Sheryl Sandberg is one of the wealthiest women in the world, the chief operating officer (COO) of Facebook since 2008 and best-selling author of ‘Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead.’
Sheryl was born in 1969 in Washington, D.C.. Her father is an ophthalmologist, and her mother taught French at a local college. She studied economics at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and became the best student in her direction. After graduation, together with her mentor Lawrence Summers she worked at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. on projects that helped developing countries. Then she decided to move to Silicon Valley to join the booming tech industry and in 2001 Sandberg joined the search engine company Google, Inc., as general manager of its business unit. Soon she became vice president of global online sales and operations. In 2004 she was put in charge of Google’s for-profit philanthropy arm, which focused on the problems of climate change, public health, and poverty. Sandberg was recruited as Facebook’s first COO in 2008. Facebook had grown enormously since its founding in 2004, and the company needed a person to supervise the daily operations. Sandberg created an advertising strategy for Facebook that allowed the company to finally become profitable, and her role in the development of the company was a crucial ingredient in Facebook’s success.
Now she is one of the most powerful people in Silicon Valley and helps women around the world to become successful. That’s why she wrote a book “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” in which she outlined her basic principles. She also founded at Harvard College an organization called Women in Economics and Government, which helps women to major in these industries.