Sheryl Sandberg is a tech executive, author and activist. She is the current COO of Facebook. Her prior positions included serving as vice president of global online sales and operations at Google, and prior to that was the Chief of Staff of the United States Secretary of the Treasury, Lawrence Summers. Now that’s a resume. In her off-time, she founded LeanIn.org also known as the Lean In Foundation, and also helped launch the philanthropic outreach for Google, Google.org.
She’s been named by Time Magazine in the Time 100 as one of the most influential people in the world, and as of 2015, her net worth is reported to be over $1 billion.
Before the corner office and great view, Sheryl was already pushing boundaries at Harvard where she graduated summa cum laude and also co-founded an organization called Women in Economics and Government. She would later return to Harvard Business School for her MBA, graduating with the highest distinctions.
She not only achieves for herself, but reaches out to women across the globe with her 2013 book “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead", co-authored by Nell Scovell. This book champions women to achieve leadership roles in business, and Sheryl outlines ways in which the world of business and home life can change to be a more equitable existence. I’ll dare to say it’s a quintessential read for women in business and women who find themselves wanting to achieve in life, but feeling thwarted by the constructs around them, both social and business.
In 2013 she released her second book, “Option B”. This book was inspired by the loss of her husband Dave Goldberg, and deals with the grief cycle of losing your loved ones and learning to contine with your life and be resilient.
Sheryl’s TED Talk titled “Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders” is a must see… very inspiring and thoughtful: CLICK HERE to see Sheryl’s TED Talk.
She started LeanIn.org, which is an inspiring and thoughtful resource to empower women in business and life. She recently renamed it The Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation, and she uses much of her own money to fund this foundation and its mission to empower and create a more equitable workplace and world for women.
Sheryl Sandberg’s story is anything but finished. It is an incredible story of an empowered woman who has managed to overcome grief, balance family life and be a voice for women all over the world.