Unapologetically Ambitious

Take Risks, Break Barriers, and Create Success on Your Own Terms

By: Shellye Archambeau

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Shellye gets a call from Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam. He has an opportunity that will fulfill Shellye's life goals.
Shellye details her childhood growing up all over the country, learning invaluable lessons from her parents and teachers.
Shellye starts her career at IBM while studying at Wharton. Meanwhile, she also finds romance.
Shellye and Scotty try to integrate parenthood with career demands.
Shellye takes an IBM position that brings her — and the whole family — to Japan. Kheaton and Kethlyn discuss difficulties they had growing up with an executive mom.
Shellye heads to Silicon Valley and becomes CEO of a very challenged company, despite the advice of her former boss Ben Horowitz.
Shellye explains how she builds her network and pays it forward to her mentees.
A step-by-step on how Shellye planned her life
After facing a profound loss, Shellye discusses her future.

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Length: 4 min

Shellye gets a call from Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam. He has an opportunity that will fulfill Shellye's life goals.

Length: 8 min

Shellye details her childhood growing up all over the country, learning invaluable lessons from her parents and teachers.

Length: 8 min

Shellye starts her career at IBM while studying at Wharton. Meanwhile, she also finds romance.

Length: 7 min

Shellye and Scotty try to integrate parenthood with career demands.

Length: 6 min

Shellye takes an IBM position that brings her — and the whole family — to Japan. Kheaton and Kethlyn discuss difficulties they had growing up with an executive mom.

Length: 5 min

Shellye heads to Silicon Valley and becomes CEO of a very challenged company, despite the advice of her former boss Ben Horowitz.

Length: 10 min

Shellye explains how she builds her network and pays it forward to her mentees.

Length: -4 min

A step-by-step on how Shellye planned her life

Length: 9 min

After facing a profound loss, Shellye discusses her future.

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*Named a Best Business Book of 2020 by Fortune and Bloomberg* Full of empowering wisdom from one of Silicon Valley's first female African American CEOs, this inspiring leadership book offers a blueprint for how to achieve your personal and professional goals. Shellye Archambeau recounts how she overcame the challenges she faced as a young black woman, wife, and mother, managing her personal and professional responsibilities while climbing the ranks at IBM and subsequently in her roles as CEO. Through the busts and booms of Silicon Valley in the early 2000s, this bold and inspiring book details the risks she took and the strategies she engaged to steer her family, her career, and her company MetricStream toward success. Through her journey, Shellye discovered that ambition alone is not enough to achieve success. Here, she shares the practical strategies, tools, and approaches readers can employ right now, including concrete steps to most effectively: -Dismantle imposter syndrome. -Capitalize on the power of planning -Take risks -Develop financial literacy -Build your network -Establish your reputation -Take charge of your career -Integrate work, marriage, parenthood, and self-care. Each chapter lays out key takeaways and actions to increase the odds of achieving your personal and professional goals. With relatable personal stories that ground her advice in the real world and a foreword by leading venture capitalist and New York Times bestselling author Ben Horowitz, Unapologetically Ambitious invites readers to move beyond the solely supportive roles others expect them to fill, to learn how to carefully tread the thin line between assertive and aggressive, and to give themselves permission to strive for the top. Make no apologies for the height of your ambitions. Shellye Archambeau will show you how.

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Shellye Archambeau

One of high tech's first female African American executives, Shellye Archambeau is an experienced CEO and Board Director with a track record of accomplishments building brands, high performance teams, and organizations. Ms. Archambeau currently serves on the boards of Verizon [NYSE:VZ], Nordstrom [NYSE: JWN], Roper Technologies [NYSE: ROP], and Okta [NASDAQ: OKTA]. She is also a strategic advisor to the Royal Bank of Canada, Capital Markets Group.She is the former CEO of MetricStream, a Silicon Valley-based, governance, risk, and compliance software company that enables corporations to improve their business operations through better risk management across the enterprise. Ms. Archambeau built the company into a global market leader with over 1200 employees serving customers around the world. Under her leadership, MetricStream was recognized for growth and innovation over the years and was named in the top 10 of the “Deloitte Technology Fast 50” and named a global leader in GRC by leading independent analyst firms for 9 consecutive years. Ms. Archambeau has over 30 years of experience in technology leading organizations focused on business-to-business, as well as business-to-consumer. She is a recognized expert in marketing and co-authored 'Marketing That Works: How Entrepreneurial Marketing Can Add Sustainable Profits to Any Sized Company.' She has held EVP of Sales and Chief Marketing Officer roles for two public companies and as President of Blockbuster.com, launched the entertainment retailer’s first online presence. She was named the second most influential African American in IT by Business Insider in 2013. In 2015, she was ranked one of the “100 Most Influential Business Leaders in America” by Newsmax and that same year received the NCWIT Symons Innovator Award from The National Center for Women & Information Technology. She is the author of 'Unapologetically Ambitious: Take Risks, Break Barriers and Create Success on Your Own Terms,' a book that will help professionals achieve their aspirations and create the life they want and which has received endorsements from luminaries including John Thompson (chairman of Microsoft), Reid Hoffman (co-founder of LinkedIn), Sheryl Sandberg (COO of Meta), Thasunda Brown Duckett (CEO of Chase Consumer Banking) and more. Shellye is also a sought-after speaker on governance, risk and compliance as well as marketing and entrepreneurship. She has guest lectured at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and The Wharton School of Business. She has been featured or referenced in major publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes and the Financial Times. In her spare time Shellye enjoys exercising, the performing arts, entertaining and cooking.

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