Remember Sheryl Sandberg’s book “Lean In”? The Facebook powerhouse encouraged women to “lean in” to their ambitions. But now women are challenging this mindset - and Marissa sat down with Alexa tell why “leaning in” doesn’t really work. Merissa is a veteran of Google - and Facebook! - and she’s written a new book - “Lean Out: The Truth about Women, Power and the Workplace”.
Below are questions Hollie and Alexa had for Marissa:
Wow! “Lean In” was a hugely successful book! But now there’s a counter revolution to Lean Out. What does that mean? And why doesn’t “Lean In” work?
You were at the top of the ranks at Google - and then were lured away to work at Facebook - which you called a “broken experience”. Is that what inspired you to write this book?
If what we’re doing right now isn’t working, what do you suggest we do to fix it and/pr close the gender gap?
So part of that change you say means we need to stop mistaking female-dominant traits like empathy as a sign of weakness. What do you mean by that?
For women who are frustrated with career trajectory and are looking for support or guidance, what advice would you give?
Visit our social media, ‘Live on Lakeside’, and let us know if you’ve read Orr’s “Lean Out”!
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Author Talk & Book Signing
Tonight - Wednesday, July 17th @ 7pm
Loganberry Books - 13015 Larchmere Blvd. Cleveland
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