How Great Women Lead
A Mother-Daughter Adventure into the Lives of Women Shaping the World
Publication Date: April 2012
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.
Despite having her right leg amputated at age five, Bonnie St. John became the first African-American to win Olympic medals in ski racing--silver and two bronze medals in downhill events at the 1984 Paralympics. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University, won a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford, and was appointed by President Clinton to the White House National Economic Council.
Today Bonnie travels the globe as a highly sought after keynote speaker, leadership trainer, and television personality. NBC Nightly News called her "One of the five most inspiring women in America." She has been featured extensively in both national and international media including: The Today Show, CNN, CBS Morning News, NBC News, and The New York Times, as well as People, O, and Essence magazines. Bonnie's other books include How Strong Women Pray and Live Your Joy.
Darcy Deane attends high school in New Jersey as well as the Online High School at Stanford University where she founded a virtual, global Model United Nations club. Home schooled until sixth grade, she has traveled extensively throughout all fifty states, and many countries abroad. Darcy is interested in a career as a linguistic anthropologist and studies Chinese, Spanish, and ancient Greek.
"I have been an avid student of leadership for nearly 40 years, reading thousands of books on leaders from all walks of life and on the general subject of leadership excellence. This is the first book in this territory where my first thought was to share it with my wife and daughter. Bonnie and Darcy have created a fresh conversation about leadership from a woman's perspective which is well crafted and very much needed. I highly recommend it."
---Douglas R. Conant, retired president and CEO, Campbell Soup Company, New York Times Bestselling author of TouchPoints
"Bonnie and Darcy have created a new genre: bringing together inspired narrative with valuable advice from some of the most influential women of our time. This mother-daughter adventure gives us a firsthand account of the journey future female leaders will experience as they embrace the wisdom, strength and influence from those that came before them. As a mother of two daughters, I loved the book!"
---Rohini Anand, senior vice president and global chief diversity officer, Sodexo
"Bonnie is one of the five most inspiring women in America."
-Brian Williams, NBC Nightly News
"Bonnie St. John has, against all odds, found great joy in her life. And rather than hoarding it...she generously shares the treasure."
-Jeannette Walls, New York Times bestselling author of The Glass Castle
"How Strong Women Pray is a powerful book that teaches us valuable lessons about prayer, about ourselves and about God's open heart toward each one of us"
--Debbie Macomber, author of Knit Together: Discover God's Pattern for Your Life
"With all the things we have to worry about in the world today--terrorists, the crises on Wall Street, and global warming-- Live Your Joy leaves you feeling stronger, more resilient, and more energized so you can feel in charge of your life."
-Joan Lunden, author and TV personality
"Bonnie's life is proof that we can all be happy no matter what. Read Live Your Joy to walk a while alongside her and learn how to do it."
-Marci Shimoff, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Happy for No Reason