The Kauffman Foundation has announced a partnership with Lean In, the nonprofit organization formed by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to help advance the cause of women in leadership and business, and to help promote more balanced work forces and lifestyles.

The Kauffman Foundation says it hopes to “encourage, educate and support women of all ages and backgrounds who want to start and grow their own firms.” The ultimate goal is to grow the economy by encouraging new startups and small business growth.

Lean In isn’t just for women. Whether you’re a woman or a man, you can visit to:

  • Read stories and advice from others, and share your own advice.
  • Read an excerpt of Lean In: Women, Work & the Will to Lead,  by Sheryl Sandberg, and download guides for discussing the book.
  • Watch short video lectures on topics to improve your communication and leadership skills, such as how to negotiate  better.
  • Form a Lean In Circle (a group of 8-10 peers who meet monthly).