“Real Talk” about What Women Face at Work

Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2024
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Reception Immediately following
Location: Clark-Fox Forum in Hillman Hall
(Danforth Campus) & Virtual

Many professional women are familiar with the advice to lean in, but what about the obstacles that make it hard to do so? All too often, the “real talk” about the challenges that professional women face happens behind closed doors, which makes it difficult to navigate and understand our experiences. This session, based on Dr. Melanie Ho’s award-winning book BEYOND LEANING IN, is an engaging and empowering discussion that can include women and allies partnering together for gender equity. We’ll explore systemic and cultural obstacles that need to be overcome to create more equitable environments where all professional women can thrive.

*This session is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and available in-person or virtual via Zoom.


Melanie Ho, Ph.D. is an award-winning author and professional speaker who combines over 20 years of leadership experience in complex organizations with her perspective as an artist and multi-media storyteller. Her recent book, Beyond Leaning In: Gender Equity and What Organizations are Up Against, received a silver medal in the 2022 Axiom Awards recognizing the world’s best business books, and has been acclaimed by Kirkus Reviews as “an engaging evolution of Sheryl Sandberg’s ‘Lean In’ mantra.”

Full bio here

Melanie delivers unique workshops and keynotes that help audiences achieve bolder transformations by starting with today’s most important leadership concepts and then bringing them to life through the power of art and storytelling. Prior to her current work, Melanie served as SVP of Research at EAB Global, an education technology and services firm in Washington, DC (formerly part of The Advisory Board Company), where she led a team of 100+ consultants that provided strategic and operational advice to 1500+ higher education institutions worldwide.

Also a visual artist, Melanie has drawn dozens of comics about the challenges that women face at work. She received her PhD in English from UCLA, where she taught literature, visual culture, and leadership and earned the Distinguished Teaching Award.


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