Unapologetically Ambitious: Take Risks, Break Barriers, and Create Success on Your Own Terms (Hardcover)
*Named a Best Business Book of 2020 by Fortune and Bloomberg*
Full of empowering wisdom from one of Silicon Valley's first female African American CEOs, this inspiring leadership book offers a blueprint for how to achieve your personal and professional goals.
Shellye Archambeau recounts how she overcame the challenges she faced as a young black woman, wife, and mother, managing her personal and professional responsibilities while climbing the ranks at IBM and subsequently in her roles as CEO. Through the busts and booms of Silicon Valley in the early 2000s, this bold and inspiring book details the risks she took and the strategies she engaged to steer her family, her career, and her company MetricStream toward success.
Through her journey, Shellye discovered that ambition alone is not enough to achieve success. Here, she shares the practical strategies, tools, and approaches readers can employ right now, including concrete steps to most effectively:
- Dismantle impostor syndrome
- Capitalize on the power of planning
- Take risks
- Developing financial literacy
- Build your network
- Establish your reputation
- Take charge of your career
- Integrate work, marriage, parenthood, and self-care
About the Author
Shellye Archambeau is one of high tech's first female African American CEOs and has been featured frequently in Forbes, the New York Times, Business Insider, and more. Formerly an executive at IBM and President of Blockbuster.com, Archambeau was recruited to be the CEO of a then-struggling Silicon Valley startup, which is now MetricStream, a recognized global leader in governance, risk, and compliance software solutions. She currently serves as a Fortune 500 board member and holds board seats at Verizon, Nordstrom, Roper Technologies, and Okta.
too often tells women, especially Black women, to stay small, keep quiet, and
know their limits, this book says otherwise. It's a celebration of women
knowing their power."
clear strategy of setting goals, making plans, and intelligent risk-taking.
In this book, she's now sharing these strategies with us: why to set an
ambitious plan and how to achieve it. Highly recommended."
"Unapologetically Ambitious is a treasure trove of strategic wisdom and practical tips, brought to life through amazing storytelling that will leave the reader inspired, empowered and appreciative. The book deals with the realities of setbacks, trade-offs and societal norms in an authentic way, while illustrating that strength and success often lie in mindset and the team you choose in life. The closing chapter serves as a master guide to navigating life, providing a penultimate takeaway for any reader early in their journey to put the wisdom and experience of the Archambeau's lessons learned into immediate action!"—Brad D.Smith, Executive Chairman of Intuit and Nordstrom
Shellye offers powerful tips for how to live life courageously and go after
what you want. From investing in your financial health to integrating work,
marriage, parenthood and self-care--each chapter lays out actionable
strategies to help you achieve your goals. A must read for anyone looking for
ways to grow and live their best life."
"A successful career in any industry is always underpinned by a few important elements: focus, risk-awareness and drive. Shellye's book Unapologetically Ambitious underscores the importance these elements can play in your career and showcases brilliant strategies and approaches through her own career pursuits. "
—John Thompson, chairman of Microsoft
intelligent, hard-working and focused women I have met in my 40+ years of
business. I was very pleased to have her join the Verizon board in 2013
and have watched her rise within the board to now head the Corporate Governance
Committee. Her experience as an African American women rising through the
ranks of both large global businesses and technology startups gives her a
unique perspective to share with those entering the business world especially
those people of color. Grab a pen a paper as you read this book. It
is full of the guidance that will put you on a path to career success."
"There are lots of people who have the raw talent and ambition to be great successes, but lack a strategy and plan. That's what Unapologetically Ambitious is about! It reveals Shellye Archambeau's formula for developing your own talent and getting what you want out of life both professionally and personally. It's the book I wish I had read when I was in my 20s."—Eric Schmidt, Google CEO and chairman from 2001 until2011, Google executive chairman from 2011 to 2015 and Alphabetexecutive chairman from 2015 to 2018
failure make for an appealing account of one woman's path to success."
book is essential reading for anyone seeking guidance on taking a strategic
approach to increasing their odds for success in business and life. I
especially recommend it to entrepreneurs and innovators who are early in their
careers and focused on drawing down risk and achieving targeted
"Shellye Archambeau's remarkable journey is one of tremendous grit and perseverance. Through honest storytelling, Unapologetically Ambitious reveals a clear message-create your own luck."—Mellody Hobson, Presidentand co-CEO of Ariel Investments
is an extraordinary leader whose insight is only rivaled by her foresight. She
takes us through her fascinating life's journey, which is marked by dogged
persistence, bucking of norms, and repeated excellence. This deeply personal
and engaging book is a must-read!"