Fast Forward: How Women Can Achieve Power and Purpose shows how some of the world’s most inspiring women are using their growing economic power to create success and meaning in their lives while building a better world. Written by Ambassador Melanne Verveer and Kim Azzarelli, with a foreword by Hillary Clinton, the book provides personal stories and practical advice from more than 70 trailblazing women.

Companies, countries and organizations the world over are waking up to today’s new reality: Women control the lion’s share of purchasing power and are increasingly essential to competitiveness. Through the insights of achievers like Geena Davis, Christine Lagarde and Diane von Furstenberg, Fast Forward shows every woman how to know her power, find her purpose and connect with others to achieve her life’s goals.

First published in hardcover in the autumn of 2015, Fast Forward—a Washington Post best selleris now available in paperback.


Learn more about the authors, Ambassador Melanne Verveer and Kim K. Azzarelli.

What People Are Saying

“As I have travelled the world, I've seen incredible strength and resilience of women everywhere, working at every level. If there was ever a doubt that our moment is now, this book dispels it. Fast Forward shows every woman how she can empower herself and her community.”
—Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State

“We are all capable of great things, even world-changing things, if we take inspiration from others and join together to get it done. …Here are stories of a few women who have dared to imagine the day, and worked to make it happen. Let them inspire you.”
—Meryl Streep, actress and activist

“A life filled with purpose is the greatest gift we can give to ourselves—and to others. Fast Forward shows women how to lead lives of purpose and meaning, so that they, and our world, can thrive.”
—Arianna Huffington, Founder and CEO, Thrive Global

“The stories in Fast Forward make it must-read for anyone interested in leading successfully with purpose in the 21st century.”
—Ajay Banga, CEO, MasterCard