Lesson 1: Approach career advancement like a competitive sport.
"Women seldom think of their careers as a competition," Giangrande says. "Instead we believe that our work should speak for itself. The sport teaches that you must do what it takes to win, learn from setbacks and know when it's time to change your strategy. This is all part of a competitive mindset." Although education, experience and hard work are vital to success, that alone will not ensure advancement, she adds.