Archive | March 2014

An E-Reader’s Review of ‘Lean In – Women, Work And the Will to Lead’ by Sheryl Sandberg

For those of you who don’t know, I am Canadian. In keeping with the generally-accepted stereotype of Canada, hockey is a pretty popular sport in this country. During the Sochi games, Canucks of all ages watched the Canadian Women’s Olympic hockey team win the gold medal in, arguably, one of the most exciting hockey games in Canadian history.

Why do I bring this up? Well, my daughters’ school allowed the children to watch the hockey game during school hours (THIS is how important hockey is to us). My 9 year old came home that day, very excited about the win, and exclaimed “The boys at school say that if the women can win gold, the men will definitely win gold when they play”.


Now don’t get me wrong. My national pride wanted the Canadian Men’s Olympic hockey team to bring home the gold too. But at that moment, my feminist pride shot up to stark attention. How do these young children learn these gender biases? What does my daughter feel when she hears things like that? And why on earth was this bothering me so much? It bothered me because of Sheryl Sandberg, author of “Lean In – Women, Work, and the Will to Lead”.

I’ve read a lot of books that provide practical guidance for women who strive to reach the top. But in my opinion, this book isn’t like the others. Sure, on a very basic level, Sandberg stokes feminist fire to urge women to lean into their career and reach for the top. She shares her personal failures and successes, and even provides a few applicable tips. But this book is so much more than a how-to guide. This book is like an onion with multiple layers that need to be peeled apart. In her book, she probes through the mess and gets to the heart of why, she believes, there are not enough women leaders – the role society plays, the role the current leadership landscape plays, and the role we ourselves play.

Everyone who has read this book has an opinion about Sandberg’s position. The funny thing is I find myself having two opinions on this book. When I read this book as a career woman, I come away with one viewpoint. When I read this book as a mother, I come away with a second viewpoint. And note that these two viewpoints are not necessarily disparate or contradictory – they are just two separate viewpoints.

If you’ll indulge me, I would like to try something different. I am going to provide three reviews of this book. The first will be my opinion of the book as a career woman. The second will be my opinion of the book as a mother. With the third review, I am going to look at the book from the perspective of a mother who loves her children AND her career.

E-reader’s Opinion: Stay tuned! My E-Reader take-away is forthcoming.

Oh, and for those of you who don’t know: the Canadian Men’s Olympic hockey team also won gold…but not because they are men.

Your E-reader reviewer is Hetal Kushwaha, Liaison – International Practice, Marks & Clerk Canada. She would like to emphasize that this is just her personal opinion and it is not intended to represent the views of Marks & Clerk, Canada. She can be reached at


Next AIPLA Women in IP Lean In Meeting will be held on Thursday March 20

Our next AIPLA Women in IP Lean In Meeting will be held on Thursday March 20 at 1:15 pm EST.

We are changing the format for our March meeting. Before the call, please watch the two-part video lecture presented by Fred Kofman, Professor of Leadership at the Universidad Francisco Marroquin, titled “Managing Difficult Conversations” and “Practicing a Difficult Work Conversation.” The call will begin at 1:15pm.

This lecture is a two-part video focusing on how to remain true to yourself while also opening up to your counterpart. During the call, the floor will be opened up for a discussion where members can ask questions, comment and share their experiences.

The lecture can be accessed by signing in to your Lean In account at:, and clicking on the link titled “Expert Lectures.”

If you are not yet a member of our Women in IP Law Lean In Circle and are interested in joining, please email Jessica Ergmann at and she will send you an invitation to join as well as the dial-in information for the meeting.

Thank you,

Debora Plehn-Dujowich

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Webinar Announcement: Mentorship and Sponsorship-The Road to Success

Are you looking for professional development, advancement, or both? What are the differences between mentors and sponsors? What kind of relationship should you seek to achieve your professional goals? This webinar will address the differences between mentors and sponsors and the value and benefits of both kinds of relationships. We will look at formal and informal approaches to mentorship and sponsorship, including the AIPLA Mentorship program, and help you to determine which one may suit you best. We will also consider how mentorship and sponsorship or lack thereof affects advancement and retention of women in IP, and the legal field in general, and what we may expect in the future. Please join our distinguished speakers, Mercedes K. Meyer, Ph.D., Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP; Carey C. Jordan, McDermott Will & Emery, LLP; Margaret (“Meg”) A. Boulware, Boulware & Valoir; and Hetal Kushwaha, Marks & Clerk Canada, each of whom will be drawing upon and sharing her experiences, for a thoughtful and important discussion. The webinar will be moderated by Shawna Lemon of Myers Bigel Sibley & Sajovec, PA.

Please join the Women in IP Law Committee’s free webinar on March 13, 2014 at 12:30 pm EST.

***No CLE credit is available for this webinar.***

Sponsored by Myers Bigel Sibley & Sajovec, PA

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