U.Va. to Show Livecast Discussion on ‘Lean In’ Campus Program

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, generated a lot of attention with her book, “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead,” which came out this spring. Her book presents anecdotes and research to explain why women’s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled and challenges the idea that women can “have it all,” which she called “perhaps the greatest trap ever set for women.”

U.Va. will link to a free public livecast of Sandberg talking about what students should consider before they enter the workforce and begin careers. Organized by a new student group, the University Women’s Forum, the talk will be aired Monday at 7 p.m. in Rouss and Robertson Halls, room 116. An overflow room is also being set up, said Rebecca Leonard, associate dean for student services in the McIntire School of Commerce, where the Women’s Business Forum and Diversity Advisory Committee are two of the event’s co-sponsors.

Sandberg will take live questions from viewers. She and her team in the Lean In organization she founded will introduce a new Campus Leaders program.

Following the hour-long, live-streamed talk, Melissa Thomas-Hunt, an associate professor in the Darden School of Business, will facilitate small-group discussions of some of the issues facing students, especially women, as they prepare to join the workforce. Refreshments will be provided.

Other co-sponsors are the Women, Gender and Sexuality program and Smart Woman Securities, the U.Va. chapter of a national organization that seeks to educate women about the fundamentals of investment and finance.

For information, see the University Women’s Forum’s Facebook page.

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