Lean In EDU Circles
Lean In Circles are an action-based offshoot from Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In - bringing women together, empowering each other to “lean in” in their respective fields and support each other’s leadership and growth. Even in a predominantly female field like education, the leadership - edtech CEOs, district superintendents - are predominantly male. School leaders Mary Cantwell, Alyssa Gallagher, Lindsey Own, and Kami Thordarson launched Lean In EDU Circles to support women in education to “lean in” and take more leadership in their local schools, national education conversations, and edtech developments. In this panel, hear about how their different local Lean In Circles have created local ecosystems where women come together for community building, cultivation of best practices, and exploration of ways to capitalize and collaborate on each circle’s best thinking. Learn about how we launched our Circles, and how you can collaborate with us to start one in your local area!
Additional Supporting Materials
- "What would you lean into if you weren’t afraid?"
- As women, how might we support and empower each other to strive for more prominent leadership roles in education?
- When compared to men, what causes women to more frequently languish from the impostor syndrome (feeling like a fraud, fearing discovery with each success)?
- Alyssa Gallagher, Director of Strategic Initiatives & Community Partnerships, Los Altos School District
- Lindsey Own, Teacher, The Evergreen School
- Kami Thordarson, Innovative Strategies Coach, Los Altos School District
- Mary Cantwell, MV Center for Design Thinking Coordinator, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School
Mary Cantwell, MV Center for Design Thinking Director, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School
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