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It can often feel like you're swimming against the current, or worse, just treading water, as you work to grow your career and build a better life for you and your family.  For anyone who feels like they're not making progress no matter how hard they try, Chris King's story of going from the trailer park to the Boardroom will be both an inspiration and guide to finding your path and reaching your goals.

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BREAKING THROUGH THE SILICON CEILING

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The conventional wisdom is that success in business is reserved for those who have the resources and connections to start a few rungs up the ladder from the beginning. The conventional wisdom is that an uneducated, single mom is destined for a life of mediocrity. The story of Chris King’s life turns conventional wisdom on its head on both accounts.

In a story full of twists and turns, Breaking Through the Silicon Ceiling brings readers through emotional highs and lows and shares the lessons Chris had to learn through trial and error - that success in business is not dictated by your demographic or the types of challenges that life may throw at you. The seeds of success are within you.

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Podcast Interview with Apple @ Work, by 9to5Mac

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Podcast Interview with CMS Critic

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Podcast interview: Ayna Insights

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Podcast interview: Planet Work

"Chris King is one of a kind.  Her singular focus on the customer and business outcomes was a lesson to all of us growing up at IBM.  She was a role model for me as the first female CEO in the semiconductor industry and has such an inspiring story of how she got there."

 Lisa Su, Chair & CEO of AMD 

"While this is the story of an amazing woman’s life and career, there are many very important lessons here for ALL of us."

 John E. Kelly III, IBM Executive Vice President - Retired, and Tech Industry Veteran 

"Chris King’s life and career is a remarkable story of triumph over adversity, proving yet again that nothing is impossible if you are smart, determined, and willing to look beyond whatever obstacles come your way. This remarkable book is an inspiration for anyone looking to make a better life."

 Stanley M. Bergman, CEO of Henry Schein 

ABOUT CHRIS

Christine "Chris" King is the world’s first female CEO of a semiconductor company, AMI Semiconductor. She spent 25+ years at IBM, eventually becoming the VP of Semiconductor Solutions. Her other roles include President and CEO of Standard Microsystems, Executive Chairman of QLogic Corporation, and is currently CEO of Henry Schein One Board of Directors, and Board of Directors Member of Skyworks.

Outside of the world of technology, Chris has tackled the worlds of dairy farming and the equestrian sport of cow cutting with equal vigor. Never one to go into something half-heartedly, Chris has achieved championship status in both dairy cow showmanship and cow cutting competitions. She resides in Scottsdale, Arizona. 

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SPEAKING

Are you looking for a keynote speaker for your next conference or event? Invite Chris to speak to your group on one of the following topics:

  • From the Trailer Park to the Board Room

    • Chris shares her incredible life story and the path she took from being a 20-year-old, poor, single mother with a high school diploma and few prospects to becoming the world's first female CEO of a semiconductor company

  • Achieving Success when the Odds Aren't in Your Favor 

    • Chris shares the 12 lessons that she learned and applied throughout her life to overcome the odds and become the world's first female CEO of a semiconductor company 

  • The Seeds of Success are Already Within You 

    • Chris shares her inspiring life story and demonstrates that no matter who you are, where you were educated, and what your privileges and connections are, you can still be wildly successful if you follow a few key principles

For speaking inquiries, please email kelli@christineking.com.

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Chris is available for interviews, contributed articles, and expert commentary. Please contact Nicole Baker, Smith Publicity at Nicole.Baker@smithpublicity.com for more details.

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