Gail Evans

Gail Evans

Former Executive VP of CNN, Diversity Expert and Best-Selling Author of "Play Like A Man, Win Like A Woman"

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Former Executive VP of CNN, Diversity Expert and Best-Selling Author of Play Like A Man, Win Like A Woman

"Love the Game" - With those words Gail Evans concludes one of the most successful and influential books about women in the workplace. Ironically, many women did not even know the game existed before Evans taught them how to win in the workplace with her book Play Like A Man, Win Like A Woman.

Play Like A Man, Win Like A Woman

The book was listed on the New York Times, Business Week, and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. Play Like A Man, Win Like A Woman has been translated into 21 languages and has been a bestseller around the world. When it comes to the success of women in the workplace, Evans is a leading source. She has appeared on The Today Show and Good Morning America, CNN and has been featured in Business Week, People Magazine, The New York Times and USA Today.

She Wins, You Win

Evans' status has been enhanced by her newest book, She Wins, You Win. She has spoken and given lectures to many of the world’s leading companies including AT&T, Johnson & Johnson, GE, Microsoft, JP Morgan , Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo, KPMG, Cisco, IBM, Thompson Reuters, Deloitte, Intel , Wal Mart and Textron to name a few.

Teaching Diversity

Since her retirement from CNN Evans has been an adjunct professor at Georgia Tech’s School of Management teaching “Gender, Race and Ethnicity in Global Organizational Behavior.”


She began working at CNN at its inception in 1980. By the time she retired in 2001, she was Executive Vice President of the CNN Newsgroup. During that time she was responsible for program and talent development at all of CNN’s domestic networks overseeing national and international talk shows and the Network Guest Bookings Department, which schedules about 25,000 guests each year.


In addition to speaking and teaching, Evans has served on numerous charitable boards including the Radio Television News Directors , the Society for Women’s Health Research, the Atlanta Girls School, the Ga. State University Law School, Womens Advisory Board of the Kennedy School of Government Harvard University and the Breman Jewish Heritage Museum. She was also appointed by President Clinton to the Commission on White House Fellows. Evans is the former chairperson of the Georgia Endowment for the Humanities. She is a member of the Committee of 200 and the Council on Foreign Relations.

White House

Early in her career, she worked on both House and Senate staffs and at the White House in the Office of the Special Counsel to the President during the Lyndon B. Johnson Administration. During her tenure at the White House she was part of the team that created the 1966 Civil Rights Act and the Presidents Committee on Equal Employment opportunity.

Gail Evans lives in Atlanta and is the mother of three and the grandmother of seven.

Women in The Workplace: Create Your Own Rules --

For decades women have struggled to find parity in the workplace. They have studied the "boys rules". They have even learned to play golf and speak sports lingo. The one rule they have not learned is that women must play on the same team. We must be each other's greatest support, not see each other only as competition. Women need to come to understand that every woman's success is their success. Gail will talk about how women can create their own rules and how to play by them. Learn new approaches to mentoring, natural networking, rainmaking and how to make the women's team work for every business and every woman.

She Wins, You Win

Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman

Race, Gender & Ethnicity in the Workplace

Lunch Is a Business Activity

  • She Wins, You Win
    She Wins, You Win Purchase Book
  • Play like a man, win like a woman: (what men know about success that women need to learn )
    Play like a man, win like a woman: (what men know about success that women need to learn ) Purchase Book

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  • "Gail Evans definitely struck a chord at our Executive Women's Retreat. Her experience at the highest levels of corporate America confirms the fact that when one woman wins, we all win. Gail walked us through the unwritten rules of the game and energized us all with her fiery spirit and motivational optimism. If we could have bottled her and set her home in our guests' goody bags, we would have."

    Kathleen Wu, Partner, Andrews Kurth LLP
  • I can't tell you how many women told me that you described them to a 't' during your remarks. You shared countless pearls of wisdom. Your message was especially powerful for our corporate group.

    Mary Howell, EVP, Textron
  • Thank you for your wonderful and important presentation at the Womens Leadership Summit. You ranked highest among all of the brilliant leaders presenting at the conference. All of us have retold parts of your message countless times since the summit. We could not have had a better keynote. Many people mentioned your warmth and generosity, too. The ideas you shared have provided specific actions and attitudes we all must take to ensure progress

    Pat Allen, University of Wisconsin
  • Gail observes that women need to learn the rules of the game to get to the top, and offers practical tips on how to get there." --

    Former FCC Commissioner Susan Ness
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