Women must ask for what they want and embrace ambition, said women executives participating in a recent panel discussion in Cleveland. "What can you ask for that would give you an opportunity that you might otherwise not have? Even if you don't get it the first time, it's OK, because you learn something from it," said Patricia Gillette, partner at the San Francisco law firm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe and co-founder of the Opt-In Project.

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