Stacie Nevadomski Berdan is co-author with C. Perry Yeatman of Get Ahead By Going Abroad: A Woman’s Guide to Fast-Track Career Success and the forthcoming GO GLOBAL! A Student's Guide to Launching an International Career. She became a vice president at Burson-Marsteller, a leading global PR firm, at the age of 27. She later jumped from vice president to global account managing director after a three-year stint in Asia. By age 34, she was leading the company’s fourth-largest revenue-generating client and was named partner – in the top one percent of her peers. Today, Berdan is a successful author and consultant focusing on the benefits of feminine leadership and the changing role of women managers within the context of an increasingly global marketplace. She is a sought-after speaker around the world, bringing fresh ideas to a company’s leadership initiatives and business management strategy. Recent speaking clients include Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, HSBC, Amdochs, George Washington University, and Florida Atlantic University. Berdan can be booked individually or jointly with co-author Yeatman (see Yeatman’s full bio on this site).
Berdan’s numerous broadcast appearances include NBC Weekend Today, ABC News Money Matters, CNN International, the Forbes network, several FOX appearances, including International and “Money for Breakfast”, and national and syndicated radio. In addition, Stacie has been quoted and her book has been featured in USA Today, Time, the Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Fortune.com, Forbes.com and MORE magazine, among numerous others. Her recent articles about China and the Olympics have been published in the Huffington Post, Greentree Gazette, and Hartford Courant.
In the ground-breaking Get Ahead by Going Abroad, Berdan and Yeatman show that as companies expand their international operations, smart women who are prepared to “go global” by pursuing opportunities overseas can dramatically accelerate their careers, enjoying high-profile projects, bigger promotions, and impressive financial rewards.
Since women still face major obstacles breaking into senior ranks (according to a recent Catalyst census survey, it can take women 40 years to reach parity with men in corporate officer ranks), overseas experience is one of the best ways to fast track their careers and catapult them to success.
Berdan and Yeatman, who dramatically accelerated their own careers in this fashion, reveal the important career opportunity this trend poses for women. They share useful anecdotes from their own and others’ experience and provide the go-to resource for women – single or married – at every level: young professionals seeking to break out from the pack, mid-career women interested in new challenges with increased responsibility, or senior executives in pursuit of positions in executive management. They give successful strategies on how to land the assignment, succeed in the job, and enjoylife abroad.
Berdan spent the majority of her career at Burson-Marsteller, one of the world’s leading global communications firms, rising from entry level to senior management, and was one of its chief strategists. After her tenure at Burson-Marsteller, she went “in house” at Unilever, one of the world’s largest consumer products companies. During her 15-year career, she counseled dozens of senior executives at the world’s leading companies, internationally-acclaimed non-profit organizations, and several foreign governments in the area of strategic business communication. It was her three years in Hong Kong, however, that gave her the opportunity to effectively differentiate and distinguish herself as she began counseling senior executives mid-career. She excelled and returned to Washington, D.C., with greater responsibility, jumping from vice-president to global account managing director. Her professional responsibilities have spanned more than 50 countries in Asia-Pacific, Europe and Latin America.
Berdan has served as coach, counselor, strategist and adviser to CEOs, heads of state, politicians and senior executives around the world. Her cross-cultural consulting experiences enable her to work well with a diverse mixture of professionals across industry, seniority level, nationality, and gender. She brings a unique perspective to the table as a female leader with international experience in these dynamic times.
Berdan received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida Atlantic University in 1988 and completed a graduate course there in 1991. She lives in Weston, Connecticut, with her husband and twin daughters.
Praise for Stacie Nevadomski Berdan
“Stacie provides personal experiences coupled with market data on the opportunities and challenges that can be faced by those interested in Get Ahead by Going Abroad. In today’s global economic climate Stacie provides compelling anecdotes as to why going abroad can provide the necessary stepping stones for advancing your career. She addresses concerns that translate across all corporate levels. Stacie highlighted steps that both men and women should consider. A fabulous presentation and book that’s ‘a must read’.”
– Credit Suisse
“I recently had the opportunity to hear Stacie Berdan present to the Executive Women of Goizueta…. Her passion and personal style captivated the audience.”
– Tara Whitehead, VP, Amdocs Consulting Division, Amdocs
“...an excellent presentation”
– Phyllis Fryzel, YWCA Greenwich Center for Women's Leadership
“Stacie N. Berdan demonstrates that preparation, positioning, patience and perseverance are the essential ingredients to success in business for today’s woman and man in business….As a speaker, Stacie is captivating, provocative, and witty. She energizes audiences, compelling them to become more proactive in accomplishing their career and personal goals.”
– Neuman F. Pollack, Ph.D., Director of Executive Relations and Professor, Barry Kaye College of Business, Florida Atlantic University
“Berdan captures the excitement, challenge, and opportunity of an overseas assignment and how it can accelerate the career of a woman in business…with the insight of personal experience and the benefit of extensive interviews with other women who have leveraged international experience for career success”
– Chad Holliday, Chairman & CEO, DuPont
“Stacie Berdan was by FAR our best speaker and all of us thought she were great. She was very inspirational and a great example.”
– Melissa Lee, Florida Atlantic University, Director, Broward Student Wellness Center
Praise for Get Ahead by Getting Abroad
“The book, a down-to-earth, step-by-step guide to getting and keeping a job in a foreign market, is a must-read for anyone who is serious about going global.”
– Anne Fisher, FORTUNE
“Yeatman and Berdan combined their experiences with those of dozens of other women to offer thorough advice ranging from how to get an overseas job to dealing with culture shock and paperwork. ...What's most captivating about the book are the personal anecdotes.”
– Michelle Archer, USA Today
“Fun and informative. A must-read for all women who aspire to have exciting international careers.”
– Irene B. Rosenfeld, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Kraft Foods
“Get Ahead by Going Abroad is a ‘must-read’ for all women who aspire to climb the corporate ladder. It’s a first-hand account of challenges women face in today’s expanding global economy and how they were overcome. An amalgamation of both serious and hilarious real-life experiences, need-to-know advice, and easy reading – just the book for the working woman who wants to get ahead in business.”
– Harold Burson, Founding Chairman, Burson-Marsteller
“This well-researched book confirms what many of us have come to suspect. Women executives with overseas experience have a far greater chance of accelerated advancement than their stay-at-home sisters.”
– Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO, WPP
“It was a great pleasure to have [Stacie] at Burson-Marsteller Regional Headquarters in Miami, Florida to share with our professionals the highlights of [her] book, Get Ahead By Going Abroad: A Woman’s Guide to Fast-Track Career Success, as well as [her] rich experiences working around the world. [Stacie’s] passion for the topic and advice shared from [her] own and the collective insight of so many successful women around the world inspired us all. We were delighted to have [her] and look forward to having [her] back again soon to share in [her] next endeavor.”
–Claudia Gioia, Managing Director, Burson-Marsteller Latin America
“Stacie provides personal experiences coupled with market data on the opportunities and challenges that can be faced by those interested in Get Ahead by Going Abroad. In today's global economic climate Stacie provides compelling anecdotes as to why going abroad can provide the necessary stepping stones for advancing your career. She addresses concerns that translate across all corporate levels. Although the presentation was geared towards women, Stacie highlighted steps that both men and women should consider. A fabulous presentation and book that’s ‘a must read.’”
–Donatina Trotter, Credit Suisse