Shellye Archambeau is a true inspiration to women everywhere. Her book Unapologetically Ambitious is a must-read for anyone looking to set and achieve their goals.
A woman of many accomplishments, Shellye has worked for some of the biggest names in technology, including IBM, Blockbuster, and Northpoint Communications. In 2002, Shellye became CEO of MetricStream, a Silicon Valley software company that helps businesses manage their regulatory compliance and risk management programs. As CEO, Shellye became one of a handful of women to lead a tech company in Silicon Valley. Under her leadership, MetricStream grew into a successful company that now serves clients all over the world.
Archambeau’s journey is nothing short of amazing. She knew from a young age that she wanted to be a CEO, and she never let anyone tell her that she couldn’t do it. In fact, her goal was to become CEO of IBM, where her father worked as an engineer. She put many cracks in glass ceilings at IBM, and drew the attention of the venture community, who recruited her to lead MetricStream. Her dedication to hard work and PLANNING for her success are all qualities that we can learn from.
But what makes Archambeau’s story even more inspiring is her unwillingness to make excuses. Something she learned from her parents who experienced many frustrations that might have caused others to simply give up. Instead, she worked harder and smarter and it paid off. Big time.
And Archambeau is not content to just achieve her own goals–she wants to help others achieve theirs too. And that’s what her book, Unapologetically Ambitious is all about.
In the book, Archambeau shares her personal journey and offers advice for women who want to achieve their own life and career goals. This is not your typical dry, boring business book. Archambeau injects plenty of humanity and personality into her writing, making it a fun, easy and engaging read. She’s not afraid to share her own mistakes and missteps along the way, and she encourages readers to learn from them.
There is a saying in Silicon Valley which is to ‘Fail Forward.’ Meaning, it’s OK to make mistakes… as long as you learn from them, pivot quickly and try again. And one of the key takeaways from the book is the importance of having a clear vision for your life and career. Archambeau encourages readers to dream big and not be afraid to set audacious goals. She also emphasizes the importance of perseverance and building strong relationships. She stresses the value of mentors and coaches, and most importantly sponsors.
Sponsors are people who have not only experience and advice, but also power. Archambeau is a true role model for using her position to support organizations that help women succeed in business. If you’re looking for an inspirational and fun read that will leave you feeling empowered and ready to take on the world, Unapologetically Ambitious is for you. Archambeau’s infectious personality and can-do attitude will inspire you to dream big and never apologize for your ambition. Whether you’re just starting out in your career or you’re a seasoned professional, there’s something in this book for everyone.
Shellye Archambeau is proof that anything is possible. So go ahead, dream big. Then go big, with Unapologetically Ambitious as your guide, there’s no limit to what you can achieve!