the Problem

Highly-educated women in growth economies have the potential to lift and transform the global economy. They are poised and entering the global workforce at higher rates than ever before. But, since the majority of professional advice for women is created for Western women in developed countries, women in emerging economies often tell us they don’t know where to turn for culturally relevant career or business advice.

the Solution

The Way Women Work is the online “How-to-Succeed” Guide for women in growth economies. We help bridge the gap between women’s education (graduating from university) and successful participation in the workforce. We exist to accelerate the career and business success of these women.

the Why

We believe that the global economy will only thrive when women participate equally at every level with men. We know that when women share their success, they enable ALL women to succeed.

the How

Our content is free and culturally-relevant. We share the strategies, workarounds and triumphs of the millions of women who are succeeding in growth economies today.

Here, you will find:

  1. Expert Advice – from founder Rania Anderson and other accomplished women leaders.
  2. Inspiration and Insights – Interviews that highlight the experiences of all types of business women, of all ages (not just the “most powerful” ones or the “most successful” ones) and guest articles from women like you, who are defining what ‘success’ means to them.

We urge and encourage you to define and achieve your own success!

  • Be inspired and learn from women like you.
  • Benefit from Rania’s expertise.
  • Hire Rania to speak at your event.

We’d love to hear from you: share your journey and accomplishments with us or recommend a woman you think we should highlight.

You are the Women the World’s Been Waiting For™


Meet Our Team


Rania Habiby Anderson


Rania Anderson The Way Women Work FounderThe first time I remember having this question, I was 11 or 12 years old. It continued to haunt me for most of my life.

Why did I, and some girls, have the opportunity to study and apply our education, while so many other girls from my part of the world and other developing countries, did not have the same opportunities?

There had to be reason.

I grew up, literally and figuratively speaking, in the desert. I grew up in the Middle East, a place where it was and often still is difficult for women to have the unencumbered freedom and empowerment to seek career and business success. Yet, just like seeing water in an oasis, I also saw (and still see) examples of highly-educated women who have careers and businesses and who even in the 1970s, had figured a way to have what they wanted.

Like many of the women I’ve met, and who you’ll meet here, my family and especially my father believed in me. He often said that the greatest gift he could give his children was the gift of education. And so, I had the opportunity when I was 16 years old to attend university in the United States. One of my professors in my Masters program at Georgetown University was former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. That was my first hand experience with a woman who had achieved the highest level of success in her field.

After graduate school, I began a career in banking working for two institutions which ultimately became part of Bank of America. At the fast growing bank, I had many training, development and job opportunities. Delivering results and with the guidance of mentors and sponsors, I enjoyed fast track career progression. I left the corporate world in 1997 to start and grow a business consulting and executive coaching practice. Over time, I focused my coaching, work, volunteer efforts and mentoring exclusively on women.

All these experiences led me to answer that question that had continued to nag at me.The answer was that educated women who have opportunities are supposed to clear paths to enable more women to succeed. 

This is why, in 2010, I created The Way Women Work, the first online career guidance platform for women in growth economies. My expertise, experiences, education and heritage, have prepared me to share culturally relevant career and business advice with you. Throughout my life, no matter where I was, I have always seen women succeeding – so here, we focus on the ways women succeed, not on what’s holding them back.

Take a look around. You’ll find advice, tools and inspiration from me, and women like you, all around the world.

Erin Risner

Director of Community Engagement

I am enthralled by The Way Women Work’s work and vision. My energy is channeled into cultivating our online communities, communications, strategy, content, opportunities, and personal network of successful women and business network’s around the globe.

Previously to my work here, I spent four years at Water.org, a global nonprofit dedicated to helping communities get safe water and sanitation. As a key member of Water.org’s marketing and communication’s team, I helped build a robust online presence, brand, and expand all grassroots communication and fundraising efforts. I also had the privilege of visiting programs in Bangladesh and Haiti.

Before my time at Water.org, I spent time in Vietnam, China, Philippines, Mexico, and Lithuania. I graduated from Drury University with a Bachelors degree in Integrated Media and Global Studies. For the past four years I have also been on the board for Girls to School, a nonprofit working in West Africa that creates access to education and microfinance for women and girls to break the cycle of poverty. Today, I also support at the Women’s Employment Network in Kansas City, Missouri. In April 2012, I spoke at the edSocialMedia Summit conference in San Francisco.

In November of 2013, Rania and I personally interviewed women in Brazil and Argentina for her upcoming book, and continue to scheme and dream numerous exciting ventures.

Charlotte Cline-Smith

PR & Communications manager

charlotte smith cline the way women workI am passionate about women working together to develop their visions and professional goals.

Growing up in remote Uzbekistan, I was acutely aware of the ways my English education opened unique opportunities. After transitioning into high school in Istanbul, Turkey, I developed a strong interest in languages and began studying Turkish as well as Farsi and Tajik. A few years later, I began studying Arabic in Jordan during my undergraduate years, then continued studying with Saudi friends that I met during my Master’s program in Intercultural Communication at Southern Illinois University.

Before coming to The Way Women Work, I was running a small women’s mentoring and tutoring business in Southern Illinois that worked with small groups and individuals to navigate the U.S. educational system, strengthen English language skills, and bridge cultural gaps. One of my greatest thrills is being able to use my skills and access behind the scenes to help women overcome the obstacles between them and their passions.

Thank you for being a part of our growing global community! You inspire us on a daily basis. Please reach out and share your expertise with us – contact us here!