The Power of Female Partnerships

Entrepreneurs and best friends Erica Cerulo and Claire Mazur spotlight how female friendship can be a driving force in professional accomplishment and innovation.
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Claire Mazur and Erica Cerulo, co-authors of Work Wife discuss the importance of having friendships in the office, and being able to be transparent with your coworkers.

Program Topics

  • The Rise of the Work Wife

    From Soul Cycle to Shondaland to 2 Dope Queens, female partnerships are a driving force in a space previously monopolized by men: entrepreneurship. Erica Cerulo and Claire Mazur show how this powerful shift includes building business environments that allow women to collaborate instead of compete, resulting in powerful partnerships. In this talk, Cerulo and Mazur explain how businesses driven by successful women are proving to be uniquely successful, and why everyone needs a work wife.

  • Why Work Wives Are Having a Moment—and How They Are Changing Corporate Culture for Good

    The “work wife” is having a moment—but this current success is no coincidence. In this talk, Cerulo and Mazur outline how women are changing corporate culture by working together, from crediting each other in meetings to navigating work-life balance. With practical tips for common hurdles like being co-bosses, dealing with money, and surviving rough patches, Cerulo and Mazur inspire women to collaborate to create the change they want to see.

Work Wife

Work Wife

The Power of Female Friendship to Drive Successful Businesses

When Erica Cerulo and Claire Mazur met in college in 2002, they bonded instantly. Fast-forward to 2010, when they founded the popular fashion and design website Of a Kind. Now, in their first book, Cerulo and Mazur bring to light the unique power of female friendship to fuel business success. Featuring interviews with work wives such as Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs of the influential food community site Food52, Ann Friedman, Aminatou Sow, and Gina Delvac of the hit podcast Call Your Girlfriend, and Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings of Olympic volleyball fame, Work Wife addresses a range of topics vital to successful partnerships, such as being co-bosses, tackling disagreements, dealing with money, and accommodating motherhood. Demonstrating how female partnerships in the office are productive, progressive, and empowering, Cerulo and Mazur offer an invaluable roadmap for a feminist reimagining of the workplace.


FORMATS AVAILABLE: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

PAGE COUNT; PUBLICATION DATE: 208 pages; March 5, 2019

Work Wife

“By exploring topics such as setting expectations, defining roles, dividing responsibility, dealing with finances, and addressing disputes, [Cerulo and Mazur] deftly demonstrate how female friendships produce empowering business partnerships. . . . This insightful, engaging work is an essential guidebook for friends considering a business collaboration.”

Library Journal (starred review)

“In leading by example, Cerulo and Mazur suggest, pairs of work wives can also bring about cultures that value cooperation over competition…work wives can transform office norms so that women can work the way they want to.”

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