Position: Facebook COO
Residence: Atherton, CA
Education: Bachelor of Arts/ Science, Harvard University
Master of Business Administration, Harvard University
Marital Status: Married (David Goldberg, CEO SurveyMonkey)
While women only represent 3% of the CEOs of Fourtune 500 companies, the number of female executives is growing. Forbes created a list of the top female executives and CEO, amongst them was Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo; Oprah Winfrey, Chairman of Harpo; Meg Whitman, CEO of Hewlett-Packard; Irene Rosenfeld, Chairman and CEO of Kraft Foods and Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook.
Mark Zuckerberg hired Sandberg in 2008; she was responsible for the online advertising sector of Facebook. Under her leadership the decision was made to rely on ads for generating revenue. This decision made is responsible for the company’s enormous growth and initial public offering.
Before Facebook, Sandberg served as chief of staff for the U.S. Treasury Department under President Bill Clinton and managed Google’s online global sales and operations as a vice president.
Many women struggle to find the balance between managing a successful career and motherhood. Sandberg believes it is possible to have both; her and her husband have found that balance.
“I don’t believe in ‘having it all,'” she says. “But I do believe in women and men having both a successful career and family. The more women we get into positions of power, the more likely we’ll get that.”
Sandberg is also an activist and spokesperson for women in the workforce.
However, studies show that not all millennials are buying what Sandberg is preaching.
Although Millennials want a successful career, they also want time for a thriving personal life.
I chose Sheryl Sandberg as devil’s advocate because she stands up to the media and defies their imposed gender roles in a different way than Newsom and Miss Represented.