Beyond Leaning In: Allyship Across Genders and Generations

1-Hour Breakout Session
Wednesday, May 11 from 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. ET
ECQ 5: Building Coalitions
Attendees Can Earn 1 CPE Credit

Much of the advice for professional women and people of color focus on the need to lean in, but what about the barriers to doing so, or the unequal rewards (and even penalties) when women do lean in?  

Achieving equity requires that women and men work together to tackle systemic and cultural challenges and examine how these look different for rising leaders compared to previous generations. 

In this session, led by Melanie Ho, Author of Beyond Leaning In: Gender Equity & What Organizations are Up Against, we’ll discuss the major challenges that women face as they advance the career ladder.  We’ll also look at what’s needed for individuals across genders and generations to collaborate with one another and create more equitable workplaces. This session is designed for both women and allies.

Key Takeaway: In this session, you’ll hear from a diversity and career expert about how to navigate as a woman and/or person of color.

Relevant Competencies: Team Building, Influencing/Negotiating


Melanie Ho, Author, Beyond Leaning In: Gender Equity & What Organizations are Up Against

Melanie Ho (she/her/hers) is the author of Beyond Leaning In: Gender Equity & What Organizations are Up Against, a unique business book written as a novel. 

She is also the founder of Strategic Imagination, a firm dedicated to drawing on the power of the imaginative arts to drive transformational change.

She believes that today’s wicked problems won’t be solved unless we find new ways of getting past trapped mindsets—and that the tools of fiction, theatre, and the visual arts can help pave the way.

Across the past 20+ years, Melanie has delivered over a thousand presentations to a wide range of audience sizes and types. Her experience includes facilitating retreats for chief executives; addressing 1000+-person audiences; and appearing on NPR, CBS, and NBC. She has presented to campus leadership teams at dozens of universities including Harvard, Columbia, Cornell, Georgetown, NYU, UCLA, UC Berkeley, Rutgers, Case Western, Auburn, Penn State, and more.

Twitter: @melanieho13