Facebook COO and author of bestseller “Lean In,” Sheryl Sandberg is now asking men and women to “Lean In Together” to further gender equality at home and work. In March 2015, her LeanIn.org launched a public service campaign with the NBA and WNBA, promoting equality. The former Google executive joined Facebook in 2008 and became the first woman on its board four years later. Sandberg helped the social network scale globally, go public and expand digital revenue. Earlier, the Harvard MBA was a World Bank economist and chief of staff to then-Treasury Secretary Larry Summers. Her husband, Dave Goldberg, SurveyMonkey’s CEO, who long supported her fast-track career, died unexpectedly at age 47 in May 2015.(+)Read more
Her book has 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. It has spawned a movement. It was shortlisted for the 2013 Thinkers50 Best Book Award.