Have an Answer?
Don't give up and stay focused
Get a Master Degree as well as a PhD (If Possible)
Network like crazy on LinkedIn
Find a mentor
The times are changing and information is running rampant so you must understand that; there is still chaos and confusion above the glass ceilings.
Top-Level Management executives get paid for managing conflict. Can you manage conflict or have you had any training?
You will be able to make connections but set an "intention" in writing what you want to get accomplished in the next 1-2 years and it shall be so.