These intentionally curated and facilitator-led groups are comprised of 12-14 women leaning in to learn, grow and support each other in a communicative and trusting atmosphere. Curriculum is provided by the Lean In Foundation founded by Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, and Rachel Thomas, technology entrepreneur. Updated yearly the curriculum is a growing library of lectures offering participants practical skills applicable to professional and personal lives. Circles meet monthly, alternating between education meetings and exploration meetings. Video lectures are shown at education meetings followed by topic discussions. Exploration meetings allow members to discuss current-day situations they are challenged with within the context of work, life balance and more.
Women in the Workplace
Women are promoted at a lower rate than me, the biggest gap at the entry level. If women were promoted at the same rate as male peers, the number of women senior vice-president and C-suite levels would be more than double.
Today’s young professionals are learning and developing in different kinds of environments than their predecessors, finding peer engagement and mentoring at times more relevant than traditional formalized classroom training and an effective alternative method of cultivating leaders.