The Lean in Virginia Network and the Lean In RVA Circle was founded by Sharon Williamson in mid-2015 after reading the Lean In book in late 2014. RVA is commonly used to refer to Richmond, the capital city of Virginia. As the months passed, we slowly increased our numbers and became everything that circles represent – education and support in a safe and confidential environment.

We’re more likely to get where we’re headed if we go together.

Lean In: Women, Work, & the Will to Lead

by Sheryl Sandberg


The Lean In book is focused on encouraging women to pursue their ambitions, and changing the conversation from what we can’t do to what we can do. Lean In Circles have taken the written word and brought forth a the movement that spans 150 countries and 34,000 people.

We are committed to offering women the ongoing inspiration and support to help them achieve their goals. If we talk openly about the challenges women face and work together, we can change the trajectory of women and create a better world for everyone.

Together we really can do so much more. I am so inspired by witnessing women meeting for the first time that are now sharing their lives as if they have known each other forever. The changes I see in our members as they feel more and more empowered range from subtle to dramatic. We are at a tipping point where more and more women are stepping up to start their own circles around their interests and passions. This helps us to reach more and more women and men in our area.


We invite you to Lean In with us both personally and professionally. We will support you and are committed to helping you achieve your ambitions.


Leaning In Every Day,

Sharon R. Williamson

Founder of Lean In Virginia & Lean In RVA


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