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Episode Info: Elizabeth Lions has spent her career working in the corporate world, starting in human resources. Fortune 500 companies, including eBay, Intel, Microsoft and Wells Fargo are some of the companies where she has interviewed, hired and coached people. She now coaches men, and especially women, on leadership and how to attain the middle management and C-Suite level executive positions within a corporation. She has written two books, Recession Proof Yourself! and I Quit! Working for You Isn't Working for Me. Recession Proof Yourself! was written after the 2009 Depression when she saw what was happening within companies, in the hopes of helping those who had been impacted. I Quit! Working for You Isn't Working for Me was written for people who may still be employed but want to see what's out there. They may be wanting a change. During and after a recession, and during recovery, companies often go through mergers and acquisitions. Because of redundancy and reasons other than performance and politics, people will lose their jobs. Within the last five years, the process of applying and interviewing for positions has really changed and Elizabeth coaches people through that process. She is driven to working with women because of the paucity of women in upper management positions. She has observed that the general percentage of women in executive positions is less than 5 percent, and in technical fields, such as IT, it's probably less than 2 percent - so she provides information on how to climb that corporate ladder. Sometimes, it's behavior that prevents women from reaching those positions, as well as just not knowing how to get them. It's certainly not something that is taught in any academic courses women may have taken. She feels strongly that having a mentor is very important, and is something different from having a coach. In fact, it's a smart move for career development. Elizabeth also have a radio program on PlaidforWomen.com, called "Leadership Lessons from the Lioness." In her show, she answers questions that women have about leadership. At the end of the interview, during the "final three questions" that Blanche asks, Elizabeth shared some very personal events that have shaped her life, as well as some people who have influenced her and the way she has lived her life. It will give you insight as to why she is doing what she does and why she strives to help others. Elizabeth says, "If you have problems on the outside, look inside first." She's a v
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