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‘Confidence Gap’ Prime Factor in Women’s Career Success Disparity

"‘Confidence Gap’ Prime Factor in Women's Career Success Disparity "Preeminent U.S. women’s leadership authority, Grace Killelea, cites ‘grievous gap between competence and confidence’ as a key culprit in marginalization of professional women, among others; Expert available for interviews and editorials on range of topics (listed herein) to help turn high-potential female professionals into high-impact leaders

In business, there is an ugly yet undeniable truth: every single day, talented, hardworking and deserving women are passed over for promotions. While it’s easy to blame a corporate culture that favors men, esteemed executive coach, consultant and keynote speaker, Grace Killelea—author of the highly anticipated title, “The Confidence Effect: Every Woman’s Guide to the Attitude That Attracts Success” (January 2016, AMACOM), identifies a different personal accountability-driven culprit: a shockingly prevalent and grievous disparity in confidence. While men are prone to overestimate their abilities, all too often women sell themselves short and needlessly languish in marginalized careers.

“Realizing a high level of achievement requires women to speak out, take risks and assume leadership positions with perceptible self-assurance, but too many otherwise qualified women are not living up to their full potential,” Killelea urges.  This is an astonishingly widespread phenomenon resulting in egregious opportunity loss for the individual, the organization and ultimately the U.S. economy at large.  Aspiring women must become the CEO’s of their own career. To do this, they need to become more inherently confident with the kind of authenticity that will get them noticed and take their careers to new heights.”

To help success-minded women connect their competence to confidence and gain the professional achievement they deserve, Killelea, Founder and CEO of Half The Sky Leadership Institute (full bio below), is available for highly insightful interviews and editorial bylines imparting her powerful advice and keen perspectives on success, leadership, development and “personal branding”—the kind that motivates people to break through both professional and personal barriers. Discussion topics can include, but are not limited to, the following:

Women in business:

  • 5 keys for cultivating an executive presence
  • Strategies for building your IPO (information, power and opportunity)
  • 3 things courageous leaders do
  • Ways to verbalize self-confidence and exuding executive presence
  • Social setbacks: the downside of “nice”
  • The secret to building circles of influence
  • Worthiness woes: smart enough, good enough and other confidence crushers
  • 3 reasons to seize opportunities you normally avoid
  • 5 data points that can be used to your advantage


With more than 35 years of corporate human resources and talent development experience and over 20 years of experience coaching and mentoring high level professionals, Grace Killelea has cultivated hundreds and spoken before thousands of executives and other aspiring professionals to help them transform “from good to great.”  As the Founder and CEO of  Half The Sky Leadership Institute, which helps women in leadership roles strengthen their business acumen and executive presence, in tandem with her concurrent work as a consultant, coach and high-demand keynote speaker, Killelea imparts her unique insights and perspective on leadership, development and “personal branding” to motivate people to move beyond personal and professional barriers and live their best lives.

Killelea’s new book, “The Confidence Effect: Every Woman’s Guide to the Attitude That Attracts Success”—one of 2016’s most anticipated books on women in business—is currently available for pre-order on Amazon.com.

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