Sheryl Sandberg: A stepping stone

TechNews Writer
Mon Apr 25, 2022

"We can't change what we're not aware of, and once we're aware, we're forced to change". For a long time, these words of Sheryl Sandberg have served as a stepping stone in my life. These statements by Sheryl Sandberg are utterly enthralling, and the manner she has managed her life in the face of adversity has caused me to see her as my most revered leader of the contemporary era. Her experience at Mckinsey and Google, crafting an evolutionary road to become Meta's Chief Operating Officer (COO) and turning the tables for them, has left an imprint on the globe for all other women to surpass themselves and always ask themselves, "What would you do if you weren't afraid?"

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's Chief Operating Officer, was born in 1969 to a Jewish family in Washington, D.C. In 1971, she received her Bachelor of Arts in economics from Harvard University. During her studies, she had topped graduating students in economics and was also awarded by John H. Williams Prize.
After completing her studies in business school she worked as a management consultant at  McKinsey & Company for almost a year. Sheryl joined Google as the person responsible for online sales of Google's advertising and publishing goods, as well as sales operations of Google's consumer products, after working for a few other firms for a few years. The most turning and impressive point in her work was that she started to work with 4 people in the team and made so much growth that the ad and sales teams were expanded to 4000 people.

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's co-founder and CEO, met Sandberg at a Christmas party in 2007 and thought she would be a good fit for the position of Chief Operating Officer at Facebook. She immediately sought to figure out how to make Facebook profitable after leaving Google. The firm had planned to create a creative site for a profit before she joined. However, in response to Sandberg's observation, she opted to invest more in advertising and marketing rather than constructing a new website. This decision made Facebook profitable. She joined Facebook's board of directors as the eighth member and the first woman in early 2012. 

Apart from the business mind, she has also written articles and books like Lean In, Option B, Ban Bossy, etc. The book concerns the lack of women in the field of business, leadership, etc. Reading her works inspires me to pursue jobs in topics that interest me rather than feeling weak and depressed because I am a woman. Women also have the right and scope to be a boss and rule a business.




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