Sheryl Sandberg

Former COO of Meta, founder of its nonprofit foundation  


Ranked #34 in 2013.


Shortlisted for the 2013 Thinkers50 Best Book Award for “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead”. 


Named in the Time 100, an annual list of the most influential people in the world (2012).


In her book, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead (2013), Sandberg re-ignited the debate about how women can best succeed in the workplace. Central to Sandberg’s argument is the idea of leaning in – creating a virtuous circle of proving your worth and then shaping your future – which inspired a global community group, Leanin.Org, that supports women striving to reach their ambitions.


After attending Harvard, where she majored in economics and gained an MBA, Sandberg’s early career included stints at the World Bank and the US Department of the Treasury. She then joined Google as VP of online sales and operations in 2001, before serving as COO of Meta (2008-2022). 


Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead (2013); Lean In for Graduates (2014); Originals: How Non-Conformist Move the World (with Adam Grant, 2016); Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy (with Adam Grant, 2017).


Media picks


“Lean In is a superb, witty, candid, and meaningful read for women (and men) of all generations.” 

Condoleeza Rice, former US Secretary of State.

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