DALLAS, March 18, 2015 – Lean In launches its new initiative #LeanInTogether with the support of YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization), the largest not-for-profit, global network of young chief executives, and WYN (Women’s YPO Network) connecting more than 1,000 female chief executives globally to foster better leaders through education and idea exchange. #LeanInTogether is a public awareness campaign, in partnership with the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), focused on men and their important role in reaching gender equality.
In 2013, YPO and the Women’s YPO Network partnered with Sheryl Sandberg and her organization, Lean In, to address the stalled percentage of women in business leadership roles in the past 10 years. Lean In launches its new initiative #LeanInTogether this month with the support of YPO and WYN. The campaign encourages men to “show the world they’re for equality” and women to “celebrate men leaning in for equality” by posting with the hashtag #LeanInTogether.
“Fathers who are involved in all aspects of their children’s lives — including caregiving, ultimately have better relationships with their children and stronger marriages,” says WYN Chair, Cynthia Cleveland. “I know this both from research and my own life!”
More than three decades after women became 50 percent of college graduates in the United States, women constitute just 5 percent of S&P 500 CEOs and only 19 percent of U.S. Congressional seats. As women who have beaten the odds in business, WYN members of YPO are in a strong position to influence the next generation of women leaders. WYN actively endorses #LeanInTogether’s public awareness campaign, focusing on how men benefit from supporting women and achieve happier marriages, more successful children and better team outcomes — and provides practical information on how men can do their part at home and at work.
“Men should support their wives and daughters at home and their female colleagues in the workplace, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it’s great for them,” said Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and founder of LeanIn.Org. “From stronger marriages and healthier, happier children to better outcomes at work, the benefits of men leaning in for equality are huge.”
The Women’s YPO Network provides a unique forum for women leaders to share successes, challenges and experiences and is comprised of female-run companies that employ more than 42,000 people, have a combined revenue of US$6 trillion and represent 25 industries in 68 countries. To learn more about the benefits of membership, visit YPO.org. To learn more about the WYN Network, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdaxgT5jHww&feature=youtu.be.
YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization) is a not-for-profit, global network of young chief executives connected through the shared mission of becoming Better Leaders Through Education and Idea ExchangeTM. Founded in 1950, YPO today provides 22,000 peers and their families in more than 125 countries with access to unique experiences, extraordinary educational resources, access to alliances with leading institutions, and participation in specialized networks to support their business, community and personal leadership. Altogether, YPO member-run companies employ more than 15 million people around the world and generate US$6 trillion in annual revenues. For more information, visit www.ypo.org.
LeanIn.org is the nonprofit organization founded by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to empower all women to achieve their ambitions. LeanIn.Org offers inspiration and support through an online community, free expert lectures and Lean In Circles, small peer groups who meet regularly to share and learn together. Since the organization’s launch in March 2013 — following the release of the bestselling book, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead — the LeanIn.Org community has grown to over 500,000 women and men and more than 22,000 Lean In Circles in almost 100 countries. LeanIn.Org is a private operating nonprofit organization under IRS section 501(c)(3).
The NBA is a global sports and media business built around three professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association and the NBA Development League. The league has established a major international presence with offices in 13 markets worldwide, games and programming in 215 countries and territories in 47 languages, and NBA merchandise for sale in more than 125,000 stores in 100 countries on 6 continents. NBA rosters at the start of the 2014-15 season featured a record 101 international players from 37 countries and territories. NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV, which is available in 60 million U.S. homes, and NBA.com, which recorded 26.9 billion page views during the 2013-14 season, with more than half of all visitors originating from outside of North America. The NBA is the No. 1 professional sports league on social media, with more than 780 million likes and followers globally across all league, team and player platforms. Through NBA Cares, the league and its teams and players have donated more than $242 million to charity, completed more than 3 million hours of hands-on community service, and created more than 915 places where kids and families can live, learn or play.