Professor. Women's Advocate. Storyteller.

I am a professor in the Doctoral Program for Organizational Leadership at Brandman University, part of the Chapman University System in California.  During my seven years as a professor I have worked with doctoral students to conduct important research on women in leadership.  I have personally spent the last decade studying and researching the effects of confidence and courage on women’s ability to attain power

and influence. I am the author of five books:  The SeXX Factor; Rules of the Game; 92 Tips from the Trenches; and
Don’t Forget Your Sweater, Girl. My newest book,
Don’t Forget Your Lipstick, Girl: Sister to Sister Secrets for Gaining Confidence, Courage, and Power is the culmination

of a 10 year personal study on women and self-confidence.


Here’s the Deal : What do we need to do to finally take a place at the table with our male equals? The answer, I believe is quite simple.  We need to do what men have been doing all along; develop a strong presence in the workplace, throughout our communities and in our personal environments.  Women don’t need to compete with men; rather, we need to emulate what men have done so well throughout history: become fearless competitors, take risks, exude confidence, sit in the front of the room and speak up to be heard!  And the good news for women is that these skills can be learned, just like negotiation skills or job interviewing, and it’s something that can be mastered over time through trial and error and experimentation.


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My Story


© Dr. Marilou Ryder Author and Leadership Consultant