One of the most senior and wealthy women in the tech business. Author of the book and founder of the movement “Lean In”.
Sheryl Kara Sandberg was born in Washington, DC and raised in Miami, Florida. She worked at the World Bank, graduated with an MBA from Harvard Business School and served as Chief of Staff to the U.S. Treasury Secretary under Clinton Administration.
In the early 2000s, she moved from governmental work to Silicon Valley, where she was a central figure during the rise of Google and Facebook into global empires.
She worked 7 years at Google as vice president of global online sales and operations when it was in a start-up mode.
In 2008, she joined Facebook, after meeting with its founder Mark Zuckerberg at a Christmas party. She has earned much of the credit for the success of the social media giant by developing the company business model and making it a profitable company. She also became a billionaire in the process.
She is known as a best-selling author after publishing her book “Lean In”. In it, she presented her brand of corporate feminism, guiding women with leadership aspirations in business.
The book became a subject of feminist debate. Followers saw it as a book advocating for gender equality in a male-dominated tech business. Critics argued it was an elitist and unrealistic text.
Following the book, Lean In circles started to gather around the world (in 2019, there were more than 43,000 circles), allowing women to support each other to promote themselves professionally.
“No one gets the promotion if they don’t think they deserve their success”
More Interesting Anecdotes:
- She is a regular donor to the Democratic party.
- She was married briefly at 24 to businessman Brian Kraff.
- In 2004, she married Dave Goldberg, who later became the CEO of SurveyMonkey. They had two children together.
- In 2015, her husband Goldberg died while on a family vacation in Mexico. She wrote about the grief in the book “Option B”.
- In her Twitter bio, she describes herself as “mother of 2, friend to many great women”.
- She is featured in Forbes lists of Billionaires and America’s Self-Made Women (2019), and the Jerusalem Post list of “The World’s 50 Most Influential Jews” (2013).
- Her TED Talk, “Why we have too few women leaders”, is one of the most viewed TED talks ever.