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Play It Forward : From Gymboree to the Yoga Mat and Beyond (Paperback) (Joan Barnes)
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Play It Forward details the remarkable business journey of Joan Barnes, from founding and leading Gymboree to the brink of its prosperous IPO, to the personal crisis that forced her to step down as CEO, to her successful second act as the founder of an innovative yoga business.The Joan Barnes story is one of female entrepreneurial success. Barnes built an innovative, billion-dollar household brand starting with $3,000 and working in a church basement. The book reveals how she grew her company through a groundbreaking franchise-model expansion, how her operational strategy focused on creating business opportunities for women, and how Gymboree eventually became a powerful international business network, one that blazed the trail for a new industry: activity-based classes for pre-preschool children.But this dramatic entrepreneurial memoir is also a cautionary tale and a story of redemption. When the Gymboree initial public offering yielded a stock price boost of 58 percent on the first day of trading, Barnes was nowhere near Wall Street. She had stepped down from the company two years earlier because the stress of building the business fueled a deep-seated eating disorder that threatened to destroy everything she worked so hard to build.Through the course of this extraordinary story, Barnes overcomes great obstacles, both personal and professional. The courage she used to confront her disorder provides readers with a model for overcoming their own demons to achieve a sense of worth, inclusion, and hope. Her ability to later resume her business career on healthier terms and to find a different dimension of success is an inspiring example of how midcareer women can triumph through reinvention.Published to coincide with Gymboree's 40th anniversary, Play It Forward is a memoir that offers readers a refreshing perspective on the ongoing national conversation about work-life balance, from a woman who built her business with balance at its heart. The stories of successful women in business are perennially underreported. As women increase their numbers and influence in the business world—including in executive suites—there is more need than ever for the stories of role models who, like Barnes, understand the complexity and diversity of women's paths to success.
Number of Pages: 271
Genre: Business + Money Management, Biography + Autobiography, Family + Relationships
Sub-Genre: Business, Parenting / General
Author: Joan Barnes
Street Date: May 10, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-07-1182
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