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WHM: Lindsey Leininger Co-Founder of Dear Pandemic

By lindsay

March is Women’s History Month.  BCB salutes the MANY women throughout history who have gotten us to this point today.  But, throughout March 2021 we are celebrating and sharing MOMS who are making history RIGHT NOW.  As we know, moms are basically super human, super heroes.  We tackle so much at once, are the queens of multitasking and at the end of the day—we are almost always putting others’ best interests ahead of our own.  So as we look to the future, we want you to meet some incredible women, all of who are making sure brighter days lie ahead for all. 

Today we want to introduce you to a friend and partner of BCB…and someone we never would have met had it not been for the pandemic!  Lindsey Leininger is one of “Those Nerdy Girls” who helped start Dear Pandemic, a public education campaign to provide trustworthy and correct information about staying safe during the pandemic.  Lindsey has become a face of pandemic education, and also someone we here at BCB rely on inherently to gather the best (and correct!) information for you and your families.  But behind that nerdy girl, Lindsey Leininger is a mom just like you and me.

Name: Lindsey Leininger

Age: 43

Kid(s) and Ages:  Max (9) and JoJo (5)

Where do you live?  Hanover, NH

WHAT YOU ARE DOING TO MAKE HISTORY RIGHT NOW. 

I’m a public health professor. It’s been a busy year!   As part of an all-female team of scientists – “Those Nerdy Girls” – I’m co-leading a public education campaign about the pandemic. We provide timely, trustworthy, and curated information to help our community stay safe and stay sane during this crazy time. You can find us @DearPandemic on Facebook & Twitter, @dear_pandemic on Instagram and at our website dearpandemic.org.

In my “day job” I teach health analytics at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business.

WHO IS THE MOST INFLUENTIAL WOMEN YOU KNOW?

In my life: My mom and her three sisters. All highly educated women in STEM and finance careers. I like to refer to my immunologist aunt as the original Nerdy Girl in the family!

THE THEME OF WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH 2021 IS:  REFUSING TO BE SILENCED.  WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO YOU AND HOW DOES IT PLAY OUT IN YOUR EVERY DAY LIFE?

A particularly poignant theme for me as a public-facing scientist right now – dealing with trolls and closed-minded jerks are sadly part of the job description. We Nerdy Girls have learned to ignore them.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES WOMEN FACE TODAY?  HOW WILL YOU HELP IMPACT AND CHANGE THIS FOR WOMEN IN THE FUTURE THROUGH YOUR WORK AND/OR PERSONAL LIFE?

Our paid work responsibilities have increased – and dramatically so for many women – but our caregiving responsibilities haven’t budged. That makes for stress, anxiety, and conditions that block flourishing. One small thing I do is emphasize that I can only be a Nerdy Girl because of support at home and at work. I have a supportive husband, a wonderful, sainted nanny and a supportive boss. I refuse to be characterized as some sort of “super woman” – I’m not! We all need and deserve support to fulfill our potential. I am lucky to have these resources and believe that all women deserve them.

IF YOU COULD HAVE LUNCH WITH ONE WOMAN THROUGHOUT HISTORY, WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?

Florence Nighingale! She was a public health Nerdy Girl long before public health was a dedicated field of study and practice.

WHAT WOULD PEOPLE BE SURPRISED TO KNOW OR LEARN ABOUT YOU?

I love bad reality TV. And really anything pop culture!

HOW ARE YOU ABLE TO BALANCE BEING A MOM, WORKING AND HELPING TO CHANGE THE WORLD?  IS THERE SUCH THING AS BALANCE?

Oh geez, I’m just trying to put one foot in front of the other every darn day. I have no related wisdom and am all ears if anyone has figured out the secret!

WHAT IS ONE SILVER LINING THAT HAS COME OUT OF THE PANDEMIC?

Being a Nerdy Girl has given me a mission and purpose throughout the pandemic. It has been a true blessing.

HOW DO YOU THINK THAT THE PANDEMIC WILL CHANGE THE FUTURE FOR WOMEN?

I hope that employers will increase workplace flexibility. We’ve all had to “parent out loud” during this time, and I’d love for that to stay the norm. I talk openly about parenting with my MBA students and my colleagues, normalizing working motherhood.

WHAT IS ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU WOULD LIKE TO OFFER OTHER MOMS ABOUT MOTHERHOOD?

No advice, just solidarity. #momstrong

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE THAT YOU WOULD LIKE THE BCB AUDIENCE TO KNOW ABOUT YOU AND WHAT YOU ARE DOING TO CHANGE AND MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE FOR WOMEN?

We celebrate all Nerdy Girls and their champions. Indeed, everyone is welcome in Nerdy Girl Nation! We are so very grateful to have a platform that helps amplify women in STEM.

RAPID FIRE……

Last show you binged: Great British Baking Show (with my kids!)

Last book you read: Giesecke’s “Modern Infectious Disease Epidemiology.” (a real page-turner 🙂)

Go-To Family Dinner: Tacos

Favorite Beverage: Coffee (!!!)

Favorite Take out: Thai

Favorite Dessert: Is “all of them” an option?! I have a serious sweet tooth.

Summer or Winter? Summer up here in the mountains can’t be beat.

Dream Vacation. Ireland.

#1 Beauty Product you can’t live without: Let’s hear it for lipstick! Without it I look like a Zoom zombie.

App you can’t live without on your phone: Slack

Stay tuned as we feature Moms Making History RIGHT NOW every day in the month of March.   Follow us on Instagram and Facebook  for more.   Do you know someone we should be talking to?  Email us to let us know at info@bumpclubandbeyond.com.  You can also meet more Moms We Love, right here. 

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