How Great Women Lead

A Mother-Daughter Adventure into the Lives of Women Shaping the World


By Bonnie St. John

By Darcy Deane

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In boardrooms and lecture halls, on the field and at home, strong female leaders are making a statement around the globe. In How Great Women lead Bonnie St. John and her teenage daughter, Darcy Deane, explore the qualities that motivate some of the world’s most powerful women. Through engaging, out-of-the-spotlight interchanges, the authors discover commonly held values, behaviors, and attitudes, as well as the subtle, special skills inherent in female leaders.

From the ethics of Dr. Condoleeza Rice to the fortitude of Hillary Rodham Clinton to the enthusiasm of Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp and the discipline of Geena Davis, each woman in this book shares the exciting story of her rise to the top and the unique qualities it took to get there.


  • "Bonnie is one of the five most inspiring women in America."
    Brian Williams, NBC Nightly News
  • "Bonnie St. John has, against all odds, found great joy in her life. And rather than hoarding it...she generously shares the treasure."
    Jeannette Walls, New York Times bestselling author of The Glass Castle
  • "With all the things we have to worry about in the world today--terrorists, the crises on Wall Street, and global warming-- Live Your Joy leaves you feeling stronger, more resilient, and more energized so you can feel in charge of your life."
    Joan Lunden, author and TV personality
  • "Bonnie's life is proof that we can all be happy no matter what. Read Live Your Joy to walk a while alongside her and learn how to do it."
    Marci Shimoff, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Happy for No Reason
  • "Despite personal setbacks in life, Bonnie St. John exudes joy. She has learned firsthand that when we try to do everything in our own strength, we may reach our goals--but often at the expense of relationships or our own physical well-being. When Bonnie allowed God to be her center, she found joy unspeakable...Read this book and experience that same zest for living!" (on Live Your Joy)
    James Robison, founder and president, LIFE Outreach International
  • "LIVE YOUR JOY is a must-read for anyone who needs a lift from the inside out. Bonnie St. John will set you on the path to joyful living and show you how to stay on course with her inspirational insights."
    Michelle McKinney Hammond, author of How to Make Life Work
  • "Feeling down? Pick up LIVE YOUR JOY! So important in challenging times...these wonderful stories certainly helped me find my joy!"
    Ronna Lichtenberg, author of Pitch Like a Girl

On Sale
Apr 24, 2012
Page Count
352 pages
Center Street

Bonnie St. John

About the Author

Despite having her right leg amputated at age five, Bonnie St. John became the first African-American ever to win medals in Winter Olympic competition, taking home a silver and two bronze medals at the 1984 Winter Paralympics in Innsbruck, Austria.

Bonnie graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard, earned a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford, and served in the White House as a Director of the National Economic Council. She has been featured extensively in both national and international media. NBC Nightly News called Bonnie, “One of the five most inspiring women in America.”
Allen P. Haines has served as CEO of several high-growth, mid-sized creative marketing companies in the movie and television industries. In 2010, he cofounded The Blue Circle Leadership Institute where he is instrumental in the creation and distribution of a variety of highly successful leadership training programs across dozens of industries.

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