A technology executive, an activist, a philanthropist, an author, a mother and a billionaire, Sheryl Sandberg is a force to reckon with. Having made her mark in top global ventures, Sandberg is the COO of Facebook. She became the first woman on Facebook’s Board of Directors and has been ranked 8 times in Fortune Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business with a net worth of US$ 1.60 billion.
Well informed and aware of the societal struggles faced by individuals, Sandberg co-founded Women in Economics and Government at Harvard College, from where she graduated with the highest honours and was the recipient of the John H William’s prize from the top graduating student in Economics. In 1995, she earned an MBA with the highest distinction from Harvard Business School and immediately went on to work under her former mentor by assisting in the US Treasury’s work.
From there, Sandberg joined hands with Google and worked with advertising and sales. Under her leadership, the team grew from just four people to about 4,000 by the end of her term. After Google, Sandberg joined Facebook and worked steadfastly to make Facebook a profitable company.
A truly impactful personality, Sandberg is especially known for her evocative speeches, which portray her unbeatable desire for breaking the glass ceiling. She inspires women to take a seat at the table and not shy away from new opportunities and promotions, and urges them to stop compromising their careers for ‘partners and children who may not even exist yet’.
According to Sandberg, “Being confident and believing in your self-worth is necessary for achieving your potential.” Thus, she strongly criticises any internalisation of gender stereotypes that keep women from realising their veritable aptitude.
In 2013, Sandberg released her first book, ‘Lean in: Women, Work and the Will to Lead’ which talked about the barriers that women face in workplaces, encouraging positive leadership among women and men, lack of females in positions of power and feminism. A visionary in the movement of gender equality, Sandberg is also the flag bearer of ‘Ban Bossy’, a campaign launched in 2014 to discourage the use of the word ‘bossy’ as a disparaging term while talking about young girls, who are decisive or like being in control.
A messiah for equality, the dynamic leader strongly believes, ‘Real change will come when powerful women are less of an exception.’ Her foundation, ‘Lean In’ brings this message into practice and works to empower thousands of women through various services and charitable endeavours, proactively working to secure an egalitarian future for all of us.