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Bita Esmaeli
Taking Risks

An ophthalmic plastic surgeon reflects on her past and the valuable lessons learned along the way.

Bita Esmaeli Ophthalmic Plastic Surgeon
Elizabeth Travis
Story - Stage of Life

A scientist discusses the lean in and lean out experiences that she remembers most vividly.

Elizabeth Travis Scientist
Andrea Saul
Story - Stage of Life

A leader is let go from her job and uses it as an opportunity to lean in and move up.

Andrea Saul Lean In, Communications
Amy Mallia
Finding Balance

About to move cross-country, a woman receives a surprising offer.

Amy Mallia Communications/Diversity Director
Cathy Marsh

Cathy Marsh discusses her journey from growing up in public housing to becoming a partner in one of the world's leading law firms.

Cathy Marsh Partner
Ellenore Angelidis
Partner Stories

Following a battle with cancer and a layoff, a mother moves her family across the country for an exciting new career opportunity.

Ellenore Angelidis EU Legal Director
Jeanne Reidy
Story - Stage of Life

A driven woman writes about how her mother inspired her, and how she hopes to do the same for others through her work at Lean In.

Jeanne Reidy Lean In, Operations
Toshihiko Irisumi
Member Stories

One man sets out to tackle gender inequality in Japan.

Toshihiko Irisumi Founder & CEO
Karyn Twaronite
Offers & Negotiations

A determined executive leans in to become a partner at a prestigious firm.

Karyn Twaronite Partner
Mary Brutovski
Taking Risks

One woman makes the courageous decision to come out.

Mary Brutovski Director, Communications
Vanessa Floyd
Starting Out

An ambitious woman starts her career in politics.

Vanessa Floyd Intern
Shweta Sugnani
Member Stories

One woman turns negative words into a positive future.

Shweta Sugnani Student

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