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ESCO Celebrates International Women’s Day with Lean In Discussion 

by Brittni Beers-Branco | March 21, 2018 

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In recognition of International Women’s Day, ESCO recently held an event for our female employees in Portland and across the U.S., based on the book, Lean In, by Facebook Chief Operating Officer, Sheryl Sandberg. Sponsored by the ESCO Women’s Network (EWN) and ESCO Remote Women’s Network, the event provided an opportunity for the women of ESCO to discuss ways to “sit at the table,” seek challenges, take risks, and pursue their goals with gusto.

Ahead of the event, ESCO provided all employees who signed up a copy of Lean In, so they could read the book ahead of time. Taking our cues from the author, we developed a list of questions that drove the conversations at our small break-out discussion tables.

The goal of the event was to share what we learned from the book, our personal experiences, and how 
we could leverage these as part of our own professional goals and aspirations. 


At ESCO world headquarters in Portland, we had 21 women participate – a great turnout! We provided a development opportunity for ESCO women to serve as table facilitators, allowing them to not only to
discuss relevant topics with their fellow EWN members, but to also develop their professional skill set.

While we discussed various topics during the event, the question of how we have been supported by or
have supported other women led to a lot of active feedback and advice that we have formulated into
tangible action steps moving forward. 


We also took this opportunity to engage women across our women across our U.S. locations.

The ESCO Remote Women’s Network facilitated the Lean In discussion via Skype. Bringing nearly
30 women from around North America, we welcomed great feedback and participation from our
female leaders across all divisions of ESCO. Liz DiLoreto, a first-time EWN participant and remote employee, said she enjoyed the camaraderie among the group and appreciated that her colleagues
shared their thoughts about a topic that resonates with so many people. “The book was excellent
[and] there was a lot that I could directly relate to,” she adds.

The event aligned with the EWN vision and mission by providing opportunities for female employees
“to network, to connect and to learn,” both personally and professionally. 


Seeing an opportunity within the manufacturing and engineering industries to develop more
female leaders, ESCO recruited existing women leaders within our company and worked with them
to develop the EWN. Since its inception in 2014, the EWN has held more than 30 events and
has helped provide an outlet to develop female leaders and mentors within ESCO.​