How They Made It in America: Success Stories and Strategies of Immigrant Women, from Isabel Alende, to Ivana Trump, to Fashion Designer Josie Natori, Plus More

The engaging stories of successful professional women from a variety of cultures provide both inspiration and instruction.
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Immigrants have been coming to America since the beginning of the seventeenth century in pursuit of their dreams and a better life. Unfortunately in recent years, these very people who have been helping to shape the American Dream for centuries have become targets of abuse.

Fiona Citkin, who immigrated to America from Ukraine, examines the individual experiences of eighteen immigrant women from around the world and from all walks of life who today serve as models of success. In sharing their unique and complex stories, Citkin demonstrates how these women succeeded in America under exceptionally difficult circumstances through drive, grit, intelligence, compassion, and leadership skills. Citkin also captures their collective wisdom and explores the values that drove them to action and success, and presents specific advice that will inspire other success seekers to follow in their footsteps.

How They Made It in America shares the authentic stories of prominent multicultural female immigrants who overcame seemingly insurmountable odds to achieve success in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

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Discussion and conflict over the welcoming and acculturation of migrants and immigrants has reached new heights in many quarters and corners of the world. There is frequently a lack of appreciation of the contributions that newcomers make to a society, but there is as well a need for the kind of storytelling and experience-sharing that can motivate newcomers to overcome fresh obstacles and succeed in an alien environment. Theses stories can be effective in instructing them in the values and behaviors that can lead them in the directions in which they would like their lives to go. Dr. Fiona Citkin has provided just such a collection of stories about extraordinarily successful immigrant women in the USA that dispel ignorance and disdain toward immigrants as well as remove the hesitancy and blocks to define and pursue success on the part of newcomers. The eighteen success stories, told about women arriving from every corner of the globe, with which the book begins, are not the end of the matter, but just the beginning, as the author goes on in the second part of the book to highlight seven values which led to the success described in their tales of achievement. She proceeds even further in part three to provide a kind of handbook to assist the newcomer along the path of managing one's inner and outer resources to go forward in the desired life directions. Not every person or culture understand success in the same way. Certainly, the USA often highlights "making it" in terms of financial success, status, and celebrity, and the characters Citkin’s tales often match these criteria. Despite this US American focus, the fulfillment of the American Dream, I would like you to see this book not just as a motivator for women immigrants to the USA or a feminist paean for breaking the glass ceiling, though it is indeed both of these things. I would rather strongly suggest this book as a model of meeting the need for providing inspirational and informational stories and cultural advice in the many cultures around the world that are receiving, hosting and educating newcomers, both women and men and preparing their populations to accept and include them. Realistic challenges of challenges faced and how they are being met are best told by the immigrants themselves as they are experienced in treading the path toward desired success, however they and the host culture define success. Such accounts should fill the needs of both migrant and indigenous audiences as new neighbors to learn and go about discovering and connecting with each other, sharing their values and their aspirations. It is my hope that readers keep finding these stories in themselves and others and take them apart to examine their hidden treasures and living energies and not hesitate to tell them to each other. I am reminded of the quote I found in a children’s book Crow and Weasel by Barry Lopez, years ago, “Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive. That is why we put these stories in each other's memory. This is how people care for themselves.” Most importantly, it is imperative to recognize that being and becoming, acculturated into an alien environment is not abandonment of oneself and one's native culture. Rather it is about truly discovering these in all their dimensions as they are highlighted in new environments, understanding them in new ways, and seeing how these contribute to one's strengths and flexibility as well as enrich one’s self and one's neighbors.

-- George F. Simons

Fiona Citkin (Author)

Fiona Citkin cares about civic tolerance, immigrant women issues, and the kind of know-how we need to achieve big in America and beyond. Now that her new book (How They Made It in America: 18 Immigrant Women; 7 Success Values; The Achiever’s Handbook) is coming out in January 2019, Fiona is enthusiastically prepping to meet the new readership. She came to the U.S. as a Fulbright Scholar from Ukraine, studying languages and cultures at Kent State University, OH. A professional educator, author, and intercultural consultant, Fiona holds two doctorate degrees and speaks three languages. While working to establish herself in American academic circles, she gave up her research post in OH when her husband received an attractive job offer in New York. Eager to try something new in the new country, she retrained and reframed my academic-professorial experience, working for a global computer company CSI, Berlitz, and similar culture-language-oriented organizations – until starting her own consultancy, Expert MS Inc. Fiona coached and advised on multiculturalism, diversity, and inclusion at major corporations, colleges, and government agencies. She also wrote monthly Huffington Post column: Her first book written in the United States was based on my consulting practice: TRANSFORMATIONAL DIVERSITY: WHY AND HOW INTERCULTURAL COMPETENCIES CAN HELP ORGANIZATIONS TO SURVIVE AND THRIVE (SHRM Publishing, 2011). For this book and her practice combined, Fiona was awarded a 2012 Top Champion of Diversity title by, a think-tank. As an evangelist on all subjects of diversity and the resilience of women, Fiona will partner with her readers to help them make a front list success in the US.

The engaging stories of successful professional women from a variety of cultures provide both inspiration and instruction.

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