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Sheryl Sandberg

COO, Facebook

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Sheryl Sandberg on being a geek, a successful working mom, and getting more women a seat at the power table.
By now, Sheryl Sandberg has spent more than two decades achieving at the highest reaches of governmental and corporate America.  And she’s determined to bring more talented young women along with her. Sandberg earned both an economics BA summa cum laude and an MBA from Harvard and worked for McKinsey and the World Bank before serving as Chief of Staff for the United States Treasury Department. As Vice President of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google, she was instrumental in building what is now one of the most influential enterprises on the planet. But Sandberg’s entrepreneurial instincts drove her onward. She joined the then-fledgling Facebook in 2008.   She joined Facebook in 2008 as its Chief Operating Officer and is credited with first establishing it as a profitable business. The brilliance of Sandberg’s management style is, in a sense, basic: “She builds trust because she’s honest,” her Facebook colleague Chris Cox has said. And as one of leading corporate lights of her day, Sandberg spends much of her time mentoring female executives and speaking passionately on the specific challenges they face. Says another (male) colleague: “A key part of what Sheryl does in her life is helping people advance, to be seen and to be heard.” 

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Most Important Speech
Sandberg describes her reaction to being invited to give the 2011 Barnard Commencement speech.

Not Heeding Own Advice
Sandberg confesses to ignoring her own advice to "lean in," passing up a big career opportunity.

Larry Summers
Sandberg describes how Larry Summers became a great mentor to her at Harvard and beyond.

Sheryl's Harvard Thesis
Attuned to women's issues from the start, Sandberg wrote her undergrad thesis on the economics of spousal abuse.

Taking a Risk on Google
How Eric Schmidt helped convince Sheryl to take a gamble on Google.

Family of Achievers
Sandberg on growing up in a family of do-ers and do good-ers.

Getting to Know Mark Zuckerberg
Sandberg talks about getting to know Mark Zuckerberg and the big questions she faced before signing on to work for him.

Grandmother's Missed Potential
In another generation, Sandberg's grandmother would have been a dynamo businesswoman.

Choosing the Non-Obvious Job
Sandberg on the payoff of choosing the nuts and bolts business job, instead of the flashier role.

A Woman Born in America
Sandberg reminds us that women born in America are the luckiest women in the world.

Proud to be a feminist
Sandberg on her feminist heroines and what feminism means to her.

A Place for Affirmative Action
There's no one-size fits all feminism. Sandberg divulges her views on affirmative action.