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Breaking Borders: A Remarkable Story of Adventure, Family, and Career Success That Defied All Expectations

Kate Isler
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Kate Isler's incredible story of blazing global business trails in the early days of Microsoft demonstrates how women can stop self-selecting out o... Read More

Kate Isler’s incredible story of blazing global business trails in the early days of Microsoft demonstrates how women can stop self-selecting out of opportunities and make the leap of faith to pursue their dreams.

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.

Taking readers on a fascinating adventure from Kate’s years as a naïve young adult through her unexpected global career, which included six international moves, Breaking Borders candidly shares:

  • Kate’s moments of success, failure, and very public mistakes to help readers become more fearless in their own pursuits of greatness.
  • The author’s 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.

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.

As entertaining as it is enlightening, Breaking Borders provides insights, inspiration, and practical lessons that are relatable and easy to apply each step of the way.

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  • Contributor(s)Kate Isler
  • About the Contributor(s) While working at Microsoft, Kate Isler started her international career in Dubai in 1993 by talking her husband into quitting...

    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.

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  • ISBN-139781400221578
  • Publish Date03/02/2021
  • PublisherHarperCollins Leadership
  • Format eBook
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Pages272
  • Price $11.99

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