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The Truth Behind Her Title: One High-Achieving Woman’s Candid Story Of Depression, Suicide Attempts, And Hope

First appeared June 10, 2015

For many years I have been thinking about corporate and professional women – the increasingly difficult paths we have forged for ourselves by “leaning in” just a bit too far at times. The seeming lack of open, honest support structures. Having my own personal struggles with an often-stigmatized illness over 20 years of my career – and never feeling safe about speaking up about it – got me thinking that there had to be a way to create a conversation, a discussion for women, especially senior executive women, to find hope by hearing other women’s stories of adversity while holding prestigious and coveted titles and positions. I wanted to pull back the curtain of shame and embarrassment that some of us feel from these struggles. I wanted to make it ok. I wanted other women to not feel so alone as I had when I was suffering the worst of my illness and there was no one coming forward for me to relate to. How do you keep climbing the proverbial ladder when something so dark and difficult seems to be enveloping your life?

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