Coined by Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook in her book, “Lean In: Women, Work and The Will To Lead”, focussed on encouraging women to pursue their ambitions. Sandberg’s book propagates women to:
Increase their self confidence (The chapter: Sit at the table)
Get their partners to do more at home (The chapter: Make your partner a real partner)
Not hold themselves to unattainable standards (The chapter: The myth of doing it all)
The book inspired a global movement of women who came together to kick start a conversation that has lead to major global changes in the way corporates view their women employees and has provided a support system for women to return to the workplace and realise their ambitions.
As a follow- on to her book, Sheryl established a non-profit organization, LeanIn.Org which has supported women primarily as an online community encouraging the exchange of ideas, and providing free materials on topics including leadership and communication. Produced in partnership with the Clayman Institute for Gender Studies at Stanford University and other well known experts, these lectures offer women practical skills they can apply in their daily lives. But beyond that, LeanIn.Org encourages the creation of “circles” among women around the world!
Why Lean In
Women form half the world’s working-age population but only generate 37% of the GDP
Lean In Circles
With the support of LeanIn.Org Foundation (primarily an online community that forms a global network with key partners from Stanford, eBay, NBA and P&G) women across the world form small groups, driven independently to champion peer to peer support.