The Mirrored Door: Break Through the Hidden Barrier That Locks Successful Women in Place


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$18.95  $17.62
Page Two Books, Inc.
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5.51 X 10.0 X 0.71 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Ellen Taaffe is an expert in women's corporate leadership strategies. With 25 years in Fortune 500 brand management and now on the Clinical Faculty and as Director of the Women's Leadership Program at the Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University, Taaffe uses her vast experience to help women understand and navigate through internal and external obstacles to create the careers they desire.


"This incisive, inviting guidebook surveys the challenges high-achieving women face in the workplace and shares fresh advice for navigating obstacles both inner and outer... With welcome nuance about the complexities and varieties of workplace experiences, Taaffe lays out techniques for women to knock at [the mirrored] door rather than wait to be invited in... Throughout, Taaffe blends striking insights... with inspiration, practical takeaways, and engaging storytelling."
Publishers Weekly, Booklife Editor's Pick

"The Mirrored Door is an insightful self-help book that exposes, and enables pushing past, the particular barriers that women in business face."

"Taaffe blends research, professional expertise, and personal experience in a concise examination of women's self-doubt in the workplace."
Kirkus Reviews

"Ellen Connelly Taaffe's image of the 'mirrored door' brilliantly and accurately describes women's tendency to second-guess themselves when they bump up against barriers at work. Gazing into that mirror and asking, 'Is it me?' can paralyze us and make it difficult to take action. Ellen's work is a powerful corrective to the endless focus on 'imposter syndrome, ' which pathologizes self-doubt rather than offering a path forward. In this wise and humane book, she shows how women can address the internal barriers most likely to hold them back. Highly recommended!"
Sally Helgesen, bestselling author of How Women Rise, Rising Together, and The Female Advantage

"The Mirrored Door is an inspiring guide for women looking to advance in their careers. Ellen Connelly Taaffe outlines the external and internal biases that lead to women getting stuck in their jobs. Through engaging stories, she offers frameworks and advice on how to move past these obstacles and create the future we all want."
Deepa Purushothaman, author of The First, the Few, the Only

"The Mirrored Door is a must-read for career-minded women who aspire to more. Ellen Connelly Taaffe connects insightful research, shares engaging stories, and thoughtfully reveals what might have once worked but could now be in the way. This book informs and inspires women to take charge of their careers."
Dorie Clark, Wall Street Journal-bestselling author of The Long Game

"The Mirrored Door is the book that every female leader--of all ages and stages--needs to read. If you have ever struggled in your career, this book will provide you with valuable insights to identify and overcome the challenges that are preventing you from achieving the success that you want. Ellen Connelly Taaffe is a kind, wise mentor who provides you with the road map you need to create the future you want. I wish I had this book when I started my career."
Tricia Montalvo Timm, board director, former general counsel at Looker, and author of Embrace the Power of You

"The Mirrored Door is a terrific primer for career-oriented women to create their own successful path, navigating through the systemic biases that women face in today's workplace. It's a compelling blueprint by former business executive and current professor, Ellen Connelly Taaffe."
Carter Cast, clinical professor of entrepreneurship at the Kellogg School of Management and author of The Right--and Wrong--Stuff

"Be the protagonista! That's what practitioner-turned-professor Ellen Connelly Taaffe teaches women (and any leader who wants to sponsor women) how to do with her splendid storytelling and actionable advice. Ellen describes herself as the 'professor full of doubt, ' but there's no doubt about this book: if you want to shatter the glass ceiling, you'll open The Mirrored Door. This book belongs alongside Sally Helgesen's How Women Rise--welcome to the canon of literature sure to inspire the next generation of women leaders."
Whitney Johnson, CEO of Disruption Advisors and Wall Street Journal--bestselling author of Smart Growth

"Ellen Connelly Taaffe cleverly focuses on the one thing any woman can do to power her career: burst through the self-created 'mirrored door' that often holds us back. This book is a compelling manual for banishing self-doubt and grabbing your desired and deserved future!"
Gena Cox, PhD, executive coach, speaker, and author of Leading Inclusion

"Ellen Connelly Taaffe brings a depth of knowledge and breadth of personal experience to every page. All women, regardless of career stage, will see themselves more clearly and be better equipped to step through the 'mirrored door' after reading this book."
Laurie Weingart, coauthor of The No Club

"While women often say they experience self-doubt and imposter syndrome, Ellen Connelly Taaffe's excellent book points out that the system--through ingrained biases and outdated work practices--is designed to make us feel that way. She offers ways that each of us can pivot our thinking away from self-blame, and, through a series of journal prompts, gives readers a chance to reflect on how they can have a healthier relationship to work and achievement."
Sarah Kaplan, director of the Institute for Gender and the Economy (GATE) at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management

"The Mirrored Door opens up the conversation for all women who are seeking to grow professionally and personally, no matter their stage in life. Ellen Connelly Taaffe generously shares her life and professional experiences while weaving in research-based evidence and the stories of women who navigated male-dominated corporate cultures while discovering their own gender biases that are so deeply ingrained in each of us. This book is an enlightening and practical guide for all women who seek to leverage their talents and power--and make a difference wherever they land."
Tammy Gooler Loeb, award-winning author of Work from the Inside Out

"The Mirrored Door is like having a caring, wise mentor show you the ropes of how to navigate the workplace and take charge of your own career and life. I wish it had been around for me to read at several different points in my career."
Anne Lester, former managing director of JPMorgan Asset Management, board director, speaker, and author of Your Best Financial Life

"If you lead women or are a woman, you must read The Mirrored Door. Ellen Connelly Taaffe has brilliantly written an inspiring, yet practical leadership book that is sure to become a go-to guide for aspiring and experienced career women and their allies. Through storytelling, research, and personal experience, she reveals what holds women back and what we can do about it. I wish I had it earlier in my career. Highly recommend!"
Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, vice chair of external affairs at Royal Caribbean Group, former CEO of Celebrity Cruises, board director, and author of Making Waves