There’s been plenty of talk generated about Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s book “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” and her stance on what women can do to break through the glass ceiling. She questions why progress in achieving leadership positions for women has stalled and offers advice on how women can “lean in” to improve their own opportunities in the workforce.

Sandberg maintains that women are still facing invisible and subconscious barriers in the workplace, sometimes in the form of self-sabotage.She insists that women should “lean in” to their careers, especially when they have kids, instead of saying no to new opportunities.

“We hold ourselves back in ways both big and small, by lacking self-confidence, by not raising our hands, and by pulling back when we should be leaning in,” she writes. Sandberg wants women to take on a “collective self-awareness exercise,” urging them to join a “Lean In Circle”.

Orijen has been running “Lean In” circles for the past five years, in the form of our Executive Women’s Business Future Leaders Program.

The power of the “Lean In Circle” in building confidence in mid career and senior professional women is immeasurable. Circles provide a unique opportunity, a safe place for women to share their challenges and support each other with real, practical advice. It’s what women do best

With only a few spaces left in the 2013-14 Executive Women’s Business (EWB) Future Leaders Program, starting this September, now is the time to apply! Applications close 5pm Friday 30 August.

Contact us today to indicate your interest in the next EWB Future Leaders Program, and taking control of your own career growth by participating in a “Lean In Circle”.