Postcards

How the power players do it - by Fortune senior editor at large Patricia Sellers

Ex-Lehman CFO Erin Callan stirs the pot on women and work

March 11, 2013: 11:41 AM ET
Erin Callan

Erin Callan

Facebook (FB) COO Sheryl Sandberg and Yahoo (YHOO) CEO Marissa Mayer aren't the only ones stirring up debate about women in the workplace.

Sunday's New York Times featured an unexpected guest writer: former Lehman Brothers (BCS) CFO Erin Callan on "Is There Life After Work?"

As you may recall, ex-Lehman CEO Dick Fuld pushed out Callan and President Joe Gregory in June 2008, four months before Lehman crashed into Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Callan did a short stint at Credit Suisse, quit that job, and never looked back. I profiled Callan in Fortune in early 2010. In late 2011, she married Anthony Montella, her firefighter boyfriend whom she knew from high school.

It may be a sign of the times that Callan's New York Times essay is generating buzz--more than Callan, now 47, anticipated, she told me in an email this morning. "I wrote the piece because I felt it was important for young women to know there is no magic formula to 'have it all,'" she said in her email.

Doesn't Callan's prescription for happiness--essentially, fall off the perch, lean back, and learn "how to live a life"--counter the empowerment message that Sandberg delivers in her new book, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead?

Sandberg is being interviewed tonight in New York at an event hosted by Time Magazine, which has her on its current cover. I'll ask Sandberg and let you know tomorrow.

Fortune's Most Powerful Women
Fortune's Most Powerful Women For the latest on the most influential women in business, philanthropy, government, and the arts, like us on Facebook.
Guest Posts
Fortune Most Powerful Women Fortune Most Powerful Women The rolodex that redefined power
Profile in The Washington Post
Sheryl Sandberg: Sheryl Sandberg: Don't leave before you leave
COO of Facebook
Wendy Clark Wendy Clark Exec learns firsthand how the homeless live
SVP of the Global Sparkling Brand Center at Coca-Cola
Video
Marissa Mayer's 3 biggest decisions as Yahoo CEO With company stock up over 100% since she began running the company 16 months ago, Mayer reflects on her choices to date. Watch
Chelsea Clinton on running for office: 'I don't know' The vice chairman of the Clinton Foundation talks about her diverse career path and growing up in the spotlight. Watch
MPWomen go Global

The Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women Leaders Mentoring Partnership brings rising-star women from countries around the world to the U.S. for three-week mentorships with participants of the annual Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit - among them Ursula Burns of Xerox, Laura Lang of Time Inc., Marissa Mayer of Yahoo, and Tory Burch.

Read more

Current Issue
  • Give the gift of Fortune
  • Get the Fortune app
  • Subscribe
Powered by WordPress.com VIP.