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Feminism and the Falsity of Choice (Lean In Group Discussion Session 2)

Our intergenerational group of women lawyers recently met to continue discussing Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In, focusing on Chapters 1 and 2. We had an engaging discussion on many topics, including: How women can use power posing (citing Amy Cuddy’s research) and positioning in a room to empower themselves and others and to convey leadership. We also discussed gender (and sometimes generational) differences in taking up space, with men generally treating space and a seat at the table as entitlements and women often appearing hesitant to take up space and take the most powered seats at the table. We wondered if we…

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Getting from Here to There, Pt. II: Jumpstarting the Revolution (Lean In Group Discussion Session 1)

As mentioned in Part I of this post, our intergenerational group of lawyers had a rich and enlightening discussion on the Introduction to Lean In. We focused much of our first session on discussing Ms. Sandberg’s story about requesting reserved pregnancy parking. Our group initially held varying opinions of Ms. Sandberg’s request. One member of our group shared that if a junior attorney were to come to her and ask about requesting reserved parking spots for pregnant women, she likely would advise against it in an effort to protect the junior attorney. She shared that even if management were to agree to such…

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Getting from Here to There, Part I: Expanding Our Vision (Lean In Group Discussion Session 1)

Our intergenerational women lawyers' facilitated group discussion kicked off with shared stories and insight gained, as we jumped into the Introduction of Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In, titled “Internalize the Revolution.” We focused on Ms. Sandberg’s story of how she, as a very pregnant senior employee at Google, realized the need for reserved parking for pregnant women and relatively easily made that happen. Ms. Sandberg uses this story to illustrate the need for more women in leadership positions to advocate for women’s needs. Our group first discussed Ms. Sandberg’s admitted embarrassment at not realizing the need for reserved parking until she…

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Ready, Set, Read!

As described in prior Ms. JD blog posts (found here and here), I am coordinating and facilitating a very unique book discussion group for women lawyers this summer. We had a tremendous positive response to the call for applications to join this discussion group, from which we have assembled a remarkable group of women lawyers of varying generations and diverse backgrounds and experience that is ready to begin reading and meeting to discuss Lean In. Although this particular program is oversubscribed and designed for in-person meetings in San Francisco, we would like to engage the many women lawyers out there who…

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Read to Lead: How a Book Club Can Drive Diversity

We recently announced that GenLead will be offering through Ms. JD an Inter-generational Women Lawyers’ Facilitated Group Discussion, the current series of which will be complimentary and will focus on Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In. This week, I offer the backstory behind this passion project and invite you to share if and how my observations and ideas resonate with your experiences as a woman lawyer. We all are witness to the dearth of change in the diversity statistics and opportunities for women and minorities in the law to advance in a fulfilling way. A recent report by the National Association of Women Lawyers (with a wonderful infographic…

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Read, Share, Grow, and Connect: Facilitated Group Discussion Series for Women Lawyers

Has Lean In gone unread on your book list for too long? Would you like to capitalize on (instead of struggle against) the generational differences you see in the workplace? Are you looking to connect with other women in the law to develop professionally in a supportive environment? Are you eager to have an impact as a mentor, and/or do you seek mentorship and guidance from other women in the law? If you answered, "Yes!" to any of these questions, this may be your type of book club! Diversity and leadership consultancy GenLead is partnering with Ms. JD to offer…

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