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GenderStrategy: Career advancement shouldn't be a catfight
GenderStrategy: Career advancement shouldn't be a catfight

After years navigating the office politics of both big business and government, Trent Kittleman had seen her share of women sidelined for promotions in favor of their male counterparts. It niggled at her, because by 2002, while she was working as minority counsel for U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson, she knew that women had come a very long way in achieving professional recognition. Still, there were pitifully few in senior executive positions. “I didn’t like seeing women unhappy at work,” says Kittleman. “I learned by doing it wrong. I literally wanted to help women understand what was going on.” She called her good friend Joan Athen, a serial entrepreneur who...

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