The National Association of Women Business Owners has partnered with LeanIn.org for a new program meant to provide educational opportunity for women business owners, as well as access to experienced business owners. LeanIn.org, which is dedicated to helping women in the workforce around the world, was co-founded by Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg, and shares a name with her best selling book.
The partnership offers three programs, outlined by Black Enterprise: Lean In Community, which brings men and women together to talk about their business experiences; Lean In Education, offering free online lectures; and Lean In Circles, which meets monthly in small groups to discuss issues of importance. You can red more about the programs on the NAWBO website as well.
Sandberg’s book, which is called Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, is topping Amazon’s list, with 140,000 copies sold in its first week and 400,000 copies total in print. The AP says Sandberg wants the book to be the impetus to a movement that will help more women rise through the ranks in the workforce. Just prior to its March 11 release, The New York Times wrote: “Ms. Sandberg, whose ideas about working women have prompted both enthusiasm and criticism, is attempting nothing less than a [Betty] Friedan-like feat: a national discussion of a gender-problem-that-has-no-name, this time in the workplace, and a movement to address it.” The book has sparked discussion about gender relations in the workplace across the media. It’s also come under fire because it seems like its messenger — a wealthy woman with access to all sorts of resources — is advising little women about the path to success.
“But criticism is also starting to build: that Ms. Sandberg places too much of the onus on women who are already struggling to fulfill impossible demands, and too little on government and employers to provide better child care, more flexible jobs and other concrete gains,” the Times continues.