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Tilted: A Lean In Podcast

Author: Rachel Thomas

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Tilted brings you conversations at the intersection of gender and culture – we dig into topics we’re curious about, highlight inspiring people and stories, and share expert advice to help you make the playing field a little less tilted. Hosted by Rachel Thomas, co-founder and CEO of Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In organization. 

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For our last episode of this season, we’re passing the mic to our listeners. We asked women from our global community how they’re planning to make the world less tilted in 2021, and today, you'll hear from two of them—Ifeoma Finnih and Jen Shyu. Ifeoma works in investment banking and wants to demystify the industry, so more women find their way to careers in finance. Jen is an experimental musician and is building a powerful support network for underrepresented musicians, which is especially important during COVID-19. They're both paving the way for the next generation and they're doing it with gusto. These conversations gave us a huge boost, and we hope they do the same for you. More about our guests: - Ifeoma Finnih is an investment banker and a Senior Vice President at FBNQuest Merchant Bank. She has over twelve years of banking experience primarily focused on financial advisory & structuring - closing deals worth billions of dollars across the Energy and Infrastructure sectors. With a passion for promoting work-life integration, Ifeoma is interested in all forms of counselling particularly marriage, the education/proper development of children and the economic advancement of women. She is engaged with a number of NGOs that address these issues. Follow @HerFinanceStory and @IfeomaFinnih on Instagram and Ifeoma Finnih on LinkedIn to stay updated on her leadership series for women in finance.   - Jen Shyu is a multilingual vocalist-composer-multi-instrumentalist-dancer. Born in Peoria, Illinois, to Taiwanese and East Timorese immigrants and the first female and vocalist bandleader on Pi Recordings, Jen has produced seven albums, performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and is a Fulbright scholar speaking 10 languages. To get involved with Mutual Mentorships for Musicians, head to their website at You can also follow Jen on Facebook at @JenShyuMusic, Instagram at @JenShyu, and Twitter at @JenShyu—as well as support her work through her Patreon page.  Show notes: - We want to hear from you! As we begin planning for Season 3 of Tilted, we'd love to hear your ideas and the topics you’d like us to cover. Please drop us a line at - Get involved in our global Circles community. Head to — we'd love to have you.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
We’ve always believed the world would be better if more countries and companies were run by women. And 2020 proved us right: women leaders consistently stood out for their empathetic and effective response to Covid-19. In this episode, we talk to two notable women leaders—Shellye Archambeau and Sheryl Sandberg—about how they navigated an incredibly difficult year, how our definition of a “good” leader is evolving, and how all leaders can take steps to get working women through this crisis. More about our guests: - Shellye Archambeau has over 30 years of experience in technology, leading organizations focused on business to business as well as business to consumer. As CEO of MetricStream, she was one of Silicon Valley’s first Black women CEOs and built the company from a struggling startup into a global market leader. She currently serves on the boards of Verizon, Nordstrom, Roper Technologies, and Okta. She is also a strategic advisor to Forbes Ignite and to the President of Arizona State University and serves on the boards of two national nonprofits, Catalyst, and Braven. Check out her new book, "Unapologetically Ambitious: Take Risks, Break Barriers, and Create Success on Your Own Terms." - Sheryl Sandberg is the chief operating officer at Facebook, overseeing the firm's business operations. Prior to Facebook, Sheryl was vice president of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google, chief of staff for the United States Treasury Department under President Clinton, a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, and an economist with the World Bank.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
The COVID-19 crisis has brought America’s childcare crisis into sharp relief. Millions of women are struggling to work while caring for their kids. But our childcare system was broken long before the pandemic – the cost of childcare has doubled over the past 20 years, while wages have remained about the same. What will it take to fix the system once and for all?  In this episode, we talk to Fatima Goss Graves, President & CEO of the National Women’s Law Center, and Dr. Angela Rachidi, a researcher at the American Enterprise Institute, to find out. Sign up for Lean In's newsletter here:  See for privacy and opt-out information.
For many women, “joking around” is something we do when we’re uncomfortable. Humor is a way to deflect an unwanted sexual advance, brush off a sexist comment, or cope with anything else that makes us cringe. But when we wield humor intentionally and unapologetically, it can be much more than a defense mechanism—it can be a tool to take back power. For this episode of Tilted, we asked two outstanding women in comedy—Lauren Lapkus and Cameron Esposito—to tell us all about how they’re doing that, and how we can do it, too. For an upcoming episode of season 2, we want to hear from YOU; how are you planning to make the world a little less tilted in 2021? Give us a call at (855)-4-TILTED, that’s (855)-484-5833, and leave a 30-second voice mail telling us how you plan to make the world a little less tilted in 2021. We’ll share the messages that inspire us most — and we might even follow up with you to learn more. Excited to hear from you!  Sign-up for LeanIn.Org's newsletter here.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
We know gender stereotypes hurt girls. But what are they doing to boys? From a young age, our society tells boys they must be dominant and tough. They learn not to show vulnerability or ask for help. That emotional suppression makes it hard for boys to cope with, well, everything—and it’s painful for the people who love them, too. So this week on Tilted, we’re talking about how toxic masculinity puts boys in “man boxes” and how we can help them get out. We’re joined by two experts on the topic: Peggy Orenstein, author of Boys and Sex, and Dr. Michael Reichert, author of How to Raise a Boy. Sign-up for LeanIn.Org's newsletter here.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
For far too long, women of color have been overlooked and underrepresented in U.S. politics. In this episode of Tilted, we talk to two women fighting tirelessly to change that—for the 2020 election and beyond. First, you’ll hear from Aimee Allison, the founder of She the People, about how she is building one of the country’s most influential political networks for women of color. Then, you'll hear from Lorella Praeli, who leads the political advocacy group Community Change. Lorella first jumped into politics to fight for the rights of undocumented students like herself, and then mobilized the Latinx vote for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign. Both of these women are courageous leaders challenging the status quo to build a much fairer, more equal political system for all of us. Tune in and find out how you can, too. More about our guests: - Aimee Allison is founder and president of She the People, a national network elevating the voice and power of women of color. A democratic innovator and visionary, Aimee leads national efforts to build inclusive, multiracial coalitions led by women of color. - Lorella Praeli is the co-president of Community Change, a national organization focused on building the political power of those most marginalized by injustice, especially low-income people of color. Sign-up for LeanIn.Org's newsletter here.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
We know big problems require big solutions. But change almost always starts small, with one person rolling up their sleeves and deciding to go all in. In this episode of Tilted, we talk to two people who did exactly that. Jamie Margolin and Shannon Watts both started grassroots movements aimed at addressing huge environmental and social challenges. They share stories from their early days as activists, tips for starting or joining a movement, and suggestions for driving change in your own life. More about our guests:  - Jamie Margolin is a Colombian-American writer, community organizer, and the founder of Zero Hour, an international youth climate justice movement that led the first Youth Climate March in Washington, D.C., and 25 other cities around the world. Youth To Power, her debut book, is a guide to change-making, with advice on pitching op-eds, organizing successful events and peaceful protests, utilizing media to spread a message, and sustaining long-term action.  - Shannon Watts is the founder of Moms Demand Action, a grassroots movement of Americans fighting for public safety measures that protect people from gun violence. Moms Demand Action has established a chapter in every state of the country and is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country, with nearly six million supporters. In addition, Shannon is an active board member of Emerge America, one of the nation’s leading organizations for recruiting and training women to run for office. Sign-up for LeanIn.Org's newsletter here.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Exhausted. Stressed. Anxious. Berating yourself for “not doing enough.” These are all signs of burnout—and too many women are intimately familiar with them. For years we’ve known burnout affects women more than men, and now COVID-19 has made it even worse. This week, we’re talking with two experts on burnout: Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post and Thrive Global, and Emily Nagoski, author of Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle. Arianna and Emily tell personal stories about burnout, teach us how to recognize it, and share tips for preventing and addressing it in our own lives.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
More than a third of Gen Zers know someone who uses gender-neutral pronouns. But the binary view of gender is still deeply ingrained in our society. For this episode of Tilted, we’re taking a close look at what it would mean to really break the gender mold. We talk to two amazing non-binary artists—Joey Soloway, creator of the hit TV series Transparent, and Jacob Tobia, actor, producer, and author of the memoir Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story—about their personal journeys with their gender identities and what we can all do to be more open and inclusive.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Tilted explores topics at the intersection of gender and culture – and brings you conversations with people pushing for change. This season, we dig into how burnout is hitting women harder than men, how Gen Z is breaking the gender mold, how toxic masculinity is holding boys back – and more. Join host Rachel Thomas, co-founder and CEO of Lean In, on Tuesday, September 8 to learn how to make the playing field a little less tilted.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
This week we're sharing an episode from Hello Sunshine's How It Is podcast. No matter how much money we have (or don’t have), it shapes our identities in profound, surprising, and sometimes uncomfortable ways. Author Roxane Gay tells us why she won’t compromise on getting paid; comedian Ms. Pat shares the freedom that comes from breaking the cycle of poverty; and entrepreneur Shiza Shahid explains why women’s financial empowerment will change the world. Hosted by Diane Guerrero.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
How’s work going for you? Are you spending too much time at the office? Wondering where you can you go to get some answers about the workplace? This week we’re thrilled to sharing a bonus episode from our friends at Safe For Work, a podcast that’s all about helping you find balance and happiness in your career and life. Hosts Liz Dolan and Rico Gagliano give advice on everything from how to avoid burnout on the job to how to survive the holidays at work. Subscribe to Safe For Work wherever you get your podcasts.  See for privacy and opt-out information.
We worry about a lot of things when we go to the doctor, from “Am I OK” to “How much will this cost?” But we probably don’t think about whether our gender is affecting the care we receive – and it does. This week, Serena Williams and two leading doctors from the National Institutes of Health and Oregon Health & Science University join us to discuss bias in healthcare: why women are too often misdiagnosed, incorrectly treated, or not taken seriously enough.This episode is sponsored by ZipRecruiter (  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Under pressure to perform. On guard. Isolated. When you’re the only or one of the only women in the room, your workplace experience is significantly worse. We’re joined by experts from McKinsey, Stanford, and the Wall Street Journal to dig into new research on what it's like to be the only one, what companies can do about it, and why when a woman leaves her job, she’s not going home—she's going to your competitor.This episode is sponsored by Emma (  See for privacy and opt-out information.
These days, if we want to know something, we ask Alexa or Siri. We increasingly rely on artificial intelligence to help us make big (and sometimes wrong) decisions about who gets a job, who gets a mortgage, and who gets sent to prison. Few people realize just how much AI is shaped by existing information and the limitations of the people building it. We talked to experts from MIT and Cornell to understand how AI leads to unfair decision making and exacerbates bias—and what we can do about it.This episode is sponsored by ZipRecruiter (  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Between grade school and high school, girls’ confidence drastically drops—and feelings of “I’m not smart enough” and “I’m not good enough” become all too common. On this episode of Tilted, we talk to the author of “The Confidence Code for Girls,” Claire Shipman, founder of Girls Leadership, Rachel Simmons, and educators from KIPP and Girls’ Middle School about how we can all (not just parents) help girls be their best, most confident, and most resilient selves.This episode is sponsored by Emma (  See for privacy and opt-out information.
In the late ’90s, the rise of the WNBA and a record-breaking, nail-biting Women’s World Cup Final signaled things were changing in women’s sports. Nearly 20 years later, we ask: how much progress have we made? To answer that question, we chatted with FIFA Women's World Cup champions Julie Foudy and Brandi Chastain, current U.S. Women's National Soccer Team members Crystal Dunn and Sam Mewis, and the executive director of the Women's National Basketball Player Association, Terri Jackson.This episode is sponsored by ZipRecruiter (  See for privacy and opt-out information.
From El Salvador to Singapore, Spain to the U.S., women everywhere experience gender bias—and we all benefit from the support of other women, too. In this episode of Tilted, we talk to women who run Lean In Circles (small groups of peers who meet regularly to support one another and learn new skills together). They share their experiences with bias in their respective home countries and the things that unite us no matter where we live. To start or join a Circle, visit episode is sponsored by Emma (  See for privacy and opt-out information.
Ever heard someone say “I just don’t like her” about a woman running for office? So many of us judge women candidates more harshly than we judge men—and it’s driven by something called likeability bias (or the likeability penalty). On this episode of Tilted, you’ll hear directly from women who work in politics how this bias has played out in the past and why it might be changing for the thousands of women running for office this year.This episode is sponsored by ZipRecruiter (  See for privacy and opt-out information.
This week, Sheryl Sandberg, Phoebe Robinson, and Joanna Coles join moderator Sean Fennessey of The Ringer to answer questions submitted by men. They cover topics like what kind of sex jokes are appropriate to make at work (spoiler: none), why being liked is actually kind of overrated, and why you shouldn’t assume a five-foot-tall woman can’t carry a fully grown man out of a burning building.This episode is sponsored by Emma (  See for privacy and opt-out information.
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