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Lean In
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, author of "Lean In." Photos courtesy of Random House.

Today, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg?s much-hyped women-in the-workplace book, Lean In, hits shelves. Meanwhile, the working-mother debate sparked by Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer?s telecommuting lockdown continues.

The glass ceiling is back on everyone?s mind--seize the moment here in Chicago by finding new ways to evolve your career.

Step Up Women?s Network Mentor the next generation and network with like-minded professionals at the Chicago Step Up chapter?s Women Making History panel ($20 for non-members). Moderated by Exelon?s Nicole Durham, the March 26 event will delve into the Lean In discussion.

Toastmasters Wish you were a better public speaker? Join the organization that brings together people of all backgrounds (including some now-famous alums) to practice effective oral communication skills. Clubs meet weekly all over the city; membership costs $36 for six months.

Continuing Education The University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago both offer development courses for businesspeople who want to learn more about project management, marketing, professional writing and more. We could certainly learn a thing or two from UIC?s accounting class for non-finance types ($995).

Lean In Circles Make Sandberg?s movement your own by bringing together a group of women for an impromptu Lean In discussion. You can download a free Circle Kit to learn how to get started and find ideas for structuring your meetings.

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