As a newswoman with over a decade of experience covering the world’s biggest stories, Claire Shipman has been on the front line of both domestic and global events, and the changing nature of women in the workplace. Before turning to writing, Claire spent fourteen years as a regular contributor to Good Morning America and other national broadcasts for ABC News. Prior to that, she served as the White House correspondent for NBC News. She also worked for CNN for a decade, covering the White House, and was posted in Moscow for five years. Her coverage helped CNN win a Peabody Award. She also received a DuPont Award and an Emmy Award for coverage of the 1989 Tiananmen Square student uprising. Shipman is the co-author of three books with BBC World News America Washington correspondent Katty Kay including The Confidence Code (HarperBusiness), The Confidence Code for Girls (HarperCollins), as well as bestselling Womenomics: Write Your Own Rules for Success (HarperBusiness).
Throughout The Confidence Code, Shipman and Kay investigate why-in a world in which women are better educated, more naturally-suited to today’s workplace, and well-qualified to do anything they want-one of the only things holding them back is a lack of self-belief. By examining cutting-edge research, sharing their own and other notable women’s stories (including those from the world of politics, media, and business), and providing practical principles, Shipman and Kay do more than merely admonish women to “lean in” to their careers. Rather, they give them the inspiration and the tools to close the gap between insecurity and fulfillment.
In Womenomics, they define the 4-Hour workweek for women: a guide that shows professional women how they can work and have time for kids, elderly parents, or that marathon they've always wanted to run. They marshal the evidence to show how women's management style is ideally suited to the new business world, resulting in more profitable companies with happier employees. They also show how women can use this power to get what they really want - more time and freedom in their jobs without falling off the professional ladder. Most women will happily trade some responsibility and some cash for more time - that's the new currency. Both positive and practical, Womenomics shows women how to redefine success, be more productive, say no, and find jobs that don't require an all-or-nothing lifestyle. Shipman and Kay give personal accounts from their own lives - the mistakes as well as the triumphs - and they share the stories of women around the country who have carved out great work-life scenarios. Above all they stay positive, encouraging, and humorous. They describe new economic and workplace trends - collectively, womenomics - that afford this generation of women more professional and personal choices than ever before.
Shipman studied Russian at Columbia College and earned a master’s degree from the School of International Affairs there. She’s now a member of Columbia’s board of trustees. She lives in Washington, DC, with her husband, son, daughter, and a pack of dogs.
Praise for Shipman's and Kay's Womenomics Talk:
"Their use of statistics and economic rationale was right on for today's times. Very, very good."
"They were excellent - and very real! It was great to see media reps that didn't have to appear perfect to the world."
"Very informative and enjoyable."
"Great speakers; definitely worth my time"
"Katty and Claire were great and I loved that they gave perspectives on being a working mother."
"Very energizing presentation."
"I really enjoyed listening to their stories and experiences. I look forward to reading the book."
"I thought that they were great - not only did they present provocative and inspiring ideas, but they were fun and engaging!" — Audience Members of the Forum of Executive Women, Philadelphia
Praise for The Confidence Code:
“Kay and Shipman shine a perceptive light on the crucial role that confidence plays in the ability of women to succeed. They offer women practical advice and the vision of a more hopeful future.” — Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, and author of Lean In
“The Confidence Code belongs in the bagof every woman in America. It combines groundbreaking scientific research and firsthand accounts from the world’s most powerful woman.” — Joanna Coles, Editor-in-Chief, Cosmopolitan
“How do we make the most of our talents, skills, and interests? This book demonstrates that it’s not enough to know what we’re doing; our confidence is a key factor in our success. Fascinating reading for every woman who wants to take her life to the next level." — Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project
“Kay and Shipman provide a great blueprint for raising daughters….All of this research, as well as the authors’ own recounting of experiences with doubt in their professional lives, effectively builds into a comprehensive set of ingredients for the confident woman.” — Publishers Weekly
Praise for Womenomics:
"A personal, provocative and challenging book for career women who want less guilt, more life." — Diane Sawyer
"Womenomics describes the workplace trend that finally makes it possible for women to be successful and sane at the same time. And happily, it's a recession-friendly formula." — Tina Brown, founder, The Daily Beast
"Womenomics makes a compelling statement about the financial impact women can have in the workplace and offers valuable ideas for capitalizing on this trend, even in this economic climate." — Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook
"Shipman and Kay have issued a rallying cry for women that is also a wake-up call for men. Our wives, daughters, sisters, and mothers are reshaping business as we know it. And that can make us all better off." — Daniel H. Pink, author of A Whole New Mind
"Without wasted words, Shipman and Kay provide practical suggestions for how you can take charge of your career with courage and confidence." — Lois P. Frankel, Ph.D., author of Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office
"Buy a copy of Womenomics for yourself, your best friend, your daughter, your star employee, and even your boss." — Cathie Black, president, Hearst Magazines and author of Basic Black
"Employers should be listening to what talented women want and use this book to hold up their end of the bargain, so that the best and brightest can have both a job and a life." — Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Ernest L. Arbuckle Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School, and author of Confidence