The book Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg, 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 continuing the revolution.
Lean In supports women in 3 important ways:
We want all women to have the confidence and know-how to achieve their goals. This starts with an active and supportive community. Each day we’ll encourage an open exchange of ideas and information. We will also share Lean In Stories—short narratives of moments in life when we choose to “lean in” or “lean back” intended to inspire, teach and connect us.
We offer a growing library of free online lectures 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.
Lean In Circles are small groups that meet monthly to encourage and support each other in an atmosphere of confidentiality and trust. We provide the materials and support to run a successful Circle, including online spaces that make it easy for members to stay up-to-date and connected. Circles are powered by Mightybell, the first network of private groups.
As a Soul Blazing by Lisa Haisha Life Coach, I have created a Lean In Circle to remain committed to offering women the ongoing inspiration and support to help them achieve their goals. If we talk openly about the challenges women face and work together, we can change the trajectory of women and create a better world for everyone.
Lean In is creating a community to encourage and support women leaning in to their ambitions. If we talk openly about gender issues and work together to tackle them, we believe we can change the trajectory of women and create a better world for all of us. Lean In Circles play a critical role in achieving this vision.
What is a Lean In Circle?
A Lean In Circle is a group of 10 to 12 peers who meet monthly to explore professional topics and exchange personal experiences in an atmosphere of confidentiality and trust. Our goal is that every time a Circle meets, members are learning together or from each other — many times, both will be true. Monthly Circle meetings reflect these dual priorities, alternating between what we call Education and Exploration meetings.
Education Meetings are focused on learning new skills. Before each Education Meeting, members watch a short online video on a topic developed by Stanford University’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research and a broad range of subject matter experts. Then during the Circle meeting, the group explores the topic more deeply and runs through how-to exercises together. Lean In provides the video and Discussion Guide, and you bring your personal insights and experiences.
Exploration Meetings are designed so members can share real-life opportunities and challenges with each other, and ultimately learn from each other’s diverse experiences. Typically, two members present their situation; then the rest of the group shares their own insights and related experiences. Lean In provides everything you need to run an Exploration Meeting.
The Social Engineers Circle meets 10 times a year. Each meeting will run about two hours. Personal Soul Blazing Sessions are available before and after meetings. To join the Social Engineers Lean In Circle, please download the member kit.