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Stiletto Network by Pamela Ryckman

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California Girls (I Wish They All Could Be . . .)

Valley Girls are old pros at kicking down doors. There, ladies are version 2.0.

“California is the fifth-largest economy in the world. You can’t tell me women can’t make it in a place where Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina have paved the way,” Reed says, referring to the current and past heads of Hewlett-Packard. Meg and Carly may have not linked arms and skipped toward the Emerald City, but other movers and shakers did. Even way back when.

Reed recounts a time she was working in sales and marketing at her second or third start-up and was invited as a friend’s date to Heidi Roizen’s company holiday party. “Heidi was out of school making tons of money when I was a teenager, and I remember walking ...

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