literary Agency and founding partner of Broad Strategy LLC

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