Focus on Women

Edie Fraseran activist, leader, philanthropist, and woman in business powerhouse is the Chairman of Women Business Collaborative (, a nonprofit created to accelerate equal position, pay, and power for all businesswomen. Edie spent 14 years as MD, Diversified Search, and Founder and CEO of STEMconnector® and Million Women Mentors–with 2.5 million commitments.  She founded Diversity Best Practices. As a consummate entrepreneur, Edie built three companies and several critical movements and received 65 major leadership awards, served on boards, was inducted into the Enterprising Women Hall of Fame and Legacy Award, and received the Mosaic Award from Diversity Woman. She was Chairman of the World Affairs Council of DC and is a Founding and Board member of C200 and leader of Purpose. Founder and CEO of the Public Affairs Group, Edie worked with 250 Fortune companies, advancing best-practice programs.

Andrea “Andi” Simon, Ph.D. is the CEO of Simon Associates Management Consultants (SAMC), a corporate anthropologist, culture change expert, and an explorer at heart. She is the architect of a global thought leadership platform that blends academic perspectives, depth, and breadth of business experience, written work, new media expertise, and proven success in changing corporate cultures and growing businesses. With the release of her 2022 award-winning book under the Fast Company imprint, Rethink: Smashing the Myths of Women in Business, Andi expanded her mission focus to the world of women. She has launched new programs that aim to challenge women to debunk their own personal misconceptions, empower them to overcome long-standing gender biases, and inspire them to achieve their professional and personal best.

About Women Mean Business

Business needs women, and women mean business. This book provides over 500 insights from women you may not have in your own life when you need support. The voices of mentorship fill these pages to help you achieve your personal goals at every stage of your career. This book will help uplift and accelerate your career.

The cast of female leaders and luminaries offering support will help you go where successful women go. Discover how to build circles of influence that impact you personally and your career advancement. Where are you going? Who can help you get there? How can you achieve and embrace the best possible you? How will you mean business?

Whether you want to be a CEO; lead the C-suite; become an entrepreneur, activist, or philanthropist; or blaze a different trail, success should be obtainable for all women. These women personify the best of what we all can be and help elevate other women. They hope to inspire you to write your own story and blaze your own trail. This book encompasses everything women need to know about modern female leadership.

Written by bestselling authors and business experts Edie Fraser, Robyn Spizman, and Andrea Simon, this book includes leaders and luminaries such as:

  • Sheila Johnson, Founder and CEO, Salamander Hotels and Resorts
  • Margo Georgiadis, Serial CEO and Board Leader, McDonald’s and four other boards
  • Lilly Ledbetter, Activist
  • Kay Unger, COO, the Kay Unger Family Foundation
  • Carol Tome, CEO UPS
  • Aster Angagaw, Amazon Executive and former President of ServiceMaster Brands

Women Mean Business® is a registered trademark of NAWBO, as it captures so beautifully the spirit and impact of the organization and women in furthering NAWBO’s mission of propelling women business owners into greater economic, social, and political spheres of power.