In their own words:
“The book Lean In is focused on encouraging women to pursue their ambitions, and changing the conversation from what we can’t do to what we can do. LeanIn.Org is the next chapter.”
It seemed only fitting, after talking about hate speech, to turn the tables and look at a site that is all about inclusion and recognition. I am facilitating a book club focused on the book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg found a link to this site at the end of the book. The site has several features including a blog and community profiles.
What really excites me about this tool though are the educational resources. First, there are videos from executives that are focused and expand upon topics reviewed in the book. I would encourage everyone to watch the videos, as the content addresses a lot of areas that can be anxiety producing for many people (men and women).
On top of that, the site also promotes Circles. These circles are groups started and maintained by women that have read the book and want to continue the conversation about women and leadership, or support each other professionally, or continue to do book club style events focusing on the topic.
Sometimes, when I read a book that has a call to action, it can be hard to get or stay motivated and that is doubly true when I’m trying to create everything from scratch. This site is nice because it gives you the frame and allows you to fill it to meet your needs. I think it is also quite handy for graduate school students that are unlikely to remain in a centralized locale following graduation, but still contend with similar issues. This type of site can be good because it allows everyone to participate, but they also have a Facebook presence for all the people out there who don’t want another password to remember.
Considering the book was only recently published, I will be watching the site to see if it fizzles or prospers as time passes. There appear to be more videos planned for release and I’m hoping that the site remains robust and adds new content regularly.
This is a guest post by Chris Bulin (@Arduanne), a graduate student assistant at the Taubman Health Sciences Library.