Leaning in on each other

leaninTippie’s Full-time MBA program hosted a session called “Leaning In: Learning from Each Other.” The session was open to everyone across campus and, as you might have guessed, was motivated by Sheryl Sandberg’s best-selling book “Lean In.”

Our phenomenal panel of women included:

  • Sarah Gardial, Dean of the Tippie College of Business
  • Kathy Dore, Senior Advisor at Proteus International and former President of Entertainment Networks at Rainbow Media and President of Broadcasting at Canwest Media, Inc.
  • Lydia Brown, Partner at Skywalk Group

Professor Nancy Hauserman served as the facilitator during the panel discussion. A large group of students, faculty, and staff from across campus attended and about half of the audience had read Sandberg’s book prior to the session.

The panelists fielded questions from the audience after giving a brief bio of themselves and their impressions after reading Sandberg’s book.

A lot of great advice came out of the session for women. Some of my favorites:

  • Negotiate early and often
  • Always be thinking how you can get to the next level in your career
  • Encourage women to support each other in their careers

After the panel, many of my MBA classmates found they wanted more advice on how to negotiate. This is a traditionally sticky spot for women, and Sandberg discusses it at length in her book. But negotiating things like salary increases is notoriously hard for many women business professionals, no matter how confident they are in their abilities.

Luckily, the full-time MBA program is already in the works to develop a session on negotiation for women. I’m really excited to see how Tippie is constantly evolving to meet the needs of students!

What did you think of Sandberg’s book? Did it make you want to lean in?

Karen Rubel

About Karen Rubel

Karen is a first year MBA Candidate in the Finance Academy at the Tippie School of Management, focusing on Corporate Finance. Prior to joining Tippie, Karen was an Accountant for John Deere and a Senior Assurance Associate for McGladrey. Karen is a CPA and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Criminal Justice from Loras College (2008). She lives in Cedar Rapids with her husband, two kids and two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.