Women’s Leadership

Achieving Success Is an
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A leadership book explicitly for women, Lead draws on Dr. Snee’s groundbreaking research on women’s leadership development, her coaching and consulting work with executive women, and her earlier life as a Catholic nun. Speaking directly to women leaders, Snee delivers key insights and reinforces them with illuminating personal stories as well as the diverse experiences of her clients. Exercises and action steps throughout allow women to transform insight into action, applying the wisdom to their own work and lives.

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Are You Ready to Own Your Authority?

Develop resilience, present with authority, gain financial literacy, and manage
in every direction.

Find and speak with your unique voice and claim your personal power by drawing on the strengths you’ve carried inside you all along.

Learn how to discern a call or deep desire, how to work collaboratively with other women, and how to be a savvy operator within male hierarchies.

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About Ellen

Ellen Snee has been at the forefront of women’s leadership for more than 25 years. Dr. Snee brings strategy, research and executive experience to global companies and their top female talent. Her original research at Harvard University on women’s experience in roles of authority formed the foundation of her coaching work with Fortune 500 companies such as Cisco, Goodyear, Marriott, Pfizer and Schwab.

As the Global VP of Leadership Development at VMware, she launched VMwomen, a business initiative designed to develop, advance and retain talented women. Her new book Lead: How Women in Charge Claim Their Authority brings her wisdom and experience to all women seeking to accelerate their careers.

The Work

Even the smartest, strongest women leaders can benefit from a strategic thought partner — someone who helps her keep her eye on her own career as well as the business she runs. Ellen helps women develop confidence in their competence, locating the courage to lead with authority.

Working with Ellen, they learn to quickly recognize what they already know, leverage the right relationships to advance their careers, and navigate the structures and systems that impact their lives and work.

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Speaking and Media Appearances

Whether addressing corporate executives or female founders, Ellen’s talks are accessible, instructive, and empowering road maps to finding external success. Through clearly defined frameworks, resonant stories, and actionable insights, Ellen enables audiences to accelerate their journey to the future they desire.


How to Restore Female Talent Lost During the Pandemic to the Workforce

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A year ago, shortly after the pandemic had begun, a colleague suggested, “At last we will get to work from home … not the ideal way but companies will see how this is so much better for women.”

I disagreed.

Since we are both named Ellen we offered to do a program for an organization we both belong to: Ellen versus Ellen. But before the event was scheduled, the stories began to emerge about what working from home under pandemic lockdown was really like. It was not the benefit my friend had envisioned and it was much worse than I had anticipated. For working women with children, especially younger children it would prove to be incredibly damaging to their care… Read More

Wendy York

“Lead should be required reading for all women in business school and for those who want to name and claim their authority when exercising leadership. The power of female leaders is undeniable, and this book is an important resource for helping women seize their power.”

Wendy York | Dean, Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business
Yanbing Li

“Ellen as a coach and a friend has had a transformative impact on my career. Reading Lead is a little like having Ellen as a personal coach by your side, cheering on your efforts, sharing candid career stories you can relate to, and providing thoughtful end-of-chapter exercises that help you to apply the information to your specific career challenges and goals.”

Yanbing Li | PhD, Senior VP of Engineering, Aurora
Julie Abrams How Women Lead

“With Lead, Ellen Snee gives us a blueprint for leading and living in our power and influence by working with our inherent authority. Her coaching expertise shines through every page of this book, which is bound to help many women build a brighter future for themselves.”

Julie Abrams | Founder & CEO How Women Lead, GP How Women Invest
Lysa Siamas

“A few weeks ago I hosted an intimate gathering for a group of women leaders with Ellen Snee as the featured speaker. I am still receiving phone calls, emails and texts regarding Ellen’s presentation from the women who attended. We were all enthralled by her fascinating stories. research, expertise and she left us wanting more. The ease with which she spoke and her genuine desire to help other women succeed was evident. What I found the most captivating about Ellen was her warmth and insight, I felt like I had the best life coaching session ever! I cannot wait to see her again.”

Lysa Siamas | MFT
Denise Brosseau

“If you are ready to build your authority and use your power to effect change within your organization, this book is a must-read! Snee’s wisdom, depth of experience, and commitment to women leaders shine through on every page. I recommend it highly.”

Denise Brosseau | CEO, Thought Leadership Lab
Homa Bahrami

“Lead is a distillation of insights, stories and suggested actions steps, based on Dr. Snee’s conversations and coaching experience with women executives. It integrates her field research and work experiences as a nun, an entrepreneur, an executive, and a coach, a must read for women leaders.”

Homa Bahrami | Professor, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley
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