News Release


By Melanne Verveer and Kim K. Azzarelli
With a foreword by Hillary Rodham Clinton

Learn how some of the world’s most inspiring women are using their growing economic power to create success and meaning in their lives while building a better world.

Important conversations about leaning in, work/life balance and empowering women and girls around the world have energized a generation of women. FAST FORWARD: How Women Can Achieve Power and Purpose (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; On-Sale: October 6, 2015), by two women leaders whose experience spans corporate America, public service, and global diplomacy, shows women how to take the next step.

Written by former Ambassador at Large for Global Women’s Issues, Melanne Verveer, and business leader and lawyer, Kim Azzarelli, FAST FORWARD shows women how to accelerate their growing economic power and combine it with purpose to find both success and meaning in their lives while creating a better world.

Based on interviews with more than 70 trailblazing women, FAST FORWARD combines hard data with personal stories from icons­ such as IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, and actress America Ferrera, as well as experiences from lesser known heroes, to provide not only inspiration but a practical, hands-on toolkit to help women know their own power; find their purpose in life; and connect with others to achieve their personal goals.

With eye-opening data from sources in sociology, economics, psychology, business and philosophy—FAST FORWARD demonstrates that women are not only key to creating lasting change, but also critical to economic growth and business success.  FAST FORWARD tells the stories of companies, countries and leaders who recognize that women control the lion’s share of purchasing power and are increasingly key to competitiveness around the world. The age of women’s explosive economic and social power has finally arrived.

The authors are co-founders of Seneca Women, a global women’s leadership community centered on the principle that advancing women and girls can fast forward us to a better world. The mission of Seneca Women is to build a global on and off-line community to connect women with inspiring people, organizations, ideas, opportunities, support and events as well as practical tools for personal and professional development. To seize the moment and join the community, visit:

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