About Lean In Circles
Supplementing and extending the wildly popular book, Lean In, by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandburg, Lean In Circles have emerged as a powerful source of support, inspiration, and empowerment. During these gatherings, people of all genders and gender expressions come together to engage in dialogue about barriers women face to leading.
In spring 2015, we are continuing the power and support of the Lean In Circle we first brought to LSU in fall 2014. All students, faculty, and staff at LSU, the LSU Law Center, and the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine are invited and encouraged to participate free of charge.
- Friday, January 23
- Friday, February 27
- Friday, March 27
- Friday, April 24
Keeping the Dialogue Going
Since there is about a month between each meeting, an online communication platform called Mightybell will be used to keep members talking. Mightybell allows the Circle members to have a greater control over the direction of the group’s conversation between meetings and will also allow members who cannot make the monthly in-person meetings to stay connected to the information the group is sharing, including videos.
To get started, visit the Mightybell Registration page and select the LSU circle called “LSU Women Lead.” Click “sign up” at the bottom of the page, enter your information, and click “sign up” again.
About Geaux Lead
The Geaux Lead Retreat is an intensive, 4-day, off-campus leadership development experience offered annually in May at an off campus retreat center. Students must register in advance for this retreat.
See more from the 2013 Geaux Lead Retreat.
Geaux Lead is open to all students (including undergraduates, graduate students, and those enrolled at the Paul M. Hebert Law School and the School of Veterinary Medicine).
Students must be in good conduct standing with the University.
What Participants Are Saying
“I think the greatest learning moment for me, was seeing how people’s strengths and personalities played out on the ropes course. I had never completed a high ropes course before and it was both challenging and encouraging.” –Participant, May 2013
“This was a LIFE CHANGING experience, and I feel that even those words aren’t enough to describe all of the feelings and emotions I have when thinking about this retreat. I have met AMAZING people who I can sincerely call my friends, and have found new facets of myself, both as a leader and as a citizen of the world that I cannot wait to explore. Thank you again for providing opportunities for us to push ourselves and opportunities for us to allow ourselves to be encouraged and carried by our peers.” -Mercedes Townsend, May 2013
“I feel more comfortable with myself and what my strengths are so that I can focus them to accomplish more.” –Bryce Bourgeois, May 2013
“After attending the Geaux Lead Retreat, I feel like I was given information to learn more about my strengths and the strengths of others. I now think I am prepared to work better in groups by looking for other people’s strengths instead of weaknesses.” –Morgan Matchett, May 2013
The Geaux Lead retreat is open to all students regardless of major or classification.
When attending Geaux Lead, students will develop their knowledge of leadership with
- An introduction to foundational principles of leadership
- General knowledge of leadership styles and effective approaches to leading
- An understanding of individual talents and strengths utilizing the Gallup StrengthsFinder
- Activities testing group dynamics and teaching how to work within systems, and
- Activities that increase understanding of human difference, diversity, and identity development
According to surveys from previous Geaux Lead retreats, students report learning more about themselves as leaders and effective group members, as well as, having a better appreciation for each other’s differences.