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College alumna receives national recognition

National Indie Excellence Awards: Winner in the Business-Motivational category for 2012

Posted: Friday, June 15, 2012

Jennifer K. Crittenden

The Sixth Annual National Indie Excellence Awards recognized the non-fiction work The Discreet Guide for Executive Women: How to Work Well with Men (and Other Difficulties) by Jennifer K. Crittenden in the category of Business-Motivational as Winner. Ms. Crittenden received her BA in 1981 from Indiana University in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Linguistics. She received an MBA from IU’s Kelley School of Business in 1988.

This national award, based in Los Angeles, CA is open to all English language books including small presses, university presses, independent publishers and self-published authors. Works published in 2009, 2010 and 2011 were eligible for consideration.

The competition is judged by independent experts from all aspects of the indie book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters. They select award winners and finalists based on overall excellence of presentation.

Inspired to extend a helping hand to ambitious women working in corporate America, veteran executive Crittenden offers honest, practical, slightly irreverent advice about navigating companies that are run and populated predominately by men: how to interpret their sometimes surprising behavior, avoid common mistakes, flourish with the good guys, deal with the bad guys, and nurture a wonderful, satisfying career in a non-traditional role.

After graduating from IU, Jennifer built a remarkable career, rising from Financial Analyst to Chief Financial Officer, working for big pharma and biotech companies in the US, Europe, and the UK.

“We appreciate you, we applaud you and thank you for your great work. You are contributing to make independent publishing a great sector in the literary community,” said Ellen Ried, President of the National Indie Excellence Book Awards.

“Jennifer’s insight to the importance of navigating gender communication differences in the corporate world exemplifies the type of outcomes inherent in a liberal arts degree – strong critical thinking and analytical skills, creativity, the ability to appreciate and understand differences, and the importance of collectively working in teams, said Larry Singell, Dean of the IU College of Arts and Sciences. “She serves as an outstanding role model for our students and alumni!”

Jennifer spoke on the IU campus this past April to a number of College students, faculty and staff on the importance of communication in business, with The Discreet Guide as the basis and reference for her discussion points.

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