Saturday 16 December 2017

'Facebook chief's book patronising to real women'

Caroline Keeling (CEO of Keelings), Lucy Gaffney (Chairperson, Communicorp), Bobby Kerr (Entrepreneur and Presenter of Newstalks Down to Business,) and Laura George (Group Editorial Director, IMAGE Publications)
Caroline Keeling (CEO of Keelings), Lucy Gaffney (Chairperson, Communicorp), Bobby Kerr (Entrepreneur and Presenter of Newstalks Down to Business,) and Laura George (Group Editorial Director, IMAGE Publications)

THE corporate world needs to start to view their workforce in a better, broader way and allow both women and men to work flexitime without harming their careers, one of Ireland's top executives has said.

Communicorp chairperson Lucy Gaffney has revealed that she could not even finish Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg's book, 'Lean In', because she found it to be so irritating and patronising towards 'real' women. In the book, Sandberg asks women who expect to start a family soon not to check out of work mentally and to stay focused on their ambitions.

"Lean in my arse is really what I'd say," said Gaffney.

She spoke to the Irish Independent at the launch of the Image Businesswomen of the Year awards of which she is a judge.

The awards, which take place on November 24, aim to recognise and celebrate the inspirational women who continue to shine in the Irish business world. The closing date for entries is October 17 and there are eight categories, including Young Businesswoman of the Year; Start up of the Year and CEO of the Year.

Irish Independent

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