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Authors: Jeffrey Pfeffer
Published by: Stanford Business School
Originally published in: 2020
Version: 3 December 2020
Revision date: 02-Mar-2021
Length: 14 pages
Data source: Field research

Abstract

For most of her career, Lucinda Stewart was a woman working in contexts-investment banking private equity, venture capital-largely dominated by men. Nonetheless, Stewart had been able, virtually from the beginning of her career, to obtain allies and mentors and, as a consequence, accelerate her career progress (eg, she was a VC partner in her late 20s). The case describes Stewart's life, upbringing, and career trajectory, with a focus on the personal qualities / attributes and strategies she has used to attract allies and supporters. Attracting supporters is something crucial to building power, because allies are crucial for getting things done.

Time period

The events covered by this case took place in 2020.

Geographical setting

Region:
Americas
Country:
United States
Location:
Seattle, Washington, New York City, Chicago, Illinois

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Abstract

For most of her career, Lucinda Stewart was a woman working in contexts-investment banking private equity, venture capital-largely dominated by men. Nonetheless, Stewart had been able, virtually from the beginning of her career, to obtain allies and mentors and, as a consequence, accelerate her career progress (eg, she was a VC partner in her late 20s). The case describes Stewart's life, upbringing, and career trajectory, with a focus on the personal qualities / attributes and strategies she has used to attract allies and supporters. Attracting supporters is something crucial to building power, because allies are crucial for getting things done.

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Time period

The events covered by this case took place in 2020.

Geographical setting

Region:
Americas
Country:
United States
Location:
Seattle, Washington, New York City, Chicago, Illinois

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