Chronicles of Greatness: Sheryl Sandberg
Sheryl Kara Sandberg (born August 28 1969) is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Facebook, the founder of LeanIn.org, an author, entrepreneur and a philantrophist.
Sandberg was born in 1969 in Washington DC to a Jewish family as the eldest of three children. She attended North Miami Beach High School, where she graduated with a 4.646 grade point average. She enrolled at Harvard College in 1987 and graduated in 1991 summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and was awarded the John H. Williams prize for the top graduating student in Economics. In 1993, she enrolled at Harvard Business School and in 1995 she earned her MBA with the highest distinction.
After graduating from business school in the spring of 1995, Sandberg worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & company for approximately one year (1995-1996). She then worked for Larry Summers, Google, and now Facebook. In June 2012, she was elected to Facebook’s board of directors, becoming the first woman to serve in its board. Before she joined Facebook as it’s COO, Sandberg was vice president of global online sales and operations at Google.com. She had served as chief of staff for United States Secretary of the Treasury, Lawrence Summers before that.
Sandberg became an outspoken advocate for women to be more aggressive in seeking success in the business world. She often pointed out that, despite the gains women had achieved through feminism, business executives were still predominantly male, and women are needed to close “the ambition gap”. This is why she writes and inspires women all across the world. She even pioneered a controversial feminist movement with her book Lean In.
Sandberg announced in 2014 that she and her husband would sign onto the Giving Pledge, a commitment by billionaires to donate at least half of their fortune during their lifetime or upon their death. What a philantropic act!
Today, she is engaged to Tom Bernthal after two previous marriages – one with Brian Kraff which ended in a divorce and the other with Dave Goldberg, who died in 2015. She has 2 children – a son and a daughter both of who were born to Dave Goldberg. She has a net worth of $1.8 billion as of September 2020 which makes her one of the wealthiest people in the world today.
The 2 lessons which should be noted in Sheryl Sandberg’s life are as follows:-
First, she is very focused: All through her college days, she had outstanding results and till today, it is still a part of her life as her excellence does the talking wherever she goes.
Secondly, she is not easily manipulated: In a world dominated by men, she still encourages and supports women to be up to the task in their various fields in order to strike the gender balance.
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