Discovering Sheryl Sandberg Activist, Author, COO

By Donna Nelson

When it comes to women in business, some are more involved than others. Something that holds true for Sheryl Sandberg, Author, Activist and Chief Operating Officer of Facebook. In addition, the young business woman can also be credited with founding Learnin dot com. Although, these are only a few of the achievements the young business woman has accomplished over the years.

Ms. Sandberg started this journey when born on August 28, 1969 in Washington, D. C. Later, making a home in Menlo Park, California, United States of America. Then, upon graduating high school, she became a proud graduate of Harvard University with a Business and Masters in Business Administration.

As most proud democrats, the young business woman now finds great challenges in business and politics. For, while the first to sit on the board of Facebook, Sheryl also sits on the boards of several other business and political organizations. As such, like many others, there is often a great deal of caution when it comes to discussing current political climates and events with other board members.

Boards which Ms. Sandberg now sits on include, Women for Women International, Center for Global Development, V-Day and SurveyMonkey. While a proud member of each board, there are often heated discussions with relation to ongoing change in all areas of business and government. Although, having gone through two divorces and having raised two children, the young business woman shows a great deal of strength and integrity when dealing with differences of opinion and other issues.

In life, the business woman is known as an active I. T. Executive, activist, feminist and author. In addition, Ms. Sandberg is the first woman to sit on the Board of Directors at Facebook. Before joining Facebook, the business woman assisted in online operations and sales at Google while also launching the technology giant's philanthropic aspects. In politics, the activist first served as Chief of Staff for United States Secretary Lawrence Summers.

Having attended grade school in Menlo Park, California, then high school in Florida, the student learned early on the importance of flexibility and change in life. Something that has most likely helped in getting the young business woman where she is today. For, the more an individual learns about adaptability and flexibility at an early age, often the further one is going to go in life.

During early and secondary education, the young student was always participating in class events. In addition, Sheryl was voted Sophomore Class President by peers while attending a Florida high school. At the same time, the teenager was also leading an aerobics class at a local gym while participating in a number of other extra-curricular events.

It was in 2007 when Sheryl met Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of Facebook. The two met at a holiday party held by Dan Rosenwieg. While having no current role open for a Chief Operating Officer, Mark knew the young business woman would make a great one. As a result, Facebook opened up the position and hired the up and coming executive.

As Chief Operating Officer, Author, Activist and Board Member of several organizations and committees, the young business woman will no doubt still face a number of challenges in politics and business. Although, with the power, skills and knowledge to meet those challenges head on, there is no doubt Ms. Sandberg will be a success.

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