Sheryl Sandberg was born in 1969, in Washington D.C. to a Jewish family and is the oldest of three children. Always at the top of her class and excelling in school, Sandberg graduated summa cum laude in economics from Harvard College in 1987, and earned her Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School in 1993. Today she is the Chief Operating Officer of the world’s largest social network, Facebook. Prior to Facebook, Sandberg was the VP of Global Sales and Operations at Google, and launched the company’s philanthropic arm, Google.org. Before Google, Sandberg also served as the chief of staff for the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. Sandberg’s book, Lean In, has reawakened the social discussion about women in the workplace, and led to the founding of LeanIn.org. She has been regarded as one of the world’s most powerful people.
Why is she a role model?
- She’s a realist and a feminist. Her take on women in business and work and family-life balance is thought-provoking and has jump started society’s conversation on gender
- Sandberg acknowledges the not-so-pretty, not-so-positive realizations about women and success
- She acknowledges that women face an uphill battle in the workplace in most industries
- Sandberg has received criticism for her views on women in the workplace, but she continues her mission to shift the imbalance of power and re-frame discussions about gender
- She wrote a controversial and relevant best-selling book, Lean In, about her experiences, women at work, and work-life balance.
- Sandberg encourages women to support each others’ successes
- She founded a nonprofit foundation called LeanIn.org which provides online resources, inspirational stories, forums for discussion, and guidelines to start local support groups for women
- She is one of the most influential people in the world
- Named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time (2012)
- Ranked #5 of the world’s most powerful women by Forbes (2011)
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“It’s time to cheer on girls and women who want to sit at the table.”
“A truly equal world would be one where women ran half our countries and companies and men ran half our homes.”
“Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.”
“Trying to do it all and expecting that it all can be done exactly right is a recipe for disappointment. Perfection is the enemy.”