Rachel Thomas, Lean In co-founder, President and co-author of Women in the Workplace, the largest comprehensive study of the state of women in corporate America, addressed over 130 local business leaders in Belfast as part of her tour of the most active Lean In networks in Europe.

Lean in Belfast
Belfast Leadership Team – (l-r) Nuala Murphy, Founder of Lean In Belfast and Lean In Ireland; Mairead Mackle, Sinead Sharkey-Steenson, Gayle Alexander, Lisa Strutt, Rhoda McIntire and Lorraine Nelson

Lean In Belfast has grown to over 3,000 members in the space of just five years, and the audience also heard from the leaders of local circles and how the concept of Lean In has been instrumental to their successes in each of their fields.

Nuala Murphy, founder of Lean In Belfast said; “We are thrilled to have the recognition of all our great work these past five years here across the city and Ireland. With Sheryl Sandberg visiting us in Dublin in January and now Rachel Thomas in Belfast, we are standing proud alongside our colleagues throughout Europe and, indeed, the world, to work towards equality in our workplaces.

“By encouraging and empowering women to achieve their business goals, Lean In provides a supportive, nurturing network that is enabling real success.”

The event was hosted by Allstate in the new building in Lanyon Place, an apt location to showcase how Belfast is a modern city.

Speaking at the event, Rachel Thomas, Lean In co-founder and President said; “I am delighted to be here in Belfast to meet representatives from such a diversity of organisations.”

Rachel said of Lean In; “Companies have an important role to play in reaching gender equality, and we will benefit when they succeed.

“A fairer, more inclusive workplace is good for all employees, and more diverse companies produce better results. Advancing women is not just the right thing to do; it’s the smart thing to do.”


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