Publication: Book “Sideways to the Top”


  • Do women lead differently than men?
  • Are they inherently more nurturing?
  • Do women rely on the ‘women’s network’?
  • Is there really a glass ceiling that needs breaking?

Sideways To The Top is a unique, thought-provoking book that addresses these questions along with other longstanding assumptions about women.

Sideways To The Top by Norak Breekfeldt

It chronicles the experiences of 11 women leaders — some of whom are Australian icons — who challenged the status quo and took alternative career pathways to the top. Read what Janine Allis (Boost Juice), Farah Farouque (Brotherhood of St Laurence), Jane Fenton, AM (Fenton Communications), Theresa Gattung (ex-CEO Telecom NZ), Annwyn Godwin (Merit Protection Commissioner), Terri Janke (Indigenous Art lawyer), Katie Lahey (Korn-Ferry), Sarah Rey and Mary-Jane Ierodiaconou (Justicia Lawyers), Ann Sherry, AO (CEO, Carnival Australia) and Naomi Simson (Red Balloon) have to say.

Sideways To The Top features discussions on the realities and current issues facing women through conversations with and essays by experts in career transitions and gender differences. It also brings case studies and expert analysis together into a practical checklist and action plan to help women navigate their careers and achieve success.

Norah Breekveldt - Sideways To The Top Book Launch“The subtlety and depth of the discussion about women and work in Australia has transformed in recent times and Norah Breekveldt’s book reflects this : it is layered with practical advice, solid research, and a rich and nuanced analysis of how a range of women have negotiated extraordinary lives and careers. A welcome addition indeed.”
Catherine Fox
Journalist and former ‘Corporate Woman’ columnist

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