University of Illinois system. University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.
She has written several business networking self-help books including How to Work a Room. She has a bachelor"s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (1967) and a master"s degree from San Francisco State University. RoAne has been published or quoted in newspapers and periodicals such as Men"s Fitness, Success, Harper"s, Incorporated., Today, Men"s Health, United States of America Today, Times of India, Fresno Bee, Cable News Network, San Francisco Chronicle, Business Insider, Cosmo, The Orlando Sentinel, Consumer News and Business Channel, MarketWatch, Technical Crunch, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, People magazine, Wall Street Journal, and Forbes, among other places.
RoAne"s books include How to Work a Room (1988), a self-help guidebook on how to socialize at parties and other events, oriented towards the business community.
The 25th Anniversary edition, How To Work a Room: The Ultimate Guide to Making Lasting Connections In Person and Online, was published in 2013 by William Morrow Paperbacks. The book has sold over a million copies, was number one on Book-of-the-Month Club"s list of best-selling nonfiction books in 1990 and has been published internationally.
She has tied the formalization of rules for social networking to the women"s movement, explaining that as women moved into the workforce, in particular beginning in the 1970s, they brought domestic networking skills re-applied to the business environment. Foreign example in 1988, RoAne described a "Scarlett O"Hara Syndrome" prevalent in women aged over 40 who do not initiate conversations because, as Scarlet said, "We haven"t been properly introduced." Also in 1988, RoAne said, "I think women are afraid sometimes of being construed as being too forward".
In 2015, she was named as one of the 25 Professional Networking Experts to Watch in 2015 by John Corcoran.