Let's “Lean In” Together

By Suzanne Lazar, student, SUNY Empire State College

September 24, 2015

The “Lean In” concept comes from Sheryl Sandberg’s vision of working together to create a more equal world. Pictured: two Empire State College Lean in participantsAs a student at Empire State College, the independent learning environment can be very appealing, but connecting with students and faculty can play a significant and positive role in our success. How can we do that at Empire State College when there is not a typical campus life and learning is often at a distance? We can “Lean In” together.

What does Leaning In mean? The “Lean In” concept comes from Sheryl Sandberg’s vision of working together to create a more equal world. Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook and author of “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead,” uses her own personal stories and experiences and offers ideas to help women be successful and achieve their goals. Leaning In gives support in the community by encouraging ideas and information as well as sharing stories, support for education by offering online lectures about leadership and communication and support in “Circles.”

“Lean In Circles” are small peer groups and can be held in any kind of setting whether face-to-face or virtually. The concept is for women and men to discuss work/life balance, goals and achievements, offer support to one another and share knowledge to achieve personal, professional and educational goals. The Lean In movement is global and growing bigger every day!

Empire State College has its very first Lean In Circle group at the Latham, New York location and it too is growing! Meetings are held monthly in a casual environment with no pressures of assignments and deadlines, but more so a place to discuss educational goals and career paths as well as increase skills and knowledge on multiple levels, all of which will benefit anyone who attends whether a student, Empire State College alumni or faculty member.

If you are interested joining the Latham, New York location circle, or staring one in your own region, register to attend the “Lean In ESC” panel presentation at the 2015 Student Academic Conference.

To learn more, contact Suzanne_Lazar653@esc.edu.

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