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Missing Mentor: Women Advising Women on Power, Progress and Priorities

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By Mary E. Stutts --

What is my next career move? Am I settling? How can I achieve balance between career and family? Can I have it all?

As women compose 57% of America’s current college graduates, there is a growing number of women in the workforce who are asking these questions. Yet as Mary Stutts explains, there is an unfortunate dearth of female mentors capable of providing counsel, guidance, and answers. Consequently, women who are trying to “have it all” are left on their own to navigate the pitfalls of balancing marriage, home, family, career development, and personal ambition.

In her second book, The Missing Mentor: Women Advising Women on Power, Progress and Priorities (ISBN 0-9772730-1-6; Price $16.99; On-sale May 5, 2010; Publication Date June 1, 2010), Stutts shares her own experiences from her successful thirty year business career in the health care and communications industries. She advises readers on how to increase their confidence, create a life plan, achieve self-awareness, maintain ethical and spiritual well-being, foster personal and professional relationships, and define and achieve their own success in life.

As a seasoned executive who has helped to manage multi-billion dollar companies, thousands of employees, and a busy family life, Stutts has plenty of important advice to offer. Through humorous vignettes, insightful stories, and empowering words of wisdom, The Missing Mentor offers women the advice that they need in order to tackle these problems and to achieve the success that they crave.

Through chapters such as “How to Avoid Getting Derailed” and “Work Life Choices,” Stutts shows her readers how to evaluate opportunities, make the most out of the chances they are given, and to recognize potential in their personal and professional lives. The book is designed to assist women in making positive and empowering choices every day, both at home and in the workplace. In addition to Stutts’ own tips and real-life examples on how to prioritize and keep moving forward in life, each chapter also provides a motivational “Power Up!” interview with successful women from all walks of life who offer their own inspirational advice.

The Missing Mentor features several empowering and influential women who offer valuable insight and advice. Dr. Marianne J. Legato, M.D., F.A.C.P., an internationally known academic physician, author, lecturer and specialist in women's health, imparts knowledge and advice from her life experience in the book. Several other notable female contributors include Dr. Beverly Tatum, President of Spelman College in Atlanta; Mara Aspinall, President & CEO of On-Q-ity in Waltham, Massachusetts; and Marcela Perez de Alonso, Executive Vice President of Human Resources at Hewlett Packard in Palo Alto, California. These powerful and influential women offer mentoring advice and direction on how women can balance their professional and personal lives. Also included in the book are: Catherine Arnold, the Health Care Sector Leader for the Equity Research Department and the Director and Senior Analyst covering U.S. Major Pharmaceuticals at Credit Suisse; recently named California Antitrust Lawyer of the Year, Mary Cranston, Firm Senior Partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in San Francisco; Evelyn Dilsaver, retired Executive Vice President from Charles Schwab; Kim Thiboldeaux, President and CEO of The Cancer Support Community in Washington, D.C. and author of The Total Cancer Wellness Guide; Eunice Azzani, CEO of Azzani Search and former Principle Partner at Korn-Ferry Executive Recruiting in San Francisco; Julie Abrams, CEO of Women's Initiative in San Francisco; and, Nola E. Masterson, M.S., Chairman of the Board at Repros Therapeutics, Inc. in The Woodlands, Texas.

As a long-term speaker on such issues as career advancement, women in leadership and work and life balance, Stutts is sensitive to the myriad of problems and concerns felt by modern professional women. Together with this understanding, Stutts’ down-to-earth, no-nonsense writing style allows her to quickly forge a connection with her readers. She offers generous insight into how she learned to “have it all” as a successful executive, mother, and a driven individual without ever “talking down” to her audience. Rather, Stutts credits much of her success to the mentoring that she received from two women in her own life: Dr. Susan Desmond Hellmann and Myrtle Potter. Her book seeks to pass on the lessons that she learned from these mentors and from her own experience to other women seeking guidance.

Whether just starting out in the workforce, looking to make a career move, or striving to climb the corporate ladder, The Missing Mentor provides a useful tool for helping women to realize their full strength and potential. It is an important book for any woman interested in achieving confidence, power, focus and balance in a competitive, fast-paced and increasingly demanding world.

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