Lean Out

The Truth About Women, Power, and the Workplace

by Marissa Orr, Misty Wells

On Sale: June 11, 2019

Price: $21.99

Format: Downloadable audio file

Book Summary

Lean Out offers contrarian, often humorous insights to a critical global dialogue and provides a pathway for both individuals and companies to promote a more inclusive workplace that benefits all employees.

About the Book

Girl gangs reigning terror at Facebook, narcissistic overlords at Google . . . this is the backdrop of Lean Out, which takes readers on the journey of Marissa Orr, a single mom of three trying to find success in her fifteen-year career at the world’s top tech giants. Orr delivers an ambitious attempt to answer the critical question: What have we gotten wrong about women at work? 

“This book is a must-read for insights on the impact that reversing systemic gender biases can have on creating more diverse, healthier workplaces for both women and men.”

--Joanne Harrell, Senior Director, USA Citizenship, Microsoft

 “This book will make you think differently about what it will take for women to succeed at the highest levels in American business.”

--Rishad Tobaccowala, Chief Growth Officer, Publicis Groupe

Lean Out offers a new and refreshingly candid perspective on what it’s really like for today’s corporate underdogs. Based on both in-depth research and personal experiences, Orr punctures a gaping hole in today’s feminist rhetoric and sews it back up with compelling new arguments for the reasons more women don’t make it to the top and how companies can better incentivize women by actually listening to what they have to say and by rewarding the traits that make them successful.

 In Lean Out, Orr uncovers:

  • Why our pursuit to close the gender gap has come at the expense of female well-being.
  • The need to redefine success and change the way corporations choose their leaders.
  • The way most career advice books targeting professional women seek to change their behavior rather than the system.
  • Why modern feminism has failed to make any progress on its goals for equality.

More than fifty years since the passage of the Equal Pay Act, the wage gap still hovers at 80 percent, and only 5 percent of CEOs in the Fortune 500 are women. Today, rising up the ranks in many companies still often means cutthroat, win-at-all-costs tactics, where being the loudest voice in the room is more important than being the person with the best ideas for moving the company forward. Not surprisingly, most women don’t want to play this game.

 An everyday working woman with a sardonic sense of humor, Orr is an endearing antihero who captures the voice for a new generation of women at work. Lean Out presents a revolutionary path forward, to change the life trajectories of women in the corporate world and beyond.


'Lean Out is a highly readable book that has 'leaned in' and listened to many--and maybe the majority of--women in the workplace. Many, many women will proclaim, 'Finally, an honest book that gets me, who I am, where I am, where I'm trying to get to, and the myriad of roadblocks stopping me.' If you're a working woman, read it to feel validated and less alone and uplifted in your struggle.'

--Mark Goulston, author of Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone

'For the first time in a long time, I finally read a book that states clear facts around the gender issues, with sound research backing the assumptions, in a simple way for men and women to comprehend. This book should be read by leaders of all types, as it provides a fresh perspective on valuing oneself without shame or blame, while preparing the reader for the corporate ladder.'

--Dr. Betty Uribe, Executive Vice President, California Bank and amp; Trust and author of #Values: The Secret to Top Level Performance in Business and Life

'This book will make you think differently about what it will take for women to succeed in American business, by exploding myth after myth with cogent arguments and simple common sense.'

--Rishad Tobaccowala, Chief Growth Officer, Publicis Groupe

'Marissa's refreshing voice about systemic cognitive bias and the mental limitations holding women back--while supporting maleness--rings true with well-researched, commonsense insights that speak to the experiences of women in corporate America. . . . The ideas presented here for driving change are powerful, clear, and actionable. This book is a must read for insights on the impact that reversing systemic gender biases can have on creating more diverse, healthier workplaces for both women and men.'

--Joanne Harell, Senior Director, USA Citizenship, Microsoft

'I wish I had the clarity I found in Lean Out earlier in my career. This book is a game changer and a must read for every young woman (and man) starting their career.'

--Ali Spain, Executive Director, Microsoft Alumni Network

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781595557827
  • ISBN 10: 1595557822
  • On Sale: June 11, 2019
  • List Price: $21.99
  • Trim Size: Trim size data not found for this book.
  • Category 1 : BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Women in Business
  • Category 2 : SOCIAL SCIENCE / Feminism & Feminist Theory
  • Category 3 : SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
  • Category 4 : BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Leadership