An Extraordinary Ordinary Life: Susan Phillips Bari's Definitive Memoir Sweeps Through Five Decades of Societal Change for Women in the Workforce
Reflections on a Life Well Lived. Before #MeToo Became a Clarion Call, Bari Fought to Create a Career in a Man's World. eBook Released Early By Popular Demand.
And an extraordinary life it became. From becoming the first female independent Manufacturer's Representative in the textile industry to a Reagan Administration White House Staffer and eventually dedicating her career to furthering the development of women owned businesses and entrepreneurship, Bari charted her own course. She was appointed by President Reagan as chairman of the Council on Women's Business Enterprise and by President Clinton to a term as a member of the National Women's Business Council and was subsequently reappointed by President Bush.
"An Extraordinary Ordinary Life is a tell all, no holds barred tale of a life well lived. "This is a true story of one woman's perseverance. It's an against the odds story that invites you to delve deeper in order to have greater understanding of your own story. Susan Phillips Bari's words resonate. At its epicenter is a timeless story for people of any age. There are passages where you'll see others…and yourself," said Marva Allen, Wordeee CEO and Publisher.
Before #MeToo became a clarion call, Bari fought to create a career in what had previously been a man's world. Harassment took many forms. In addition to specific incidents like when she was told she could "Pick up the order under her pillow," by the buyer of a major client, Bari recalled fighting back against more generalized insults from professors that told off color stories to discourage women from taking business courses to potential employers that crafted "Help Wanted Ads" that would attract men only.
In an incident from her first trade show, Bari recalled, "I went from room to room and asked to speak with the sales manager...I was received with polite skepticism. The first day was a total bust and my feet were killing me after walking all day in my pencil-skirted suit and high heels, appropriate business attire of the day. I decided to go back to the hotel and put my feet up before changing clothes for an evening reception. So tired and with my mind digesting a day's worth of conversations, I nearly bumped into the approaching hotel security guard in the lobby who apparently mistook me for a "lady in a different profession."
Bari has created a legacy as a founding architect and the first President of the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). She was awarded WBENC's inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017 recognizing her passion and many years of service as an innovator, role model, and mentor.
Susan Phillips Bari's imparted wisdom through her actions and words lead Hedy Ratner, Founder and Co-President Emerita of the Women's Business Development Center to state, "She's a force of nature, creative, passionate, committed, with a nature forceful enough to accomplish the impossible."
"Susan Phillips Bari has written an interesting and moving memoir of her life. I have been her friend for 25 years and have learned so much from her as a leader and a role model. Indeed, what started out as an ordinary life ultimately was filled with the unexpected and the excited. Anyone who reads this book cannot but come away with new ideas and a guide to success," recounted Marsha Firestone, Ph.D., President and Founder of the Women Presidents' Organization.
Today, Bari is undeniably likable and accessible. In addition to a coast-to-coast book tour for An Extraordinary Ordinary Life, she has forged her third career as a public speaker, mentor, and expert commentator. She has provided keynote addresses to universities, women's business organizations and myriad corporations across the country. Having her own blog, "Wisdom from an Ordinary Life," she reflects and continues to share wisdom gained through her extraordinary life's journey.
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