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Celia Swanson is a senior executive leader who spent 25+ years at the world’s largest retailer championing its culture and its people. She is notably recognized as the first female executive vice president at Walmart Inc. breaking the glass ceiling for many women to follow. Her deep expertise in retail, large-scale transformation, company culture and multi-generational workforce engagement serves as the cornerstone of her career legacy.
In addition to her professional career, Celia is known for her community leadership in Northwest Arkansas. She was recently selected by the Northwest Arkansas business community as the 2016 Athena Woman of the Year for her excellence in community service, board leadership and regional impact in Northwest Arkansas. She was also the only leader to receive the top two operations awards from Sam’s Club and Walmart U.S.
Gracious and Strong is an essential guide for facing into adversity and making hard-right decisions that lead to life-changing opportunities.
Celia’s personal stories of her life and career are at the core of this book. She shares practical insights for you to apply to your own leadership journey.
You will learn how to:
More importantly, this book will teach you what it means to adopt a ‘Gracious and Strong’ leadership style that will help you experience a life well led.
TITLE: Gracious and Strong: How to Rise Above the Unexpected Left Turns of Life and Leadership
AUTHOR: Celia Swanson
PUBLISHER: Clovercroft Publishing
DATE OF PUBLICATION: April 2018
RETAIL PRICE: Hardback – $24.95 | Paperback – $14.99
“I was privileged to observe Celia’s leadership style as she clearly understood the value of manifesting her talents through others. Her encouragement to those she interacted with to be all that they could be truly made a difference as a successful leader. She is a great role model for everyone.”
“Gracious and Strong is the perfect title for a book authored by Celia Swanson. Celia graciously instills confidence as a strong leader, no matter the circumstances. In the book, she thoughtfully shares personal experiences from her corporate and philanthropic life and provides broad insight to help others become ‘servant leaders.’ An inspiring read.”
“Celia has decided to share the personal and professional experience she has unselfishly offered to many over the years. As my longtime friend and one who I have worked with professionally during our Walmart careers, I know that you are in for a thoughtful, pragmatic read on leadership and life.”
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The Four Essential Tenets of Rising Above Unexpected Leadership Challenges – Have you ever faced an unexpected left turn on your leadership journey? The kind that completely throws you off and requires you to chart a new course? I certainly have and many of the leaders I coach and work with often experience the same thing. So how you do navigate a situation that seems insurmountable? These four essential tenets will help you rise above whatever leadership challenge comes your way.
The Glass Ceiling is Lower Than We Think: Why Women Are Falling Behind Early and How They Can Gain Powerful Momentum – Research tells us women are falling behind quicker than we might realize. At every subsequent step, the representation of women further declines, and women of color face an even more dramatic drop-off at senior levels. As a result, one in five C-suite leaders is a woman, and fewer than one in thirty is a woman of color. Here, I share the real how women can navigate these challenges in order to gain powerful career momentum. I also share stories and practical insight based on my glass-breaking role as the first female EVP of Walmart Inc.
Mastering the Odds of Disruptive Change – If you’ve ever experienced disruptive change in your career, you know how it feels. Whether it’s a job loss or company acquisition, change can make you feel as though you’ve lost all control. In this topic, I share insight that will help you rise above your most uncertain challenges in life and work and help you make the hard-right decisions to move forward.
Gracious and Strong Leadership Style – The key to effective leadership starts with a gracious and strong mindset. It allows you to lead authentically as a servant leader while building the steadfast resilience needed to face the hardest challenges of leadership. In this topic, I share how to do just that in this essential leadership style topic.
Your Business Strategy is Brilliant, So Why is it Failing? Start with your Company Culture – In today’s world, it’s not enough for a culture to simply be good enough – it must be great, and it must be relevant. In this topic, I share strategies for how to define your core guiding principles, grow your bottom line and achieve personal and professional significance. I even share a few stats and case studies illustrating the do’s and don’ts you’ll want to consider.