Beyond The Label:
Women, Leadership, and Success on Our Own Terms
The former global CEO of Chanel charts her unlikely path from literature major to global chief executive, guiding readers to move beyond the confines of staid expectations and discover their own true paths, strengths, and leadership values.
Driven. Shy. Leader. Wife. Mother. We live in a world of categories — labels designed to tell the world, and ourselves, who we are and ought to be. Some we may covet, others we may fear or disdain; but creating a life that’s truly your own, means learning to define yourself on your own terms.
In Beyond the Label, Maureen Chiquet charts her unlikely path from literature major to global chief executive. Sharing the inklings, risks and (re)defining moments that have shaped her exemplary career, Chiquet seeks to inspire a new generation of women, liberal arts grads, and unconventional thinkers to cultivate a way of living and leading that is all their own.
Through vivid storytelling and provocative insights, Chiquet guides readers to consider the pressing questions and inherent paradoxes of creating a successful, fulfilling life in today’s increasingly complex and competitive world.
“Why should we separate art from business, feelings from logic, intuition from judgment?” Chiquet poses. “Who decided you can’t be determined and flexible, introspective and attuned, mother and top executive? And where does it state standing unflinchingly in your vulnerability, embracing your femininity, won’t make you stronger?”
Wise, inspiring, and deeply felt, Beyond the Label is for anyone who longs for a life without limits on who she is or who she will become.
Advance Praise & Reviews
“Beyond the Label is a revelation. I loved going on Maureen’s journey into her growing personal and professional awareness of feeling trapped in patriarchal structures. She illuminates empathy and emotion on her road to re-making her identity. In a world still dominated by masculine definitions of success, her female gaze disrupts, questions and reinvents both her identity and that of women everywhere.”
—Jill Soloway, Artist and Filmmaker
“Her book is spot on. To me, and to many others, she is the ultimate role model-and not just for women.”
—Millard Drexler, Chairman and CEO, J. Crew Group
“Thriving at work without losing yourself is no small feat, but Maureen Chiquet has done it. Her passion for practicing empathy and embracing self-reflection sets her apart as a leader. Her book provides a compassionate, practical, and optimistic model for creating our own journeys of wonder and wisdom.”
—Arianna Huffington, Founder of The Huffington Post and CEO of Thrive Global
“As someone who hasn’t let convention stand in the way, I found much to relate to in Maureen Chiquet’s candid and provocative memoir of her own category-defying rise to the top. Her experiences and advice will be especially resonant with a new generation of women inspired and empowered to create their own definitions of success and fulfillment.”
—Indra Nooyi, Chairperson & CEO, PepsiCo
“Beyond the Label disrupts traditional definitions of what it means to be a leader and what it means to be successful. It bridges the gap between creativity and commerce, between self-expression and pragmatism, and between enduring values and the demands of an ever-changing marketplace. Read this book if you want to be challenged and inspired to find your own path-breaking way to success.”
—Jeff Bewkes, CEO, Time Warner
“Beyond the Label details, with captivating style, the making of a new breed of female leader. The journey is sometimes bumpy, but Maureen emerges confident, powerful, and armed with the knowledge that there is more than one way to demonstrate competence and self-assurance. Women of all ages, and at all stages of their careers, will be better off for reading this revealing account of how Maureen developed her own leadership style–and how we can too.”
—Claire Shipman, coauthor of the New York Times bestselling The Confidence Code
“As someone who has worked with Maureen for years, I’ve seen her grow into a confident and effective leader who knows how to mentor young talent, take risks and innovate, and create long-term success. Her book offers a lot of heart, wisdom, and practical advice, and I think it will be a great inspiration to many- and not only women.”
—Jenny Ming, President and CEO, Charlotte Russe