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Women – especially women of color – continue to be vastly underrepresented in leadership positions. The COVID-19 crisis has proven to be a particular burden on working women, who left the workforce in droves to care for children or relatives. But, now, have remote work and increased public discourse about racial discrimination opened new windows of opportunities for aspiring women leaders? In this episode of the Lean In podcast – entitled “Tilted” – Shellye Archambeau, one of Silicon Valley’s first Black women CEOs, and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg discuss female leadership in a post-pandemic world.

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Women need to pursue their ambitions, but they also need strong allies.

When Shellye Archambeau started her career, she found it more effective to aim two or three levels above her current position instead of telling people she wanted to become a CEO. Expressing her ambition in terms of more reachable mid-term goals made it easier for Archambeau to find the support she needed to keep climbing.

However, top leaders must step up to make sure that women of color gain promotion at the same rates as their white male colleagues. Companies can achieve this only by making diversity a core focus of their corporate strategy. For example, Facebook requires leaders to interview qualified candidates from diverse...

About the Podcast

“Tilted” explores topics at the intersection of gender and culture. Here, podcast host Rachel Thomas talks with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and the former CEO of MetricStream, Shellye Archambeau.


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