Title: REFLECTIONS FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE GLASS CEILING: FINDING MY TRUE SELF IN CORPORATE AMERICA Author: Stephanie Battaglino Publisher: L’Oste Vineyard Press Pages: 286 Genre: Memoir
For Stephanie Battaglino, her lifelong journey of self-discovery closely paralleled her daily grind of trudging up the corporate ladder. Amidst the successes and failures of working as a male in the corporate world, Stephanie finally realized that the only path to career fulfillment was to embrace her true self once and for all. That it resulted in her becoming the first officer in the history of New York Life to come out on the job as transgender is not surprising. What was surprising was her abrupt introduction to that generations-old nemesis of working women everywhere, the Glass Ceiling. What she quickly realized was that her embrace of her authentic self came with a price: the loss of male privilege.
Reflections from Both Sides of the Glass Ceiling: Finding My Authentic Self in Corporate America is part memoir, part cautionary tale of what it is like to experience a career on both sides of the gender divide. Stephanie’s unique and very personal experience provides a powerful trailblazing story of inspiration, self-discovery, and triumph – for ALL women.
As the founder and owner of Follow Your Heart, LLC (www.StephanieBattaglino.com) Stephanie is an internationally recognized speaker, workshop presenter, trainer, author and workplace diversity & inclusion consultant. She currently sits on the Board of PFLAG National and is the Chair of their Business Advisory Council.
Here’s what critics are saying about Stephanie Battaglino:
“From all of us – for your brilliant words and thoughts . . . And heart.” -Diane Sawyer, ABC News
“You were just outstanding . . . with your presentation and guidance during our learning and discussion. Thank you for providing such important and current information. We appreciate you and what you do.” May Snowden, Senior Fellow & Program Director, Human Capital Practice, The Conference Board
“Thank you Stephanie for joining us today during FMC Corporation Pride Month celebration. Your personal story was educational, informative and inspiring.” -Subarna Malakar, Director and Global Diversity & Inclusion Officer, FMC Corporation
“I have had the pleasure of working with Stephanie on an enrichment event at our company and got to know her further at the following Out & Equal Workplace Summit. I’ve found her honesty and heartfelt way she tells her story to be very meaningful to me. She played a large role in introducing me t – and our entire company – to transgender issues and what I believe is the next frontier in creating diverse and accepting workplaces. I now proudly count myself among the allies for the transgender community.” -Heather Gill, Diversity & Inclusion Lead, Land O’Lakes
“I would like to extend a most sincere thank you for your inspiration, and for joining our company’s’ diversity efforts in support of the LGBTQ community. I have received several messages from executives who were present and had great feedback to share! -Juan Camilo Romero, Manager, Diversity & Inclusion Strategies, Macy’s, Inc.
“It is with great pride that Deena and I announce the formal launch of the Trans Toolkit project that you so generously collaborated on with us this past Spring. We truly would not have been able to do this project without each and every one of your thoughtful contributions. We thank you for your time, your passion and your contribution to this project.” -Beck Bailey, Director of Employee Engagement, Workplace Equality Program, Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
“The feedback from the Commissioner and the entire Executive staff has been overwhelmingly positive! Everyone here is excited about the possibilities of doing more to develop the Agency’s Transgender Rights and Inclusion competence. There is no doubt that the Executives would love to have Stephanie back to train the entire 5,400 person workforce if it were possible and practical. I would not be surprised if they started a petition for Stephanie to present full-time, but I digress.” -James L. Hallman, Chief Diversity & EEO Officer, New York City Department of transportation
Reflections from Both Sides of the Glass Ceiling was an interesting Memoir on the life and career of Stephanie Battaglino. I personally liked seeing the difference of the Glass Ceiling from both gender sides. I twas rather interesting to be able to have such a side by side comparison of the gender divide and its effect in relation to just one person. As a psychology graduate student I found this difference quite interesting.