WBEZ | Lean In http://www.wbez.org/tags/lean Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Sheryl Sandberg tells Chicago women to 'Lean In' http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-03/sheryl-sandberg-tells-chicago-women-lean-106375 <p><p><img a="" about="" alt="" and="" as="" at="" back="" be="" but="" capabilities="" challenge="" changing="" chicago="" class="image-original_image" div="" equality="" event="" ever="" feminist="" force="" from="" gender="" hilton="" holding="" house="" href="http://ideas.time.com/2013/03/07/confidence-woman/" in="" is="" joyce="" may="" most="" of="" on="" ones="" own="" palmer="" pictured="" powerful="" press="" quo="" radical="" right="" s="" says="" she="" sheryl="" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/BGewxfoCQAAfuPz.jpg-large.jpg" status="" style="height: 465px; width: 620px;" target="_blank" the="" their="" themselves="" they="" think="" thursday.="" title="‘Success and likability is positively correlated for men, negatively correlated for women,’ said Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, right, during an event at Chicago’s Palmer House Hilton Thursday night. (Tuesday Hagiwara)" to="" true="" way="" why="" winnecke="" with="" women="" /></p><div class="image-insert-image "><p>Is <a href="http://ideas.time.com/2013/03/07/confidence-woman/" target="_blank">Sheryl Sandberg</a> the most radical feminist to ever challenge the status quo of a man&#39;s world? No, but she is a powerful force in changing the way women feel about their own capabilities as leaders.</p><p>Sandberg spoke to a sold-out crowd at Chicago&#39;s Palmer House Hilton Thursday evening, in an event sponsored by <a href="http://www.nielsen.com/us/en.html" target="_blank">Nielsen</a> and presented by <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/tribnation/chi-trib-nation-response-to-sheryl-sandberg-20130328,0,2716667.story" target="_blank">Trib Nation</a> as part of the <em>Chicago Tribune</em>&#39;s &quot;Press Pass&quot; speaker series. &nbsp;</p><p>In a conversation with <em>Tribune</em>&nbsp;vice president and associate editor Joycelyn Winnecke, Sandberg shared advice and anecdotes from her new book,&nbsp;<em>Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead</em>, which has already stirred <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2013/03/maybe-you-should-read-the-book-the-sheryl-sandberg-backlash.html" target="_blank">debate</a>&nbsp;and provoked a backlash from some of Sandberg&#39;s female critics. In her book, Sandberg argues that women may be the ones holding themselves back from true gender equality in the workplace. She says that women need to &quot;lean in&quot; and &quot;sit at the table&quot; with their male peers in order to acheive the same levels of success.</p><p>During her talk, the effervescent Facebook COO (and <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2096345/Facebook-IPO-Sheryl-Sandberg-Mark-Zuckerberg-highest-paid-employee.html">multi-millionaire</a>) elicited knowing laughter and spontaneous applause from her overwhelmingly female audience, as she delivered one quotable nugget of &quot;girl power&quot; inspiration after another. Here are a few of her most memorable soundbites:&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/book_0.jpg" style="float: right;" title="Sandberg's 'Lean In’ sold 140,000 copies in its first week. Now the book tops the ‘New York Times’ and Amazon.com bestseller lists. (Courtesy of Knopf)" /></p><p>- <em>On the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/23/yahoo-working-remote_n_2750698.html" target="_blank">Marissa Mayer controversy</a> at Yahoo:</em></p><p>&quot;If a man did it, there would not be a single headline.&quot;</p><p>- <em>On the <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/03/11/173740524/lean-in-facebooks-sheryl-sandberg-explains-whats-holding-women-back" target="_blank">self-confidence</a> of women in comparison to men&#39;s:</em></p><p>&quot;Women remember their performance lower, and men higher, in relation to their success.&quot;</p><p>- <em>On the difficulty of finding a mentor as a young woman, especially when most seasoned pros in corporate America are&nbsp;<a href="http://www.brw.com.au/p/leadership/glassdoor_most_popular_ceos_list_pNkPspX7n8YbXed0GLoLBJ" target="_blank">older men</a>:</em></p><p>&quot;Searching for a mentor has become the professional equivalent of waiting for Prince Charming.&quot;</p><p>- <em>On her desire for less restriction and <a href="http://eblingroup.com/2013/03/why-men-should-read-sheryl-sandbergs-lean-in.html" target="_blank">more equality</a> in gender roles:</em></p><p>&quot;We need to teach our girls to be leaders and our boys to be nuturers.&quot;</p><p>Sandberg also described how assertive girls are often teased for being &quot;bossy,&quot; a derogotary term that is never applied to boys when they attempt to take on similar leadership roles.&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;I wrote this book for every young girl who has ever been called &#39;bossy&#39; on the playground,&quot; said Sandberg, which made the bossy-pants <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/laura-hibbard/hermione-granger-the-hero_b_898414.html" target="_blank">Hermione Granger</a> in me exclaim, &quot;Hear, hear!&quot; &nbsp;</p><p>Audience members were encouraged to tweet with the hashtag <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=trib%20nation&amp;src=typd" target="_blank">#TribNation</a> during the hour-long event (Sandberg is a social media maven, after all) and Twitter users responded with a flurry of feminist discussion that continued long after Sandberg left the stage around 7 p.m.&nbsp;</p><p>And while the Internet mogul still has her&nbsp;<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nisha-chittal/sheryl-sandberg_b_2755348.html" target="_blank">critics</a>, the palpable surge of female empowerment in the room last night proves that Sandberg&#39;s message of &quot;let&#39;s change the conversation from what women <em>can&#39;t </em>do to what they <em>can</em>&quot; has earned her many loyal fans here in Chicago &ndash; this sometimes-cynical blogger included.</p><p>Watch the full event <a href="http://media.apps.chicagotribune.com/secondscreen/chicago-tribune-press-pass:-sheryl-sandberg-facebook-coo-and-author-lean-in/index.html" target="_blank">here</a>, courtesy of the <em>Chicago Tribune</em>.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Leah Pickett writes about popular culture for WBEZ. Follow her on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/leahkpickett" target="_blank">@leahkpickett</a>.&nbsp;</em></p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-03/sheryl-sandberg-tells-chicago-women-lean-106375