Tech Businesswoman, Advocate & Philanthropist
One of the most powerful women in the tech industry, Sheryl Sandberg has been extremely successful in almost everything she attempts. Sandberg currently serves as the COO of Facebook – that means she manages the day-to-day operations of the company.
She was also the first female member of Facebook’s board. Before she worked at Facebook, she was in charge of a large department at Google, and before that she was the Chief of Staff for the United States Secretary of the Treasury. And all this before she turned 45 years old!
Sandberg graduated at the top of her class in high school, college (at Harvard), and business school (also Harvard). She has also always been interested in helping women to be successful in business. In college she started an organization called Women in Economics and Government and she recently became a best-selling author after publishing her book, “Lean In,” which is about the lack of women in leadership positions in business and government, and how to help women succeed in business.
Sandberg has also donated millions of dollars to empower women. Most recently, she moved $31 million in Facebook shares to the Sheryl Sandberg Philanthropy Fund, which funds nonprofits that support women in the workplace. Sheryl signed the Giving Pledge in 2014, which means she will donate the bulk of her wealth to charity. Other causes that she plans to donate to include the Stand Up for Kids Campaign and Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties, both of which make sure kids have enough to eat.