January 04, 2006 12:01 AM by Joe Blackmon
Dawna Stone, the winner of The Apprentice: Martha Stewart has signed on with Sharlene Martin of Martin Literary Management in Los Angeles for representation of her book proposal entitled Winning Nice – How to Succeed in Business and Life Without Waging War.
Sharlene Martin said “Dawna Stone is one of the elite young businesswomen in the country. As Founder and Publisher of the award-winning Her Sports magazine and winner of The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, Dawna’s business savvy, cool professional demeanor and impressive accomplishments make her a role model for all women. I’m proud to be representing her.”
According to a press release, Dawna Stone is a successful athlete, executive, entrepreneur, and public speaker – who credits her incredible success to a simple formula – be nice and treat people with respect. She was spurred to write Winning Nice upon receiving hundreds of e-mails, phone calls and personal comments from those who watched her realize her dreams on national TV the same way she has from the beginning of her career: with a positive, respectful attitude that refuses to bow to the degrading practices of back-stabbing and egocentrics that have become common place amid not only reality show drama reels but in the modern world of business.
On The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, Dawna compiled the best overall record ever by an Apprentice finalist, boasting a higher win percentage than Donald Trump Apprentice winners Bill Rancic, Kelly Perdew, Kendra Todd and Randall Pinkett. She was universally recognized by her fellow competitors and viewers as the most professional and focused candidate.
Dawna states “Women face unique challenges in the workplace. Recently there has been a strong upsurge in advice that encourages women to be more “man-like.” As greater numbers of women reach the higher echelons of business there’s more pressure than ever to “fight like men” and embrace the ‘business is war’ model that men have long followed. I intend to turn this thinking on its head, showing how women can succeed in tough, male-dominated industries by being professional, tactful and assertive but in a manner that avoids being tagged with the dreaded “B” word that is often used to describe businesswomen.”
Dawna’s advice is culled from her personal experience in a variety of industries and positions: investment banking, management consulting, publicly traded companies, entrepreneurial ventures and culminating with her victory on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart. Dawna earned her B.S., from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA at The Anderson School at the University of California, Los Angeles.