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Sheryl Sandberg – Coo at Facebook
Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg is an inspiring woman for modern times. The technology executive, activist and author is a role model for today’s females, inspiring them to believe in themselves and their own power to live a successful life that they dream of having.
After she was appointed to her current position at Facebook in 2008, she really made an impact, helping boost their revenues tenfold! She basically joined the infamous company when it was still in its startup phase and helped them go from a $56 million annual loss to a $3.7 billion profit.
She’s primarily responsible for helping Facebook do multiple things, such as scale its operations, expand its global presence, manage its marketing, sales and business development and so much more. What makes her so admirable in the business world is the fact that she’ll never really take the credit for Facebook’s improvement and success, instead thanking its employees for their cooperation in helping the company succeed.
But not only is her work as an executive and activist at Facebook impressive, many women admire her for her points in her bestselling book, “Lean In,” which speaks upon today’s gender differences, how women are held back in the workplace and then offers useful advise so that women can achieve their career goals. Sandberg is so influential that she was ranked as No. 37 on Forbes list of Most Powerful Women in 2016.
Sandberg has spend many years of her career advocating for women and women’s rights in the workplace. She often speaks about the importance of giving women equal opportunities at work in order to thrive and is a huge advocate for gender equality, especially when it comes to pay.
Her 2010 TED talk, “Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders,” is one of her most inspiring talks to date, shining light on how women continue to face barriers to their success in the workplace. She continues to inspire all by urging women to be confident and to reach for opportunities instead waiting for them, both at home and work.
As the individual behind the whole “lean in” movement, Sandberg encourages women to take every opportunity they can to become leaders because having more female voices in power will then create more opportunities for everyone. Sandberg noticed that women were turning down career-advancing opportunities because they wanted to be mothers one day, but she’s advocating for work-life balance so that women can still achieve workplace success despite being family-oriented.
Her “lean in” movement inspired more than 16,000 Lean In circle across the globe, where women support each other and get advise on their careers and more. She’s also one of the influential women behind the “band the word bossy” campaign, along with Beyonce and others, because the term degrades women in leadership, making them seem bossy instead of simply in charge.
Even when facing the crushing loss of her husband Dave Goldberg back in 2015, Sandberg has shown immense strength through her grief, further demonstrating why so many women look up to her.
Women look up to Sandberg because she says and does a lot of things that modern women are feeling and they appreciate seeing a woman take action. Sandberg is trying to make the business world more welcoming for women and the world is finally taking notice.