Sauvé Fellow Alia Whitney-Johnson is Project Manager of the #Lean-In Together campaign

Alia is excited to announce the campaign for gender equality she has been working on is LIVE! And we are excited for her!
Any idea what Oprah, Beyonce, Richard Branson, Sheryl Sandberg, Hugh Jackman, John Legend, and the NBA have in common? They are all participating in #LeanInTogether, a campaign Alia is managing that officially launched on Thursday, 5 March

When Men Lean In For Equality, They Win–And So Does Everyone Else

#LeanInTogether is a campaign focused on men and their important role in reaching gender equality emphasizing that:
Children with involved fathers are happier, healthier, and more successful.
Couples that share responsibilities have stronger marriages.
Diverse teams and companies produce better results.

Alia joined Lean In six months ago. She writes “The biggest initiative I’ve undertaken while at Lean In has been managing this campaign… and it has been quite a ride! With a tiny team of 8, we’ve tackled a lot (it certainly helps to have Sheryl Sandberg’s name behind you!). Tomorrow, March 5th, you will see us on the Google homepage, in the New York Times, in posts by major influencers on LinkedIn, and, if I’ve done my job well, all over Facebook”.  (There is never any question that Alia does her job well.)
“I hope you’ll take a minute to check out our website, as well as the PSA the NBA put together and this amazing short piece with Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Lena Dunham as they reflect on the men who helped them lean in.”

Alia also paid touching tribute to her father:
“The man I most want to celebrate today with the launch of is my dad John Johnson. My dad built my school so I could have a dream education. He was there to teach me to ride my horse, and an active participant in all of my school projects (including a science fair project where I clothes-pinned voltmeter electrodes to his fingers — yes, I did that). He drove me around [North Carolina] to wholesale gem shows to supply my childhood jewelry business (and tried to help me negotiate with vendors; but, I’m pretty sure my 9-year-old self was more up on the price of different grades of gemstones). He’s been there to ship thousands of pounds of donated beads to the girls of Emerge Global. My dad has always encouraged me to go for my goals, to love the world openly, and to believe that I can do anything, even when I didn’t believe in myself. As he told me when I was learning to ride, ‘if you fall off, you gotta get back up and ride.'”

Lean In
The book Lean In is focused on encouraging women to pursue their ambitions, and changing the conversation from what we can’t do to what we can do. LeanIn.Org is the next chapter.

Selected Links
How Men Can Succeed in the Boardroom and the Bedroom
(New York Times Sunday Review) IT’S easy to see how women benefit from equality — more leadership positions, better pay at work and more support at home. Men may fear that as women do better, they will do worse. But the surprising truth is that equality is good for men, too.
(Business Insider) Sheryl Sandberg and the NBA are getting men and women to ‘Lean In Together’
(TIME) Sheryl Sandberg Wants Men to Lean In, Too
ABC pre-launch feature: NBA Teams With Sheryl Sandberg to ‘Lean In’ for Women and Equality
(People) Lean In Together: Beyoncé, Hugh Jackman and More Join Sheryl Sandberg’s Gender Equality Movement
(BBC) What impact has Lean In had on women?

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