Russell Reynolds Associates Supports Lean In as a Platform Partner

Global Search and Assessment Firm Participates in Lean In Programs As Part of Commitment to Diversity in C-Suites and Boardrooms

NEW YORK--()--Global executive search and assessment firm Russell Reynolds Associates announced today that it is supporting as a platform partner Lean In, an online platform that offers women the information and system of support they need to pursue their ambitions. Russell Reynolds Associates’ participation in Lean In’s programs is rooted in the firm’s commitment to diversifying executive teams and board rooms around the globe.

“At Russell Reynolds Associates, we support women “leaning in” to their ambitions,” says Jana Rich, Global Co-Leader of the Digital Transformation Practice at Russell Reynolds Associates. “We are proud that nearly one third of the executives we recruit onto leadership teams and boards are women.”

Sparked by Sheryl Sandberg’s book “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead,” Lean In’s programs are a continuation of her vision and that of like-minded men and women for a more equal world. All profits of the book go toward funding Lean In’s activities.

“Lean In combines the best of social networking, online learning and small peer groups to create a community that can move us towards a more equal world,” said Sheryl Sandberg, a co-founder of Lean In and the chief operating office of Facebook. “As we start using the talents of the entire population, our institutions will be more productive, our homes will be happier, and our children will no longer be held back by narrow stereotypes.”

The Lean In platform provides a global community for exchange of ideas, education materials produced in partnership with the Clayment Institute at Stanford, as well as meeting circles that are powered by Mightybell for small groups to meet monthly.

“We hope women and men everywhere decide to lean in. When people come together around a common goal, it creates opportunities for real change,” said Rachel Thomas, co-founder and president of Lean In. “Our goal is to offer a growing library of free world-class education and support materials for individuals and organizations to use in ways that are valuable and meaningful to them.”

“Given our Silicon Valley roots, we wanted to not just build a website, but to create an interactive community,” said Gina Bianchini, the founder of Mightybell and a co-founder of Lean In. “Unlike traditional group software, which isolates instead of connects, we wanted to harness the power of Mightybell by linking the Lean In Circles to a larger network, without sacrificing the privacy of individual conversations.”

About Lean In

Sparked by Sheryl Sandberg's book “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead,” LeanIn.Org consists of three integrated programs. 1) Lean In Community brings women and men together to share stories and have daily conversations around topics that will help them achieve their goals. 2) Lean In Education offers access to free online lectures, produced in collaboration with the Clayman Institute for Gender Studies at Stanford University, on topics including creating successful teams, combating gender bias, negotiating, and advocating for your ideas. 3) Lean In Circles are small groups that meet monthly to learn together and share experiences in an atmosphere of confidentiality and trust. For more information, visit www.LeanIn.Org or

About Russell Reynolds Associates

Leadership, Succession and Search

Russell Reynolds Associates is a global leader in assessment, recruitment and succession planning for CEOs, boards of directors and key roles within the C-suite. With more than 300 consultants in 41 offices around the globe, our dynamic teams and action-oriented approach help our clients develop goals, define appropriate roles and fill leadership gaps. We work closely with both public and private organizations across all industries and regions to build boards and executive teams that can meet the challenges and opportunities presented by the digital, economic, environmental and political trends reshaping the business landscape.


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Global executive search and assessment firm Russell Reynolds Associates announced today that it is supporting as a platform partner


Taylor Smith, 212-508-9627