Naked in the Boardroom

Naked in the Boardroom

A CEO Bares Her Secrets So You Can Transform Your Career

When Robin Wolaner entered into a joint venture with Time Inc. to launch her brainchild, Parenting, she made business history as a successful -- and rich -- woman in a male-dominated magazine industry. Now, for women who are wondering just what it takes to pull off their own triumphs in the fickle business world, Wolaner presents 80 Naked Truths that provide instantly gratifying lessons for ambitious women.

Presented in delicious, bite-sized nuggets, Wolaner's Naked Truths can be put into action regardless of experience, industry, or whether the reader is a one-woman start-up or a big-company employee. With wisdom and attitude, Wolaner reveals:

  • Why showing honest emotion helps in the workplace

  • The one thing women need to learn to negotiate successfully

  • Effective ways to recover from a mistake

  • Unusual advice for hiring and firing -- and for being hired and fired

For anyone who sees success on the horizon, Naked in the Boardroom will get her there on her own terms.
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  • Touchstone | 
  • 224 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780743282840 | 
  • January 2006
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My mother hates the word "naked" in this book's title. One of my first business partners said, "Naked in the boardroom? Well, you have always disarmed and then dismantled any man you were near, not the other way around." 

I don't mean it literally, Mom. And I'm glad my partner thought I was always in control. But what I mean is this: Getting naked is another term for getting real.

Naked in the Boardroom began as a letter to my daughter, Bonnie, when she was four. I was thinking about what her working life would be like as a woman, and how much had (and hadn't) changed since I began my career in the... see more

About the Author

Robin Wolaner
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Robin Wolaner

Robin Wolaner began her career as a copywriter at Penthouse, where she coined the famous slogan "Penthouse, more than just a pretty face." Before founding Parenting, she worked at magazines including Runner's World and Mother Jones. She became an executive at Time Warner after its purchase of Parenting, was appointed CEO of Sunset Publishing, launched Vibe, and helped develop Martha Stewart Living. In 1997 she joined the founders of CNET as executive vice president, responsible for the company's websites. She lives in San Francisco with her two children. Visit her at




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