The Shriver Report – Selena Rezvani

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Selena Rezvani

Selena Rezvani is a recognized author, speaker, and trainer on women and leadership. Her mission is simple: to propel more women into top leadership roles.

Rezvani established her training firm while writing her debut book, The Next Generation of Women Leaders: What You Need to Lead but Won’t Learn in Business School (Praeger, 2009), and after identifying the need for Generation X and Y women to be seen as a viable talent pool and leadership pipeline. Her newest book, Pushback: How Smart Women Ask — and Stand Up — for What They Want (Jossey-Bass, 2012) focuses on the unmatched power of negotiation skills in women’s career advancement.  In 2013, Selena was recognized with an Axiom Business Book Award for bringing working women’s issues to light in Pushback.

Her experience and success in the women and leadership arena make Rezvani a frequent resource for news media and an in-demand business speaker. She has been quoted, interviewed, and profiled by CareerBuilder, The Wall Street Journal, ForbesWoman, The LA Times, Marie Claire, NBC television, and ABC television. She is a former commentator on NPR’s nationally syndicated ‘The 51% Perspective’ and blogger for  In addition, Rezvani writes a much talked about column on women and leadership for The Washington Post, for which she won the coveted Jane Cunningham Croly Award for Excellence in Journalism Covering Issues of Concern to Women in 2012.

Rezvani’s professional speaking credits include the following organizations, among many others: SAP, UBS, Harvard University, The Clinton Foundation, eBay, London Business School, Accenture, Johnson & Johnson, Princeton University, and the Forte Foundation Conference.

Selena received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Social Work degrees from New York University, and has an MBA from Johns Hopkins, where she received the Edward Stegman CPA Memorial Award for Academic Excellence.

Gender Equality Is a Myth!
By Beyoncé Knowles-Carter
We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality. It isn’t a reality yet. Today, women make up half of the U.S. workforce, but the average working woman earns only 77 percent of what the average working man makes. But unless women and men both say this is unacceptable, things will not change.  → Read More
How to Negotiate
Howard Stern once quipped, “What’s the best thing about having a woman boss?”
His answer: “You make more money than she does!”
It’s funny, but unfortunately true, because most women don’t know how to negotiate for themselves. Even worse, women don’t know that they should—and deserve to—negotiate for themselves.  → Read More