Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Sandberg says, "Lean In." Paddison adds, "And kneel down."

Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg's new book, Lean In—Work, Women and the Will to Lead, examines why women aren’t in top corporate leadership positions in proportion to their numbers in the workforce and among college graduates.

The book has spurred many questions for Diane Paddison, author of the recent Work, Love, Pray—a practical treatise for Christian women who feel called both to strong personal lives and a robust career. In response to requests, Diane articulates the Christian perspective:

"For anyone who still associates feminism with burning bras, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg are rebranding the word to mean women who believe the family/career question is not an either-or. Still missing in the conversation, however, is another “and”: Work, relationships and faith. The path to career success, and the successful balance of career and personal life, throw up all the things that faith alone can fully balance: decisions, sacrifice, hard work, relationships, ethics, setbacks, heartbreaks, family, politics, promotions, illness, failure, leadership . . . the list is long and the women who stand tallest know something about kneeling. Among the most powerful women in high-level leadership—Condelezza Rice, Meg Whitman, even Marissa Mayer says she puts God first—are many who know how to pray."

Diane Paddison, Harvard MBA, chief strategy officer at Cassidy Turley, and two times the only female member of the executive team at a Fortune 500 company. She’s also a wife, mother and Christian. Author of Work, Love, Pray—a practical guide to help women balance faith, family and work—Diane created 4word, a city-by-city and online community of career women. A frequent speaker at national events, Diane speaks to women who feel called to home and career, and to the corporations that need them.

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