A few weeks ago, I posed a simple question to the people connected to SHRM’s LinkedIn page: Have you read the book Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg? I was looking for people to participate in a roundtable discussion of the book and the issues it raises about workplace equality for an upcoming issue of HR Magazine. I was thrilled—and a bit overwhelmed—by the strong and immediate response I received. I heard from more than 70 women and men from all over the world, from diverse family structures, many walks of life, and on various rungs of the corporate ladder. Clearly the book touched a nerve within our community.
To tap into our members’ interest and enthusiasm, SHRM is planning an array of discussions and activities related to the book in the weeks and months leading up to Sheryl Sandberg’s keynote address at SHRM’s 2015 Annual Conference & Exposition on June 30. These initiatives include:
- Starting in April we will feature weekly discussions in SHRM’s LinkedIn group with specific topical questions raised by Lean In.
- A May 27 Twitter #Nextchat discussion about Lean In facilitated by employment attorney Jonathan Segal.
- Posts on both the SHRM blog and the HR Magazine book blog including SHRM members’ insights and perspectives on the book.
- The HR roundtable discussion in the June HR Magazine, with an extended version available online.
We hope you can take one of these opportunities to connect with us and join the conversation. Let’s all learn, link in—and, of course, lean in.