Rania Habiby Anderson


Expert on the actions men can individually take to recruit, retain and advance women, and leading authority on the professional advancement of women, especially in emerging economies.


International Keynote Speaker, Award-Winning Author, Executive Business Business Coach, Angel Investor

“Women are the key to unlocking global economic prosperity.” 

When I was living in India at age of 11, the things I saw each day made me think about the stark difference in opportunities that especially girls have depending on where they are born. Education was always the most thing important to my parents, and while I grew up in all over the world, I moved to the United States when I was 16-years-old to attend college and then grad school at Georgetown University. Afterwards, I had a long successful career at Bank of America and then became an executive business coach. Along the way, I discovered my lifelong mission to accelerate economic opportunities for women – the seed that was planted when I was just a young girl in India.

Over the years, as I presented to, coached, mentored, and invested in thousands of women and men around the world, I could see and global studies showed that all around the world, the professional and leadership progress of women had stalled.

What was missing? Equipping men to intentionally recruit, retain and develop women leaders as a strategy to advance BOTH the women and their BUSINESSES. 

Because of I’ve coached male and female business leaders for more than 20 years, I had a deep understanding of the gap that needed to be closed. So I developed a groundbreaking proprietary behavioral model to guide men, managers and leaders to work more effectively with and consciously advance women into leadership. I’ve been sharing this model around the world through keynote presentations at conferences and with front-line, middle, and senior managers at Fortune 100 companies, including Microsoft, American Express, GM, PwC, and Procter & Gamble.     

In 2010, I created The Way Women Work, initially as the first online career guidance platform for highly educated women in growth economies. Based on research conducted over a four year period, I wrote UNDETERRED: The Six Success Habits of Women in Emerging Economies, the first career advice book written for the ambitious women in these markets.

Today, I primarily speak to audiences of men and women at corporations, conferences and universities. I’m also an executive business coach.  As an angel investor, I invest in high-growth women-led businesses.

Women, men, university students, I invite you to take look around our site. You’ll find specific actionable advice, tools, and inspiration from me and other successful women around the world.

If you’d like to have me come speak at your company or event contact me here.

Erin Risner

Director of Community Engagement, FREELANCE

When I met Rania in 2011, I was going through my first career crisis. We hit it off immediately, and I couldn’t believe my good fortune. She helped me through my first-ever salary negotiation, and even through difficult changes at work after that. She was a lifesaver, and we began a lifelong friendship/working relationship.

In 2012, I took a leap and started my own consulting business. It was then I began to work part-time for The Way Women Work. I got to interview women all over the world on Skype and on email, write their stories, and build our diverse community online. We even traveled to Brazil and Argentina in 2013 to interview amazing corporate women and entrepreneurs for her groundbreaking book, UNDETERRED.

It has been an incredible privilege to be a part of The Way Women Work, and help develop and grow its brand, marketing strategy, and connect personally with so many women who are also pursuing dreams and the life they imagine. Even today as I write this, I never stop feeling inspired from the women we have met and written about on this site and in the book. Now, unliked when I began in 2012, I am working mom and breadwinner for my family – I hold so many of the stories we’ve gathered and the advice the women have shared even more closely! It is from them and Rania that I have learned tips about how to best blend work and life, and create my own definitions of success.

I started my career at an international global nonprofit called Water.org in 2008 when they weren’t yet known and I convinced them to let me intern and show them what I was made of. In 2012, when I started at The Way Women Work, I also began part-time work for a cybersecurity software company called SpiderOak, where I now work full-time as the Chief Communications Officer.

In each role I’ve had, it’s always been important to me to be passionate, challenged, and keep growing and learning in my career. It’s a privilege and what drives me. I feel so thankful that I met Rania when I did, and now I get to watch her speak to other women all over the world and impact their lives and careers in the same way she has mine. It’s a honor to support her a little bit still, and further the important and trailblazing work she is doing.

Thanks for visiting our site and being a part of our community!

Charlotte Cline-Smith

writer and contributor

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I 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.

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