Paducah Bank is partnering with Murray State University to lead an 11-week discussion around the Sheryl Sandberg book, “Lean In.” The first discussion, regarding chapter one, will begin at 12 p.m. on June 11 at the MSU Paducah Campus. The group will meet every Thursday through August 20, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Seating is limited to fifty participants and open to Paducah Bank customers first. Each participant will receive a complimentary copy of the book and free lunch. To reserve a seat, please contact Susan Guess at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eleven Paducah women who are changemakers in our community have been invited to lead chapter discussions. Those women, in chapter order, are Dr. Evelyn Jones, owner of Wellsprings Dermatology; Kijsa Housman, artist and small business owner; Angela Copland, revenue manager for the City of Paducah ; Darlene Mazzone, president of Mazzone Communications; Erin Hendley, owner of f.a.c.e. Makeup Artistry; Sandra Wilson, president of the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce and Paducah City Commissioner; Dr. Barbara Veazey, president of West Kentucky Community and Technical College; Tammy Zimmerman, CEO of Payments Plus; Kelly Scruggs, partner of Williams, Williams & Lentz accounting firm; Susan Guess, MSU Board of Regents and senior vice president of marketing for Paducah Bank; and Mayor Gayle Kaler.
“The idea is to bring women together in discussion with other women who are leaders in the community,” says Abigail French, director of the MSU Women’s Center. “I think it’s important for women to see and interact with these leaders to get an idea of the important roles they play in the community and to have someone to look up to as a mentor.”
Guess, who led a chapter discussion at the Murray State University main campus last month, said the bank decided to host the series in Paducah after seeing the impact it had in Murray. “The greatest takeaway, for me, was that if we see an injustice in the world, no matter if we are male or female, we must stand up and let our voice be heard,” said Guess. “I believe that the real message about ‘leaning in’ is about facing our fears and doing things we are uncomfortable with. I think that is where we grow and achieve at our highest level, and I think that is where the magic happens.”
According to Amazon.com, “Thirty years after women became 50 percent of the college graduates in the United States, men still hold the vast majority of leadership positions in government and industry. This means that women’s voices are still not heard equally in the decisions that most affect our lives. In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg examines why women’s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and offers compelling, commonsense solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential.
Sandberg is the chief operating officer of Facebook and is ranked on Fortune’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and as one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2010, she gave an electrifying TEDTalk in which she described how women unintentionally hold themselves back in their careers. Her talk, which became a phenomenon and has been viewed more than two million times, encouraged women to “sit at the table,” seek challenges, take risks, and pursue their goals with gusto. In Lean In, Sandberg digs deeper into these issues, combining personal anecdotes, hard data, and compelling research to cut through the layers of ambiguity and bias surrounding the lives and choices of working women. She recounts her own decisions, mistakes, and daily struggles to make the right choices for herself, her career, and her family. She provides practical advice on negotiation techniques, mentorship, and building a satisfying career, urging women to set boundaries and to abandon the myth of “having it all.” She describes specific steps women can take to combine professional achievement with personal fulfillment and demonstrates how men can benefit by supporting women in the workplace and at home. Written with both humor and wisdom, Sandberg’s book is an inspiring call to action and a blueprint for individual growth. Lean In is destined to change the conversation from what women can’t do to what they can.”