Women’s Caucus Summer Reads.

The women’s caucus is launching our first summer reading group. We have heard from you. You would like to build your expertise on municipal governance and government, and you want to grow your management and leadership skills. We invite you to read with us two books for women in leadership, or women interested in pursuing leadership roles in their communities and in their jobs.

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

(2013) by Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook.

Sheryl Sandberg is an American technology executive, activist, author, and billionaire. She is the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook and founder of Leanin.org. In June 2012, she was elected to Facebook’s board of directors by the existing board members, becoming the first woman to serve on its board.

In the book “Lean In…” Sandberg uses her story- telling methods and her ability to focus in on the key aspects where women struggle to “lean in” to advocate for themselves, and how they can.


Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor: The New Way to Fast-Track Your Career

(2013) by Sylvia Ann Hewlett.

Economist and author, Sylvia Ann Hewlett is a leading expert in the fields of talent management, workplace transformation, diversity, and inclusion. In this book Hewlett shares the contexts in which women lose out in work-place conditions of gender (and other) inequalities. She makes the argument about the importance of finding sponsors – other women, and men — who will advocate on your behalf. The text is filled with ways in which we can rethink our relationship to one another and to those who can be our biggest supporters in the workplace.


Join us as we read, or indeed re-read, these books. The reading group will launch live on Facebook on July 29 and extend until the end of September. Updates and questions for consideration will be posted regularly on our women’s caucus MNL web page and our Facebook page.

For more discussion, self-examination and action planning join us on November 13th for MNL’s first ever Women’s Leadership Summit at the Delta Hotel St. John’s. This event promises to be a unique opportunity for women in municipal government to come together to learn, grow and explore. This summit will re-think how municipal councils are ensuring that leaders and senior staff are advanced, respected and nurtured; how to handle culture challenges and bring in a culture of respect; and how building one’s career can actually influence culture.

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead (2013) by Sheryl Sandberg.
Paperback CDN $9.14.

(The following is a brief description as found on 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.

Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor: The New Way to Fast-Track Your Career (2013) by Sylvia Ann Hewlett. Paperback CDN $25.96.

(The following is a brief description as found on amazon.com)
Who’s pulling for you? Who’s got your back? Who’s putting your hat in the ring? Odds are this person is not a mentor but a sponsor. Mentors can build your self-esteem and provide a sounding board—but they’re not your ticket to the top.
If you’re interested in fast-tracking your career, what you need is a sponsor—a senior-level champion who believes in your potential and is willing to advocate for you as you pursue that next raise or promotion.

In this powerful yet practical book, economist and thought leader Sylvia Ann Hewlett—author of ten critically acclaimed books, including the groundbreaking Off-Ramps and On-Ramps—shows why sponsors are your proven link to success. Mixing solid data with vivid real-life narratives, Hewlett reveals the “two-way street” that makes sponsorship such a strong and mutually beneficial alliance. The seven-step map at the heart of this book allows you to chart your course toward your greatest goals.

Whether you’re looking to lead a company or drive a community campaign, Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor will help you forge the relationships that truly have the power to deliver you to your destination.