At 44, Sheryl Sandberg is at home in the heights of American power: She has her Harvard MBA, she was chief of staff for the secretary of treasury, she was a VP at Google, and she's been the chief operating officer at Facebook since 2008.
The social network, once chastised for not monetizing soon enough, is now printing cash. Lots of it is going Sandberg, who's now one of the country's youngest billionaires.
She's also become a face of gender equality: Her book "Lean In" isn't just the biggest business book of the decade, it's also a movement.
Here's the author-exec in her own words.On tech's diversity problem
"Endless data show that diverse teams make better decisions. We are building products that people with very diverse backgrounds use, and I think we all want our company makeup to reflect the makeup of the people who use our products. That's not true of any industry really, and we have a long way to go."
[USA Today, August 2014]
On the arc of your career
"Careers are a jungle gym, not a ladder."
["Lean In," 2013]
On the glass ceiling
"We've ceased making progress at the top in any industry anywhere in the world ... In the United States, women have had 14% of the top corporate jobs and 17% of the board seats for 10 years. Ten years of no progress.
"In those same 10 years, women are getting more and more of the graduate degrees, more and more of the undergraduate degrees, and it's translating into more women in entry-level jobs, even more women in lower-level management. But there's absolutely been no progress at the top. You can't explain away 10 years. Ten years of no progress is no progress."
[NPR, March 2013]
On her vision of success
"Success for me is that if my son chooses to be a stay-at-home parent, he is cheered on for that decision. And if my daughter chooses to work outside the home and is successful, she is cheered on and supported."
[NPR, March 2013]
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