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With Mother’s Day coming up, I thought it would be even more appropriate to bring up Sheryl Sandberg’s book, LEAN IN. I actually attended a LEAN IN women’s event this morning that was put on by some very powerful women in Cleveland, and the discussions resonated with me throughout the rest of my day. In case you have been living under a rock for the last year or so, or just happen to be a busy mom, Sheryl is the CEO at Facebook. Prior to that, she was VP of Global Online Sales and Ops at Google, and chief of staff at the US Treasury Department. She is married with two kids and sounds like an absolute powerhouse will a killer professional background.

The concept of this book is what initiated the discussion today. There was a huge focus on women being leaders in whatever it is they choose to do, heard equally when impacting big decisions, and not unintentionally holding themselves back. The messages from the book got a lot of women opening up today regarding not judging other women for their decisions, supporting other women instead of holding them back, and not judging other women for their decisions even if it’s not the same route that you would take. Another huge discussion point was around balancing everything that women juggle in life. Men don’t usually get asked the question, “How do you do it all?” But women hear that question in so many words pretty frequently.

I don’t consider myself a feminist, but I do believe in the message behind this book and think that we should take the time to read the book or check out some of the articles that Sheryl has written. It’s empowering to read and gives a new outlook on balancing ambition and passion with everything else in your life.