Lean On and Lead by Shay Chan Hodges

Lean On and Lead, Mothering and Work in the 21st Century Economy, is a multi-layered, interactive, and robust collection of first person narratives that provide a deep and personal portrayal of what it takes to significantly participate in the 21st century economy while raising children. By presenting over thirty candid and compelling interviews with working…

cover225x225Lean On and Lead, Mothering and Work in the 21st Century Economy, is a multi-layered, interactive, and robust collection of first person narratives that provide a deep and personal portrayal of what it takes to significantly participate in the 21st century economy while raising children.

By presenting over thirty candid and compelling interviews with working women, mothers, and fathers, and including embedded interactive widgets, Lean On and Lead addresses the personal, economic, and cultural issues that impact parents. The interactive ebook presents perspectives from women and parents working in a variety of fields, and includes six interviews with fathers. Interviewees include medical and health care professionals, media executives, educators from middle school through college, an attorney, a software CEO, a transit worker, a venture capitalist, engineers, an inventor, women in the biotech industry, a vice president in renewable energy, the managing director of a social venture startup, a union organizer, a campus abstinence advocate, a student/entrepreneur, a U.S. Senator, and other elected officials.

This second update to Lean On and Lead (1.2) introduces our Family-Centered Design℠ framework. This is just what it sounds like — a conceptual framework for designing as much of our society and economy as possible around the real needs of families such as those whose stories are told in this book. We are working to apply Family-Centered Design thinking to the reshaping of institutions, companies, services, products, infrastructures and education to fit the needs of the family rather than the other way around. Lean On and Lead (1.2) is a crucial, interactive tool that will engage readers in this process.

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Empowering”

A five star review by Cherry-baker

The decision to have children was relatively easy. The decisions I had to make to provide care for my children while I worked outside the home were agonizing.  Although I am grateful for the support I received from friends and family, it was a difficult time. In Lean On ad Lead, Shay Chan Hodges explores the culture of working mothers in America. Reading her book reminded me of the hard choices I made to ensure that my children were well cared for and that my job prospects remained intact.  More than that, the book helped me to envision a society where such trade-offs do not have to be made, and where the support of working mothers (and fathers) and their children is integrated into the work ethic. As I progressed through Lean On and Lead, I not only felt validated in my past struggles, I felt encouraged to work to change this antiquated system.
I also enjoyed the whole process of reading Lean On and Lead! The interactive format of the ebook made the delivery of facts, data, charts, and graphs interesting and manageable. The interviews spoke to my heart and this human element effectively counterbalanced the flow of “hard data.” I am more knowledge and feel more empowered after reading Lean On and Lead. I highly recommend this book to anyone who cares deeply about the status of American women in the workplace today.

About the Author

Shay Chan Hodges is the author of Lean On and Lead, Mothering and Work in the 21st Century Economy, an interactive and robust collection of first person narratives that provides a deep and personal portrayal of what it takes to significantly participate in the 21st century economy while raising children.

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Shay Chan Hodges is available for consulting about Family-Centered Design℠ thinking strategies, as well as for speaking engagements.

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