Breaking Borders inspires women to say "yes" to opportunities and pursue their dreams and to stop self-selecting out.
Kate Isler navigated the male-dominated culture of the technology industry, breaking new global markets for Microsoft in their fast-paced, hyper-growth startup years in some of the most challenging regions in the world – all without a college degree or resources that many believe are necessary for success.
Kate’s story is a guide for women who want to stop self-selecting out of opportunities because they "assume" they don't have the right education, connections, or skills to take a chance—including those that believe that having a family disqualifies them from pursuing a dream.
Kate’s moments of success, failure, and very public mistakes to help readers become more fearless in their own pursuits of greatness.
Her struggle to pivot her career in a completely new direction as a result of being disillusioned with a big corporate environment.
How she overcame the disappointment of a failed startup by channeling her passion for supporting women to build Be Bold, a women’s advocacy non-profit, from the ground up.
Kate’s mission to inspire other women to challenge the limits society has placed on them as they chase their dreams.
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Do feel stuck in your career, or disillusioned by the corporate environment? Do you feel like you were meant for more but you don't know how to get there?
Kate Isler has been there. She is now sharing her story with you so you can be inspired to look at your own life in a new way, without borders.
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While working at Microsoft, Kate Isler started her international career in Dubai in 1993 by talking her husband into quitting his job to become a “house husband” for what she promised would be a two-year adventure. Twenty years, three children, and six international moves later, Kate left Microsoft to try her luck at running a digital health startup.
While that venture ultimately did not bear fruit, she learned vital lessons that she has taken into her new organization, Be Bold Now, a conscious consulting practice whose mission is to build an intersectional community of women and men, who strive to inspire, empower and support each other to take bold pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity.
Kate is a change agent and thought leader. Her experience in high tech as a CEO of a digital health startup and as an Executive at Microsoft, provides a powerful platform of real-world expertise and examples to draw from when addressing gender equity and balanced management practices.
Kate has successfully navigated the complexity of a global company and tested her agility and ability to innovate as an entrepreneur. Her journey of leadership, challenging the status quo, overcoming adversity, and breaking gender stereotypes motivates and inspires audiences.
"At last a book by a woman in corporate life who tells it like it is, with all the bumps and bruises and skinned knees of navigating big jobs and scary deadlines AND the demands of marriage and family. Kate’s funny, honest, globe-trotting life-story is as refreshing as it is practical, full of great advice any woman who wants to ‘have it all.’"
Chief Impact Officer, Participant Media
“Breaking Borders is a book with adventure on every page. The author’s reflective and thought provoking style takes you on a journey of self-discovery, independence and plenty of learning moments. Reading this book is a good reminder of why you should look inward to find strength and what matters the most in life. If you want to move outside of the conventional lines, and step out of your comfort zone, then this book is a must read as you navigate your own path in life.”
CEO, Pure Performance Communications
“We all dream of making a difference, adding value and leaving a legacy, yet sometimes life’s burdens and barriers seem bigger than our dreams, so our dreams get deflated. If you are in need of a bit of inspiration to rise strong and embrace your dreams, Breaking Borders offers just that. Whether it’s breaking boarders, breaking rules or breaking through the glass ceiling, Kate Isler has done it all. Kate’s story is relatable for women of all ages who want an example of how to lead and live through the challenges and triumphs of a life with grit, grace and gravitas.”
DR. JACKIE FREIBERG
Bestselling Author, Speaker, EpicWorkEpicLife.com