Sally Helgesen

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Sally Helgesen
BornJuly 1, 1948
EducationBachelor's Degree in English
Alma materMichigan State University

Sally Helgesen (born July 1, 1948) is an American author, speaker and leadership coach.[1][2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Helgesen was born in St. Cloud, Minnesota and grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan.[4] She attended Michigan State University, received her BA degree in English and Classics Hunter College (1973–75) and attended The Graduate Center of the City University of New York.[5]


In 1990, Helgesen published The Female Advantage: Women’s Ways of Leadership, the first book to focus on what women had to contribute as leaders rather than how they needed to change and adapt.[6] The book became a best-seller and has remained continuously in print.[7] In 1995, Helgesen published The Web of Inclusion: A New Architecture for Building Great Organizations, which has been heralded as having introduced the language of inclusion into the work environment.[8] The book was regarded as one of the best books on leadership by The Wall Street Journal.[9]

In 2018, she published How Women Rise with co-author Marshall Goldsmith.[10][2] The book explores 12 habits that get in the way of women's success and how to overcome them.[11] It became an international best-seller.[12] Helgesen regularly delivers keynotes, seminars and workshops for corporations, partnership firms and associations around the world. She has also consulted with the UN on building more inclusive country offices and been visiting scholar at a number of schools and universities, both in the US and abroad.[9]

Awards & Honors[edit]

She is a member of the New York[citation needed] and International Women’s Forums, and the 100 Coaches Network.[13]



  • How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back from Your Next Raise, Promotion or Job (with Marshall Goldsmith)[10]
  • The Female Vision: Women’s Real Power at Work (with Julie Johnson)[10]
  • The Web of Inclusion: A New Architecture for Building Great Organizations[10]
  • Thriving in 24/7: Six Strategies for Taming the New World of Work
  • Everyday Revolutionaries: Working Women and the Transformation of American Life[14]
  • The Female Advantage: Women’s Ways of Leadership[10]
  • Wildcatters: A Story of Texas, Oil and Money[15]

Personal life[edit]

Helgesen lives in Chatham, New York.[16]


  1. ^ Wallace, Debra. "Leadership Expert Sally Helgesen Reveals How to Break the Habits that Are Holding You Back". Parade. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  2. ^ a b Cohn, Alisa. "Premier Women's Leadership Expert Sally Helgesen Teaches Women How To Rise". Forbes. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  3. ^ Duncan, Rodger. "How Women Rise: Choosing Habits That Lift". Forbes. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  4. ^ Ratliffe, Sharon A. (December 1995). Spinning a Web of Inclusion. Natcom. p. 7.
  5. ^ Fisher, James Lee; Koch, James V. (2004). The Entrepreneurial College President. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 9780275981228.
  6. ^ "The Pitfalls & Imperatives of Evaluating Women's Leadership". Physician's Weekly. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  7. ^ "The Female Advantage By SALLY HELGESEN". Penguin Random House. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  8. ^ Daniels, Bisi. "Who is better — male or female boss?". TheCable. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  9. ^ a b "World's Top 30 Leadership Professionals for 2019". Global Gurus. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  10. ^ a b c d e Mehalick, Susan. "Sally Helgesen's 'How Women Rise' hits at the right time". Albany Times Union. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  11. ^ "The summer reading list: Words Worth". New Indian Express. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  12. ^ Galer, Susan. "Five Leadership Lessons For Women: Oh Well, I Made A Mistake". Forbes. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  13. ^ "Women's Leadership Summit - The path to your peak starts here". Women's Leadership Summit NV. Retrieved 2019-11-03.
  14. ^ "[Everyday Revolutionaries: Working Women] |". Retrieved 2019-11-03.
  15. ^ Helgesen, Sally (1981). Wildcatters: a story of Texans, oil, and money. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday. ISBN 9780385146371. OCLC 6861986.
  16. ^ "Biography of Sally Helgesen". All American Speakers. Retrieved 19 October 2019.

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