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Lean In series on women in the workplace kicks off this Friday, Nov. 22

Lean In book coverLean In is all the buzz. It started with the book, which has spawned circles, movements and a new verb about how women can expand their opportunities in the workplace.

Whether or not you’ve read the bestseller by Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, you’re invited to a series of facilitated conversations about women’s empowerment in the workplace, right here at UCOP.

The series kicks off this Friday, Nov. 22, 12 to 1 p.m. in Franklin Lobby 1 Conference Room, when educator and coach Amy Levine, formerly of UC San Francisco, will host a conversation about the concepts discussed in the book and how women can “lean in” at UCOP.

Sponsored by the President’s Advisory Council on the Status of Women (PACSW), the Lean In series will continue monthly, facilitated by PACSW members. Each month’s discussion will focus on one of Sandberg’s chapters and cover topics like Success and Likeability, Seek and Speak Your Truth, Make Your Partner a Real Partner and The Myth of Doing It All.

The idea started when UCOP’s Angela Hom saw Sandberg in conversation with Google Executive Chairman (and UC Berkeley alum) Eric Schmidt last spring at the Computer History Museum. She was so inspired that she went to PACSW member and series organizer Jocelyn Banaria with the idea of starting UCOP’s very own Lean In discussion group.

“Our goal with the series is to provide a forum where we can network and share our thoughts about how to support one another and empower ourselves in our careers,” said PACSW member and series co-organizer Lena Zentall. “The conversations will be determined more than anything else by the women — and men — who show up.”

Check the Link calendar for dates and locations of subsequent sessions. You can sign up through the UCOP Learning Center to reserve your spot; just log in and search for “lean in” to register.

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