ABOUT THIS SERIES
This is part 3 of a series featuring the voices of women in the executive ranks. The series was inspired by the national dialogue ignited by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s book “Lean In.” With metro Atlanta as a major business hub and Georgia home to 15 Fortune 500 companies, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution wanted to tap into this conversation and provide a platform for an exchange of ideas.
We invited a range of female executives to participate in a roundtable discussion. So we leaned in, listened and brought you this series. Part 1 featured a discussion on the challenges women face as they try to ascend the corporate ladder. Part 2 last Sunday featured the leaders talking about their background and upbringing, looking at what helped them reach the point where they are today.
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Coming Thursday in Living: Readers join the conversation about the challenges women face in the workplace.
ABOUT THE REPORTER
Kelly Yamanouchi has been a business reporter for the AJC since 2008. She joined the paper from the Denver Post, and has also worked at newspapers in San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, Honolulu and other cities.
Yamanouchi grew up in San Jose, Calif. She graduated from Harvard with a B.A. in English before getting her master’s in journalism at Northwestern.
ABOUT THE BOOK
In Sheryl Sandberg’s new book “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead,” the Facebook COO discusses challenges facing women who seek to climb the corporate ladder — not just externally, but also within themselves. She argues that women should “lean in” and be more aggressive to advance their careers, rather than dropping out of the running.
Some have voiced agreement with her advice. Others have questioned the merits of her message for working women who may not have the same means and flexibility as she has to pursue a demanding career path. They argue that more of the focus should be placed on changing workplace practices.