February 9, 2015
Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg is teaming up with LinkedIn and the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology to encourage more women to pursue careers in technology.
The goal is one that is near and dear to Sandberg’s heart. She wants to reverse the downward trend of female engineering students.
To advance that goal, the Facebook executive along with LinkedIn and the Anita Borg Institute has launched a worldwide chapter of Sandberg’s Lean in Circles enabling women with technology or engineering career goals to connect with each other and women already in the field.
The new Lean In Computer Science and Engineering (CS&E) Chapter supports women studying computer science and engineering at universities across the globe.
“Careers in computer science and engineering are great for women (and men) — the work is high-impact, flexible, well-paid, and exciting,” Sandberg said in a Facebook post. “Yet female participation in these fields is plummeting; women comprised 35 percent of CS majors in 1985, but make up only 18 percent today. Women are missing out on great jobs and the world is missing out on their great ideas.”
This is where Lean In Circles — small groups that meet regularly to support each other — comes in. The program is all about peer mentorship and community.
To join, simply sign up for an existing circle. Members also have the option of starting a circle of their own and adding it to the CS&E Chapter by clicking ‘request to join.’ Those who join gain access to Lean In’s Circle Hub, where they can access materials and information on Lean In events, along with opportunities to exchange ideas, network and collaborate with other CS&E Chapter members.
Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.