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Sally Helgesen
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Career Info

Primary Industry:
Coaching / Training, Writing
Personal Career Headline:
Author, Speaker & Leadership Consultant

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Career Snapshot:

Sally Helgesen is a best-selling author, speaker and leadership coach, cited in Forbes as the world’s premier expert on women’s leadership. For the last thirty years, her mission has been to help women leaders around the world recognize, articulate and act on their greatest strengths. She also works with senior teams seeking to build more inclusive cultures.

Sally’s most recent book, How Women Rise, co-authored with coaching legend Marshall Goldsmith, became the top-selling title in its field within a week of publication. It explores the specific habits most likely to get in women’s way as they seek advancement. And it offers powerful practices to help women realize their full potential.

Sally’s previous books include The Female Advantage: Women’s Ways of Leadership, hailed as a classic and continuously in print since 1990, and The Female Vision: Women’s Real Power at Work, which explores how women’s strategic insights can strengthen their careers and their organizations. The Web of Inclusion: A New Architecture for Building Great Organizations, published in 1995, was cited in The Wall Street Journal as one of the best books on leadership of all time and credited with bringing the language of inclusion into business.

In addition to delivering workshops and keynotes in corporations, partnership firms, universities and associations around the world, Sally has consulted with the UN on building more inclusive country offices in Africa and Asia and led seminars at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Smith College. She is a contributing editor for Strategy + Business magazine and a member of the MG 100 Coaching Network and the New York and International Women’s Forums. She lives in Chatham, NY.

What Else To Know

My Goal of the Day:

To increase the amount of joy in the world

My Thought of the Day:

Give whatever it is your best shot

My Action of the Day:

Helping women recognize, articulate and act on their greatest strengths

My Deed of the Day:

Following up quickly when people reach out for advice and support

My Tip of the Day:

Laugh at every opportunity

My Pic of the Day:
Tell Us More:

My Pic of the Day:

My dog Rocco waiting to take a drive

A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City?

I live in the country so I love the cows, chickens and ducks that greet me on my walks

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

Steel cut oatmeal and plenty of coffee- at home or if I’m on the road, from room service

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM My Pilates routine

10:00 AM Probably on the phone

12:00 PMFavorite Lunch spot/meal?

At my desk if I’m home, at Molyvos in NYC- I have favorite lunch spots in about 30 different cities

7:00 PM Cooking dinner if I’m home, meeting a client for dinner if I’m on the road

11:00 PM Reading a novel in bed

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

Coffee to get me through, Saratoga sparkling to say I’m done

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

I read newspapers online- Washington Post, New York Times, Financial Times

What should everyone try at least once?

Driving around a race track while being coached by a skilled professional driver- a highlight of my life and I hate speed.

Where do you enjoy getting lost?

Venice, Seville, obscure arrondissements in Paris- but only on foot. I hate getting lost in the car.

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