UNDETERRED: The Six Success Habits of Women in Emerging Economies is the first career advice book written for educated, ambitious women in emerging economies. The book, which will be released in early 2015, is based on four years of research, Rania’s deep expertise and interviews with over 250 women in growth economies. In UNDETERRED, Rania shares the inspiring stories of relatable women and specific strategies that readers can immediately apply to accelerate their own career and business success.

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UNDETERRED: The Six Success Habits of Women in Emerging Economies, the first career advice book written for educated, ambitious women in emerging markets.
Anticipated release: Early 2015.


I believe that global economy will only thrive when women around the world are equally engaged. I am inspired by my Middle-Eastern heritage, experiences in the developing world and by the strong women mentors in my life.


Developing women entrepreneurs and professionals worldwide for almost 30 years. Significant experience in Executive Business Coaching, Management and Leadership Development, Curriculum Development and Consulting.


Masters of Science, Foreign Service, honors concentration International Business, Georgetown University. Bachelor of Science, Business, Oklahoma State University.


Global speaker. Presented to women from Latin America, Africa, Middle East and the United States, including the GE Saudi Women’s Leadership Summit, the first Latin American women entrepreneur pitch conference and the We Own it Summit.


Published in Forbes, the Huffington Post, The NextWomen business magazine and Women 2.0.

The Way Women Work

Founded in 2010 to provide culturally relevant career and business advice specifically for women in emerging economies. The site is regularly visited by thousands of women from around the world.


Early career (1984-1997) at Bank of America and its predecessor banks. Contributed in a variety of capacities including: international banking, training, development and executive education. Attained a senior leadership role.


Founded Meridian Consulting in 1997 providing executive business coaching and consulting services. Select clients include Oracle, Marriott, Polymer Group Inc., Owens-Illinois (O-I),, Black and Veatch, H&R Block and Southern Company.


Co-founded the 8th women’s angel network investor organization in the U.S., a network of women investors that provide equity capital to women-led startups.

Community Leader

Advisory board member, the Women’s Employment Network. Member, the International Women’s Forum. Former delegate to Vision 2020, a U.S. initiative to advance gender equality. Mentor to young women around the world.


One of the top 17 personalities on Twitter covering the Middle East, July 2014;  Lean In launch partner in 2013; Named a Top Global Woman by the Diplomatic Courier in 2012 and invited to participate in the inaugural Wall Street Journal Task Force on Women in the Economy, 2011.


As a leading authority on business women in emerging economies, Rania has been invited to speak at and participate in conferences for women from the the Middle East, Africa Latin America, and the United States.

With a style that is refreshingly direct, she is sought-after for her breakthrough insights and the practical actions she provides.

Originally from the Middle East, Rania has lived, traveled and worked in both developing and developed countries. She is fluent in English with conversational fluency in Arabic and Spanish.

Contact Rania


Select Speaking Engagements
  • GE Saudi Women’s Leadership Summit
  • We Own It Summit
  • WExchange Summit
  • Global Women’s Leadership Summit (GWALS)
  • African Women’s Entrepreneurial Program
  • Qatar International Business Women Forum
  • The Angel Summit
  • The Central Exchange


Rania during an executive coaching session

I work directly with my clients to build solutions to challenges they face. Using a solutions-focused approach I help my clients identify the actions and fine-tune their skills and behaviors to achieve desired professional and personal results.

Executive Coaching is distinct from other types of coaching. It is a structured relationship between two business partners who work together closely for a specified period of time. It is designed to produce enhanced professional awareness as well as business results.

Typical Coaching Topics

  • Business, leadership and personal style
  • Strategic or business issues and opportunities
  • Career advancement
  • Executive presence
  • Decision making
  • Improving productivity
  • Talent management and succession planning
  • Fixing a difficult situation
  • Leading and developing staff
  • Building successful work teams


To reach me or inquire about my availability for speaking engagements, please fill out the form below or email me at


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