A fascinating look at the top women at Berkshire Hathaway and how they got there Although proportionally women continue to lag far behind men as CEOs and board members at major institutions, there has been a marked uptick in the number of female business leaders in recent years. Looking at the changes that have happened at Berkshire Hathaway--Warren Buffett's holding company, The Women of Berkshire Hathaway: Lessons from Warren Buffett's Female CEOs and Directors provides a unique look at the gradual shattering of the glass ceiling at one of America's top firms. An influx of female leadership over the past few years--today there are four female CEOs, up from just one a decade ago--has invigorated Berkshire Hathaway with energy and unique female insight. Profiling these remarkable women, the book provides motivational and management information for a wide range of readers, from business students to Buffett fans.*
Looks closely at the female board members of Berkshire Hathaway and the female managers who run Berkshire Hathaway companies* Follows the paths that brought these women to their current positions* Explores their working relationship with their employees and Warren Buffett, and how they balance work and their private lives The only book focusing on eight of the most powerful women at Berkshire Hathaway, The Women of Berkshire Hathaway is an inspirational read about the triumph of a group of remarkable women within a company once dominated by men.
Karen Linder is the founder and CEO of Linspiration, a corporation that supports entrepreneurship, creativity, and education. She is a sponsor of the annual technology conference Big Omaha, an experienced author and editor, and a Berkshire Hathaway shareholder. Linder is a native of Omaha, Nebraska, and a member of the Board of Directors of two nonprofits, the Museum of Nebraska Art and KANEKO, and SkyVu Entertainment, a for-profit company.
Foreword ix Acknowledgments xiii Introduction xv Chapter 1 Rose Blumkin--Magic Carpet Ride 1 Chapter 2 Susan Jacques--Puttin' On the Glitz 27 Chapter 3 Doris Christopher--Kitchen Counter Culture 65 Chapter 4 Cathy Baron Tamraz--Distribution Evolution 97 Chapter 5 Marla Gottschalk--Consuming Passion 121 Chapter 6 Beryl Raff--Precious Mettle 145 Chapter 7 Charlotte Guyman--Impact Creator 167 Chapter 8 Susan Decker--Desire to Inspire 193 Chapter 9 Katharine Graham--Capital Publisher 213 Chapter 10 Women at the Top and at the Table 235 Notes 253 About the Author 277 Index 279