Sheryl Sandberg, fully Sheryl Kara Sandberg

Sheryl
Sandberg, fully Sheryl Kara Sandberg
1969

American Technology Executive, Activist, and Author, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook

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When it comes time to settle down, find someone who wants an equal partner. Someone who thinks women should be smart, opinionated, and ambitious. Someone who values fairness and expects or, even better, wants to do his share in the home. These men exist and, trust me, over time, nothing is sexier.

You are the promise for a more equal world. So my hope for everyone here is that after you walk across this stage, after you get your diploma, after you go out tonight and celebrate hard - you then will lean way in to your career. You will find something you love doing and you will do it with gusto. Find the right career for you and go all the way to the top. As you walk off this stage today, you start your adult life. Start out by aiming high. Try - and try hard. Like everyone here, I have great hopes for the members of this graduating class. I hope you find true meaning, contentment, and passion in your life. I hope you navigate the difficult times and come out with greater strength and resolve. I hope you find whatever balance you seek with your eyes wide open. And I hope that you - yes, you - have the ambition to lean in to your career and run the world. Because the world needs you to change it. Women all around the world are counting on you. So please ask yourself: What would I do if I weren't afraid? And then go do it.

We need to stop telling [women], Get a mentor and you will excel. Instead, we need to tell them, Excel and you will get a mentor.

When looking for a life partner, my advice to women is date all of them: the bad boys, the cool boys, the commitment-phobic boys, the crazy boys. But do not marry them. The things that make the bad boys sexy do not make them good husbands. When it comes time to settle down, find someone who wants an equal partner. Someone who thinks women should be smart, opinionated, and ambitious. Someone who values fairness and expects or, even better, wants to do his share in the home. These men exist and, trust me, over time, nothing is sexier.

You can?t do it all. No one can have two full-time jobs, have perfect children and cook three meals and be multi-orgasmic ?til dawn ? Superwoman is the adversary of the women?s movement.

We need women at all levels, including the top, to change the dynamic, reshape the conversation, to make sure women's voices are heard and heeded, not overlooked and ignored.

When my mother took her turn to sit in a gown at her graduation, she thought she only had two career options: nursing and teaching. She raised me and my sister to believe that we could do anything, and we believed her.

You have to take opportunities and make an opportunity fit for you, rather than the other way around.

We?ve got to get women to sit at the table. Sheryl talks about how, in a room full of executives, the men sit in the chairs at the table and the women are in the chairs that line the walls of the room. We?re working on claiming our own space at the table, for sure, because being seen and heard, and feeling as though you?re genuinely a part of the magic, is where it all begins.

When Warren Buffett talks about competing against only half of the population, I think about her and wonder how different her life might have been if she had been born half a century later.

You know, there has never been a 24-hour period in five years when I have not responded to e-mail at Facebook. I am not saying it?s easy. I work long hours. I am saying that I was able to mold those hours around the needs of my family, and that matters. And I really encourage other people at Facebook to mold hours around themselves.

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.

When woman work outside the home and share breadwinning duties, couples are more likely to stay together. In fact, the risk of divorce reduces by about half when a wife earns half the income and a husband does half the housework.

You take someone to the airport, it?s clearly the beginning of the relationship. That?s why I have never taken anyone to the airport at the beginning of a relationship. SALLY: Why? HARRY: Because eventually things move on and you don?t take someone to the airport and I never wanted anyone to say to me, How come you never take me to the airport anymore?

We've got to get women to sit at the table.

When you want to change things, you can?t please everyone. If you do please everyone, you aren?t making enough progress.

You then will lean way in to your career. You will find something you love doing and you will do it with gusto. Find the right career for you and go all the way to the top. Start out by Aiming high. Try- and try hard. I hope you find true meaning, contentment, and passion in your life. I hope you navigate the difficult times and come out with greater strength and resolve. I hope you find whatever balance you seek with your eyes wide open.

What about the rat race in the first place? Is it worthwhile? Or are you just buying into someone else's definition of success? Only you can decide that, and you'll have to decide it over and over and over. But if you think it's a rat race, before you drop out, take a deep breath. Maybe you picked the wrong job. Try again. And then try again.

When you're more valuable, the people around you will do more to make it work.

What I tell everyone, and I really do for myself is, I have a long-run dream, which is I want to work on stuff that I think matters. Okay, we might be slacking off in this department. Adding ?create a 10 year goal and gameplan? to the to do list right now.

Whoever has the power takes the noun while the less powerful get an adjective. No one wants her achievements modified. We all just want to be the noun.

What is your biggest problem, and how can I solve it?

Women are not making it to the top of any profession in the world. But when I say, 'The blunt truth is that men run the world,' people say, 'Really?' That, to me, is the problem.

What works for men does not always work for women, because success and likability are positively correlated for men and negatively correlated for women. That's what the research shows. As a man gets more successful, everyone is rooting for him. As a woman gets more successful, both men and women like her less.

Women are not making it to the top. A hundred and ninety heads of state; nine are women. Of all the people in parliament in the world, thirteen per cent are women. In the corporate sector, women at the top - C-level jobs, board seats - tops out at fifteen, sixteen per cent.

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First Name
Sheryl
Last Name
Sandberg, fully Sheryl Kara Sandberg
Birth Date
1969
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American Technology Executive, Activist, and Author, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook