Lean In Circles: Be unapologetically ambitious

During our first Webinar of the year called: “Lean In Circles: Be unapologetically ambitious.” Emma Roberts, Lean In Europe Program Lead for LeanIn.Org – Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation started off with a little fact check. We learnt from research LeanIn.Org carries out with McKinsey, that the data shows that women are prone to more intense self-doubt than men, and it is not because we’re missing a special confidence gene but because women face an uneven playing field at work. She talked about how even the way we raise our children can plant seeds that feed this self-doubt at a later age and how bias (conscious and unconscious) gets in the way of creating an equal playing field. This bias that is so pronounced that simply changing the name on a resume from a woman’s to a man’s increases a candidate’s hire-ability by 61 percent. Many of these reasons are why Lean In Circles were started as a way for women to build small support networks to build skills, support each other and raise confidence in their own skills and capabilities.

What’s great about Lean In Circles is that it doesn’t take much to start one and that there are a huge amount of free resources, support materials, videos and ideas available to make them happen. Many of our LEAD Network Partners are also partners of LeanIn.Org and have circles within their own organisations, and they are having a real impact.

So if you are curious, get and listen to the recording of the webinar or check out Leanin.org and explore the many resources available that will help us break through the confidence topic and change the playing field and nature of the conversation.

So join in the conversation, share your thoughts and experiences with Lean In Circles on our LinkedIn page #bebold, #doingnottrying, #leanin.

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Lean In runs programs that help women advance and companies create more equal workplaces.

Lean In Circles are a place for your employees to share ideas and advice, gain skills, and build community. Most of all, they’re a place where women in your organization can get the support they need to reach their goals. From meeting guides to an online platform that connects your Circles, we provide all the tools you need to run Circles—for free, discover all of our education content here! Also check out our partner page to learn more about launching a company Circles program.

● Gender bias is holding women back in the workplace. Whether deliberate or unconscious, bias makes it harder for women to get hired and promoted and negatively impacts their day-to-day work experiences. This hurts women and makes it hard for companies to level the playing field. This February, LeanIn.Org is launching 50 Ways to Fight Bias; pairing a card-based activity with a series of short videos, the program highlights 50 specific examples of gender bias in the workplace, encourages groups to brainstorm solutions together, and offers research-backed recommendations for what to do. To register your interest to find out more about this new program, please click here.

● If you want to publicly list your organization’s logo on the Lean In the website, get additional support running Lean In Circles, and receive the latest information on Lean In programs that are relevant to you, register your company today. If your organisation is already registered as a partner and you want to get connected to existing programs, please email us (emma@sgff.org), and we’ll share the Lean In point of contact at your organisation.

● Looking for more content from Lean In? Check out our new Podcast, Tilted. Tilted explores the uneven playing field – the gender bias that lurks in unexpected places, the impact it has on our everyday lives, and how women are leaning in and driving change. You can listen on Apple Podcasts and all other podcast platforms.