Synopses & Reviews
Learn how some of the worldandrsquo;s most inspiring women are using their growing economic power to create success and meaning in their lives while building a better world. . . and how you can too.
Important conversations about leaning in, work/life balance and empowering women and girls around the world have energized a generation of women.and#160;Fast Forward,and#160;by two women leaders whose experience spans corporate America, public service, and global diplomacy, takes the next step. Through interviews with a network of more than seventy trailblazing women,and#160;Fast Forwardand#160;shows women how to accelerate their growing economic power and combine it with purpose to find both success and meaning in their lives.
Companies, countries, and organizations the world over are waking up to todayandrsquo;s new reality. Women control the lionandrsquo;s share of purchasing power and are increasingly essential to competitiveness. The age of womenandrsquo;s transformative economic influence has finally arrived, and women are using their power for purpose, redefining what power and success mean in the process. Through clear, practical advice and personal stories of women around the world andmdash; including Hillary Clinton, Geena Davis, Christine Lagarde, and Diane von Furstenberg andmdash;and#160;Fast Forwardand#160;shows every woman how to know her power, find her purpose, and connect with others to achieve her lifeandrsquo;s goals.and#160;
Advance praise for Fast Forward:
andquot;Fast Forward shows us how leaders at every level can use their power and purpose to help more and more women achieve their dreams for a better life.andquot;
andmdash;Hillary Rodham Clinton
andquot;We are all capable of great things, even world-changing things, if we take inspiration from others and join together to get it done. We are witnessing an awakening to the justice of civil rights for women in our time. You can feel it is imminent, and it will change the world when it is accomplished. Here are stories of a few women who have dared to imagine the day, and worked to make it happen. Let them inspire you.andquot;
andmdash;Meryland#160;Streep, actor and activist
andldquo;Aand#160;life filled with purpose is the greatest gift we can give to ourselves - andand#160;to others.and#160;Fast Forwardand#160;shows women how to lead lives ofand#160;purpose and meaning, so that they, and our world, can thrive.andrdquo;
andmdash;Arianna Huffington, co-founder andand#160;editor-in-chief, Huffington Post
andldquo;As I have travelled the world, Iand#39;ve seen the incredible strength and resilience of women everywhere, working at every level. If there was ever a doubt that our moment is now, this book dispels it.and#160;Fast Forwardand#160;shows every woman how she can empower herself and her community, and why all of us will be better for it. Women are the growing force for progress in the 21st century.andrdquo;
andmdash;Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State
andquot;What is life without a sense of purpose? Any woman whoand#39;s asked herself this question must read Fast Forward, filled with inspiring stories of women whoand#39;ve achieved power in their own lives and used it to make a difference for others, especially other women and girls.andquot;
andmdash;Maria Shriver, author and journalist
andquot;The stories in this inspirational book serve as a powerful reminder that, with the right support, women can become an unstoppable force in their communities and economies. It is a rousing call to action for anyone who cares about creating a more equal world. Unleashing the full potential of women is not an option - it is an imperative.andquot;
andmdash;Cherie Blair,and#160;founder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women
andquot;I love this book. It tells the stories of ingenious women who took the circumstances around them and created successful companies and purpose in their lives, while at the same time recognizing their own power to lift other women up, supporting both economic growth and social progress all over the world. Itand#39;s an inspiring wake-up call to action, and once youand#39;re fired up, longing to find your own power and potential, it gives you a tool kit of information as to how you can begin. Brilliant.andquot;
andmdash;Sally Field,and#160;actor and activist
andquot;Fast Forward gives all of us hope through the inspiring examples of pioneering women in global leadership, public service, and the corporate world - a path forged by Melanne Verveer since she helped Hillary Clinton transform the concept of womenand#39;s rights in Beijing in 1995. Verveer and co-author Kim Azzarelli share their practical experience with new insights into how we can all lean even further forward. A must read for women - and men - who believe strong, educated women and girls are the key to advancing societies.andquot;
andmdash;Andrea Mitchell, Chief Foreign Affairsand#160;Correspondent, NBC News
andldquo;Theand#160;stories of the remarkable women chronicled inand#160;Fast Forwardand#160;areand#160;both inspiring and instructive, making it must-read for anyone interested inand#160;leading successfully with purpose in the 21st century.and#160;Fast Forwardand#160;isand#160;also aand#160;reminder that progress and gender parity are inextricably linked andand#160;that if we want a society that operates at its best, we have to work for both.andrdquo;
andmdash;Ajay Banga, CEO, MasterCard
andldquo;Inand#160;Fastand#160;Forward, we are reminded why Melanne Verveer and Kim Azzarelli are twoand#160;leading and#39;sheroesand#39; of the global womenandrsquo;s movement. The book is chock-full ofand#160;wise and clever advice for women and men committed toand#160;empowering women to reachand#160;their full potential. You will be inspired by their profiles of determinedand#160;women of resilience, grit and passion to change the world. Brava!andrdquo;
andmdash;Darren Walker, president, Ford Foundation
andldquo;A durable contribution to the continued efforts to effectand#160;change for women.andrdquo;
andldquo;[An] empowering work about womenandrsquo;s valuable contributions to theand#160;global economyandhellip;An inspiring foreword by Hillary Clinton bolsters the authorsandrsquo;and#160;message that women, working together, can accomplish anything.andrdquo;
"In this empowering work about women's valuable contributions to the global economy, consulting firm Seneca Point cofounders Verveer (the first U.S. ambassador-at-large for global women's issues) and Azzarelli (chair of Cornell Law School's Avon Global Center for Women and Justice) offer a simple three-step template for continued female success: know your power, find your purpose, and connect with others. To show these principles in action, they incorporate the stories of such inspirational women as fashion designer and philanthropist Diane von Furstenberg; designer Donna Karan; Sunitha Krishnan, who founded the Hyderabad-based organization Prajwala to help survivors of sexual exploitation; and Molly Melching, who seeks to curtail female genital mutilation in Africa. 'When women have the support and the opportunity to pursue , it's clear they can put us on track to fast-forward to a world of growth, opportunity, and progress,' they opine. The authors also point out that more women should be encouraged to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. An inspiring foreword by Hillary Clinton bolsters the authors' message that women, working together, can accomplish anything. 8-page color insert. Agent: Jennifer Joel and Rafe Sagalyn, ICM/Sagalyn. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Sheryl Sandbergandrsquo;sand#160;Lean In ignited a conversation about women and their careers, and resonated with millions of readers.and#160;Fast Forward, by two women leaders with experience and access throughout corporate America and around the world, takes the next step. Through interviews with a network of over fifty trailblazing women, it shows women how to accelerate their growing economic power and combine it with purpose to create success and meaning in their lives while building a better world.
About the Author
MELANNE VERVEER is a founder of Seneca Women and executive director of Georgetown Universityand#39;s Institute for Women, Peace and Security. In 2009, President Obama appointed her the first-ever United States ambassador-at-large for global womenand#39;s issues. She is a co-founder of Vital Voices, an international nonprofit that invests in emerging women leaders.
andnbsp;KIM K. AZZARELLI is a founder of Seneca Women and cofounder and chair of Cornell Law Schooland#39;s Avon Global Center for Women and Justice. She is a legal, corporate, and philanthropic adviser and has held senior positions atandnbsp;companies including Newsweek/The Daily Beast, Goldman Sachs, and Avon.