Sheryl Sandberg has served as the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook since 2008 and was elected in 2012 to its board of directors. After a career as Chief of Staff to the United States Department of Treasury under Bill Clinton, she joined Google in 2001 as a Vice President of Global Online Sales and Operations, before finally joining Facebook.
Since 2007, she has been ranked one of the 50 ‘Most Powerful Women in Business’ by Fortune Magazine, being the youngest women to feature on that list, and in 2011, she was named the fifth most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.
Outside of her work at Facebook, Sandberg is pursuing a personal project, where she raises the question of what stops women from rising to the top. She is publishing a book in the coming days on this subject called ‘Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead’.
To give you an idea of Sandberg’s approach to the question, please view her talk on TED in December 2010, which had almost 2 million views. It is a passionate speech that encourages women to step up:
Her book that follows the same line of thought has created, even before being published, some controversy. Please read the very interesting article on the New Yorker: