Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

Downloading a Kindle copy today of the new book by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg today felt like my birthday, only instead of cake and getting older, I felt inspired and lighter. Even though I’m an author and love book reviews on my work, I rarely take the time myself to leave a review. Today was different. I felt it important to write a review of “Lean In”. If you’ve read the book let me know what you think!

Kindle & Hardcover Available on Amazon. My Kindle highlights and notes are online as well.

Sheryl Sandberg Lean InMy review:

Listen, not everyone is going to like this book. It may make some people uncomfortable either with themselves or their environment. Some people may claim that this book is all about making women feel they haven’t pushed far enough into board rooms or into C-Suites. I have read this book, and as a highly successful solo-business owner that ditched corporate to rise higher, it **really** hit home. Not every woman WANTS to run a company (big or small) or even work outside her home, but every woman needs to have the right to be a leader in every capacity she wants. The book’s message above all else is that no matter your background, education, upbringing or position of power in the workplace or your family is that as women we NEED to know that any choice we make will be met with the same enthusiasm and respect that our men counterparts enjoy.

There was a perfect mix of research data, personal / professional stories from Ms. Sandberg, and other professional women’s stories at all levels of leadership. While the author is in a much different professional position than I am, I still found the content very relatable as I too identify as a ‘geek’ that has ignored (or been naive to) the obstacles in my way – either externally or by my own doing. I also appreciate her request that men also read the book to understand the struggles that modern women face everyday that, even with the best of intentions, men often don’t recognize. Men and women are not the same, she as well as I admit this, but in the workplace and the world the idea that each person be allowed to work and lead to their best capacity and contribute EQUALLY to our environment.

I bought this on Kindle so I could start reading it immediately, but I will go back and purchase the hardcover because I see myself making a lot of dog-eared pages and notes in the margins – and then passing it along to other women in my network to act as a catalyst and inspiration to all who read it.

- Lynette Young (Owner, Purple Stipe Productions | Founder, Women of Google+ | Author, Google+ for Small Businesses)

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The Women of Social Media Report – Digital Women Influencer Study

No surprise here! Women are the dominant force using social media channels today and marketers are taking notice! This report issued by Weber Shandwick and KRC Research highlights some of the key statistics in social media use and purpose by North American women today.

Recent research from Pew Research Center found that the percentage of female Internet users who use social networking sites well exceeds that of men (75% vs. 63%, respectively) and women are also more active in their use of these sites. Women are the “low-hanging fruit” of social media today and deserve closer attention from marketers.

The Women Of Social Media

The Women of Google+

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Makers Documentary from PBS & AOL

As women, we strive to make a difference in the world from our own personal lives to the global view. While Women of Google+ isn’t involved in this program, it looks to be a brilliant documentary for everyone to watch.

MAKERS.com is a dynamic digital platform produced by filmmakers Dyllan McGee, Betsy West, and Peter Kunhardt, developed by AOL, showcasing hundreds of compelling stories from women of today and tomorrow. This historic video initiative features exclusive access to trailblazing women – both known and unknown.

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Announcing the Women of Google+ Community

I’m happy to announce that Women of Google+ finally has a place we can come together as a community, meet one another, have conversations, and explore Google+. Of course I stayed up until 2am to get the Women of Google+ Community up and configured! In a matter of hours (and in the middle of the night) we have well over 100 members already.  Click on the logo below or here to be taken to the G+Community. You wil need a Google+ account (of course) to join. Membership is public and open to all, but I am moderating / approving entries. I have restricted it to women only and have started to publish a few ‘rules’ so please be mindful of them.

Women of Google+ Community Guidelines

Women of Google+ was created on a spark of an idea and has quickly turned into a much more than just a way to discover brilliant women using Google+. Women of Google+ has evolved into a destination to learn, share and explore what it takes to thrive on social networking platforms both personally and professionally.


PROMOTION posts: Sales pitches or spamming will get you kicked out. If you would like to promote your work, event, business, etc. feel free to place it under the PROMOTION category. Just don’t abuse it, thanks!

INTRODUCTION posts: With everyone jumping into G+ Communities, there will be a lot of introductions going on. Please see to post yours under the INTRODUCTION threads, thanks!

For now, all I can moderate is English. I don’t have the ability to start separate groups for other languages, nor do I want to manage other moderators. Please feel free to start a community of your own in your own language.

Women of Google+ Community

About Google+ Communities

From photography to astronomy (and everything in between), Google+ has always been a place to crowd around common interests and meet new people. What’s been missing, however, are more permanent homes for all the stuff you love: the wonderful, the weird, and yes, even the things that are waaay out there. With Google+ Communities there’s now a gathering place for your passions, including:

  • Public or private membership to support all kinds of groups—from topics and interests to local neighborhoods to regular poker nights
  • Discussion categories to find the conversations you care about most
  • The option to start hangouts and plan events with community members
  • The ability to share with your community from any +1 button across the web

To find out more about G+Communities be sure to visit the official announcement from Google.



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Interview with Aliza Sherman : Professional Women of G+ Series

Women of Google+ is hosting Google+ Hangouts to provide an opportunity to discuss issues and topics that matter to you with others that find it important also.

Date & Time:

Monday March 5, 2012 @ 9 pm (Eastern Time US)

Tune in on Monday March 5, 2012 at 9pm EST on +Lynette Young‘s Google+ stream to watch the interview LIVE!! We will be taking questions as well. This LIVE HOA will be recorded and archived on YouTube for later viewing.

Hangout Topic : Interview with Aliza Sherman

The Women of G+ Professional Women Series is designed for professional and entrepreneurial women to learn and support each other while thriving in business.

Aliza ShermanTonight’s +Women of Google+ Live Hangout on Air show is featuring Aliza Sherman. Aliza is a Web Pioneer, an international keynote speaker, author of nine books, and a digital strategist since 1992.

She speaks and writes about the Internet, digital media, social mobile marketing, online communities and the future of tech. She was recently invited to speak about social and mobile marketing in Germany and Russia.

Aliza is well known for her expertise on the topic of women’s technology and business issues. She founded the first woman-owned, full-service Internet company – Cybergrrl, Inc. – in 1995, and the first global Internet networking group for women – Webgrrls International. Newsweek named her one of the “Top 50 People Who Matter Most on the Internet that same year.” Fast Company named her one of the “Most Powerful Women in Technology” in 2009 for her blogging.

Her latest books are The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Crowdsourcing and Mom, Incorporated. Her session with her Mom, Incorporated co-author Danielle Smith is brought to you by the Wine Sisterhood.

She runs her consulting business from her home in Alaska where she lives with her husband, a wildlife biologist; their 5 year old daughter; and two dogs – an Alaska sled dog and a Chihuahua. She’s a big fan of Karaoke, Zumba, and Pinterest.

Find out more about Aliza at:

Hangout Status : “Hangout On Air”

To view this Hangout, at 9 pm EST (or your local time equivalent) go to Lynette’s Google+ stream and look for the video player. Just click PLAY to watch the hangout LIVE! Depending on the topic, we will be inviting in viewers to participate in the hangout as well.

Don’t worry if you can’t make it in the Hangout or carve an hour out at this time. Because there is limited room for participants in a Google+ Hangout, we will be streaming live – called Hangout On Air. The show will also be recorded for future viewing and available on the Women of Google+ YouTube channel.

Need more info on what a Hangout on Air is? Visit Lynette’s post on the topic (link here).

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