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Stiletto Network by Pamela Ryckman

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The Tiger Entrepreneur

Shauna Mei is a rising star who never believed her career would advance through women. She’d recently graduated MIT with a degree in computer science and electrical engineering when she joined Goldman Sachs in 2005 as an analyst in leveraged finance. She figured she’d be competing with the big boys doing semiconductor deals, and initially she wrestled with the staffer who kept placing her, the only female in her group, on fashion deals—or better yet, refinancing tampons and other feminine hygiene products.

Mei didn’t want to be pigeonholed by gender, but after a while she learned to use stereotypes to her advantage. While she prided herself on a detailed understanding of tech, in her downtime from work she loved exploring ...

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