In It Together For A Balanced World

In It Together

Left to Right: Sheryl Sandberg, Founder of LeanIn.Org & COO of Facebook And Hanane Benkhallouk, Founder of LeanIn Arabia & Executive Director of Sustain Leadership


In It Together For A Balanced World

As an enabler of female talent development and entrepreneurship, and in line with the transformations that the world around us is witnessing, Executive-Women is embarking on a new expansion that embraces innovative ways in which we can serve our communities better, and continue our mission of advancing the diversity and inclusion agenda, while creating spaces to develop balanced generations of successful female executives and entrepreneurs.

We are excited to onboard this journey, led by our Dubaibased advisor, Mrs. Hanane Benkhallouk, who co-founded and leads Lean In Arabia – the first GCC Chapter of Lean In. Hanane is an avid advocate of female talent development, entrepreneurship, and gender balance, and has been our supporter & strategic partner, through her consultancy – Sustain Leadership – for over 7 years now. Since the beginning, she has shown continuous commitment to the mission and vision of the Executive-Women through her involvement as an advisor, speaker, mentor, and content contributor.

“I am confident that Executive-Women will continue to strengthen its community of leading women across the Middle East, make a greater difference for sustainable development in the region, and I am excited to be engaged with the dynamic team and the wider community to work together, on more initiatives aiming at creating more safe spaces for women to grow. Engaging men in the process is crucial because I believe everyone benefits from balanced work environments and balanced societies” says Hanane Benkhallouk.

Stay tuned for exciting upcoming updates!  


About Lean In:

The Lean In movement, inspired by Sheryl Sandberg’s best-selling book by the same name, is a not-for-profit organization and community platform that focuses on encouraging women to pursue their ambitions and achieve their dreams by changing the conversation from what they can’t do to what they can do. The Lean In movement supports women in 3 main ways:

Firstly, it provides members with an active and supportive community of women that share inspirational stories and profound teachable moments;

Secondly, it offers members an ever-growing library of free online lectures on topics including leadership and communication, which is produced in partnership with the Clayman Institute for Gender Studies at Stanford University and other well-known experts;

Thirdly, it encourages women to meet on a monthly basis in small groups, also known as circles, to encourage and support each other in an atmosphere of confidentiality and trust.

The Lean In Arabia chapter with its main circle, Lean In Without Falling Over, is the first Lean In circle in the GCC. Starting with the founders – Hanane Benkhallouk & Amel Murphy – and only six ladies, it has grown today to 11 circles and around 800 members of extremely diverse backgrounds, age groups and industries, all eager to be active members and tap in the power of peer support in the community.


“The prime focus of our Lean In circle isn’t networking. For us, it’s all about creating a space for open and honest conversation that addresses the issues that women face on a daily basis. In the process of fulfilling personal and professional expectations, we have found that many women feel that they have only partially developed their personal abilities. Despite their significant external achievements.”

“We wanted it to be a space of ‘being’ rather than doing”



To know more about Hanane & her initiatives, click here. To find & join your nearest Lean In circle, visit this link.

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