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Breaking Borders: A Remarkable Story of Adventure, Family, and Career Success That Defied All Expectations

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Kate Isler’s incredible story of blazing global business trails in the early days of Microsoft demonstrates how women can stop self-selecting out of opportunities and make the leap of faith to pursue their dreams.

Kate Isler navigated the male-dominated culture of the technology industry, breaking new global markets for Microsoft in their fast-paced, hyper-growth startup years in some of the most challenging regions in the world – all without a college degree or resources that many believe are necessary for success.

Taking readers on a fascinating adventure from Kate’s years as a naïve young adult through her unexpected global career, which included six international moves, Breaking Borders candidly shares:

  • Kate’s moments of success, failure, and very public mistakes to help readers become more fearless in their own pursuits of greatness.
  • The author’s struggle to pivot her career in a completely new direction as a result of being disillusioned with a big corporate environment.
  • How she overcame the disappointment of a failed startup by channeling her passion for supporting women to build Be Bold, a women’s advocacy non-profit, from the ground up.
  • Kate’s mission to inspire other women to challenge the limits society has placed on them as they chase their dreams.

Kate’s story is a guide for women who want to stop self-selecting out of opportunities because they “assume” they don’t have the right education, connections, or skills to take a chance—including those that believe that having a family disqualifies them from pursuing a dream.

As entertaining as it is enlightening, Breaking Borders provides insights, inspiration, and practical lessons that are relatable and easy to apply each step of the way.




From the Publisher

Breaking Boarders, Kate Isler, Say Yes, Pursue Your Dreams, Self-Selecting, Opportunities
Breaking Boarders, Kate Isler, Say Yes, Pursue Your Dreams, Self-Selecting, Opportunities

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

Tried, Spouse, Job, Ego, Women, Education, Resources, Connections

Tried, Spouse, Job, Ego, Women, Education, Resources, Connections

Women, Qualified, Attributes, Bring, Job, Focus

Women, Qualified, Attributes, Bring, Job, Focus

Women, Help, Support, Career, Job

Women, Help, Support, Career, Job

Kate’s story is a guide for women who want to stop self-selecting out of opportunities because they “assume” they don’t have the right education, connections, or skills to take a chance—including those that believe that having a family disqualifies them from pursuing a dream.

Taking readers on a fascinating adventure from Kate’s years as a naïve young adult through her unexpected global career, which included six international moves, Breaking Borders candidly shares Kate’s moments of success, failure, and very public mistakes to help readers become more fearless in their own pursuits of greatness.

Readers will learn about how Kate overcame the disappointment of a failed startup by channeling her passion for supporting women to build Be Bold, a women’s advocacy non-profit, from the ground up.

PRAISE FOR BREAKING BORDERS

“We all dream of making a difference, adding value and leaving a legacy, yet sometimes life’s burdens and barriers seem bigger than our dreams, so our dreams get deflated. If you are in need of a bit of inspiration to rise strong and embrace your dreams, Breaking Borders offers just that. Whether it’s breaking borders, breaking rules or breaking through the glass ceiling, Kate Isler has done it all. Kate’s story is relatable for women of all ages who want an example of how to lead and live through the challenges and triumphs of a life with grit, grace and gravitas.” — DR. JACKIE FREIBERG, Bestselling Author, Speaker, EpicWorkEpicLife.com

“Breaking Borders is a book with adventure on every page. The author’s reflective and thought provoking style takes you on a journey of self-discovery, independence and plenty of learning moments. Reading this book is a good reminder of why you should look inward to find strength and what matters the most in life. If you want to move outside of the conventional lines, and step out of your comfort zone, then this book is a must read as you navigate your own path in life.” — DEIRDRE BREAKENRIDGE, CEO, Pure Performance Communications

“At last a book by a woman in corporate life who tells it like it is, with all the bumps and bruises and skinned knees of navigating big jobs and scary deadlines AND the demands of marriage and family. Kate’s funny, honest, globe-trotting life story is as refreshing as it is practical, full of great advice any woman who wants to ‘have it all.’” — HOLLY GORDON, Chief Impact Officer, Participant Media

Kate Isler, Breaking Boarders, Women, Career,
Kate Isler, Breaking Boarders, Women, Career,

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

While working at Microsoft, Kate Isler started her international career in Dubai in 1993 by talking her husband into quitting his job to become a “house husband” for what she promised would be a two-year adventure. Twenty years, three children, and six international moves later, Kate left Microsoft to try her luck at running a digital health startup.

Kate is a change agent and thought leader. Her experience in high tech as a CEO of a digital health startup and as an Executive at Microsoft, provides a powerful platform of real-world expertise and examples to draw from when addressing gender equity and balanced management practices.

Kate has successfully navigated the complexity of a global company and tested her agility and ability to innovate as an entrepreneur. Her journey of leadership, challenging the status quo, overcoming adversity, and breaking gender stereotypes motivates and inspires audiences.

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