The Closer, Book #1 of the Ceiling Smasher Series, introduces us to Vivien Lee who is fighting to succeed in the male dominated sports industry with the help of her Ceiling Smasher friends, Andi, Grace, Sofia. Vivien’s best friend from college, Coop, is also a key supporter of her endeavors.
Smashers Synched, Book #2, reveals the stories of Andi, Grace, Sofia and Coop while Vivien is undertaking her journey in The Closer. Andi, a high powered private banker, struggles to deal with a new and predatory boss- will she shift into a new career? Grace, on a hiatus from her Burberry CMO role, is writing a branding book and yearning to become a CEO- can she make it happen? Sofia, a financial news reporter for CNBC, comes up with a great idea for a new show- can she work with a prickly co-anchor and make the show a success? Coop, a forensic accountant, is striving for a partner role in his firm- faced with a moral dilemma that is career ending what path will he choose?
Smashers Synched follows the wild ride of these four characters- their struggles, triumphs, tough decisions, and the mettle they exhibit along the way.
"The Closer is an inspiring and fun take on women in business, with plenty of ceiling smashing along the way.
Shaz Kahng's fast-paced, sports-focused The Closer is timely and refreshing, a novel that exposes the difficulties that women face in industries that are dominated by men.
Vivien Lee is a thoroughly likeable lead...even faced with manipulation and outright lies, Vivien typically picks the higher road, following her dad's advice: Be great and be good. Still, she isn't a saint; she occasionally loses her temper, plays into the game, or even takes revenge.
The story takes some inspiring turns, including Vivien's participation in a Wharton-founded secret club, the Ceiling Smashers, which functions as a place to maintain alliances with other women in business. Anecdotes about women's experiences at those meetings read as realistic and give credence to the bonds of sisterhood highlighted throughout. Sports analogies, jargon, and quotes are used throughout, giving the story a unique, entertaining quality."
Sometimes the best man for a job is a strong woman.
In the first book in her Ceiling Smasher series focusing on positive powerful female leaders, senior executive Shaz Kahng fictionalizes her decades of top business experience to create a thrilling story of the first female CEO in the sports industry. Kahng’s vast experience working in male-dominated boardrooms enables her to provide a behind the scenes look at what it’s like to work in the sports sector as a woman and what it takes to shatter the glass ceiling.
In The Closer, we meet Vivien Lee who has spent her entire consulting career helping CEOs look good. When she finally has the chance to go after her dream of running a business, she grabs it. A lifelong athlete, Vivien arrives at the Smart Sports campus in Portland, Oregon and is introduced as the first female president over the women’s apparel business. It’s one of the highest-profile jobs in an industry inhospitable to women. Principled but slightly naïve, Vivien believes her male peers will give her a fair shot.
Vivien stumbles early on, making a series of rookie mistakes. With guidance from the Ceiling Smashers, a secret society of successful professional women, Vivien learns to navigate the treacherous business terrain. A tight-knit group of male sports executives is determined to show that an industry outsider cannot prevail. The challenge is all too clear: will Vivien triumph in the sports industry against impossible odds?
The Closer is a fresh, riveting tale about a strong woman endeavoring to succeed with smarts, scruples, and style. Fans of Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In will love this book for its strong, talented, and likeable female characters and the supportive environment they foster through their secret society, the Ceiling Smashers. The Closer sends a message of hope and positivity to all workingwomen out there striving to achieve more.
Shaz Kahng August 23, 2017
ISBN-13: 9780998656601 | ISBN-10: 0998656607
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