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Inspirational Quotes: Sheryl Sandberg | Technology executive & COO, Facebook

sheryl sandbergSheryl Sandberg (born August 28, 1969) is an American Technology Executive, billionaire and Chief Operating Officer of Facebook.

Sandberg is also the founder of LeanIn.Org, a not-for-profit organisation which is dedicated to offering women the ongoing inspiration and support to help them achieve their goals. She is also the author of a bestselling book, “Lean In,” which talks about gender differences, reveals how women are held back in the workplace and offers advice to help women achieve their goals.

In June 2012, she was elected onto Facebook's board of director's, making her the eighth member and first woman to serve on its board. Also in 2012, Sandberg was named in the Time 100, an annual list of the most influential people in the world. She has also been ranked as number 37 on Forbes' Most Powerful Women list and number 14 on its America’s Self-Made Women list.

Sandberg has spent most of her career advocating for women and speaking out about the importance of giving women equal opportunities to thrive.

Below, we take a look at Sheryl Sandberg's most famous quotes:

"You are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. Like a muscle, you can build it up, draw on it when you need it. In that process you will figure out who you really are — and you just might become the very best version of yourself."

"Not taking failures personally allows us to recover — and even to thrive."

"Just as our bodies have a physiological immune system, our brains have a psychological immune system — and there are steps you can take to help kick it into gear."

"Finding gratitude and appreciation is key to resilience. People who take the time to list things they are grateful for are happier and healthier."

"The easy days ahead of you will be easy. It is the hard days — the times that challenge you to your very core — that will determine who you are. You will be defined not just by what you achieve, but by how you survive."

"We cannot change what we are not aware of, and once we are aware, we cannot help but change."

"The ability to learn is the most important quality a leader can have."

"Not everything that happens to us happens because of us."

"When you look at successful women, they have other women who have supported them, and they’ve gotten to where they are because of those women."

"Build resilience in yourselves. When tragedy or disappointment strike, know that you have the ability to get through absolutely anything. I promise you do. As the saying goes, we are more vulnerable than we ever thought, but we are stronger than we ever imagined."

"The best antidote to bad speech is good speech. The best antidote to hate is tolerance."

"We hold ourselves back in ways both big and small, by lacking self-confidence, by not raising our hands, and by pulling back when we should be leaning in."

"Bring your whole self to work. I don’t believe we have a professional self Monday through Friday and a real self the rest of the time. It is all professional and it is all personal."

"Trying to do it all and expecting it all can be done exactly right is a recipe for disappointment. Perfection is the enemy."

"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."

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Inspirational quotes: Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook

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Sheryl Sandberg is the chief operating officer of Facebook and best-selling author of Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead.

Born in Washington, D.C. in 1969, Sandberg went to Harvard for her bachelor's degree in economics and worked at the World Bank after graduating summa cum laude. She attended Harvard Business School and went to work in the U.S. Department of the Treasury during the Clinton administration. When the Republicans swept the Democrats out of office in November 2000, Sandberg moved to Silicon Valley and worked for Google. After seven years she then moved to Facebook, where she has been COO since 2008. Sandberg is the author of Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, which has sold more than a million copies.

Below you will find the best inspirational quotes from Sandberg's book.

“In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.”

“There is no perfect fit when you're looking for the next big thing to do. You have to take opportunities and make an opportunity fit for you, rather than the other way around. The ability to learn is the most important quality a leader can have.”

“Careers are a jungle gym, not a ladder.”

“Fortune does favour the bold and you'll never know what you're capable of if you don't try.”

“If you're offered a seat on a rocket ship, don't ask what seat! Just get on.”

“Women need to shift from thinking ‘I'm not ready to do that’ to thinking ‘I want to do that- and I'll learn by doing it.’

“But the upside of painful knowledge is so much greater than the downside of blissful ignorance.”

“Success and likeability are positively correlated for men and negatively for women. When a man is successful, he is liked by both men and women. When a woman is successful, people of both genders like her less.”

“I have never met a woman, or man, who stated emphatically, ‘Yes, I have it all.' Because no matter what any of us has - and how grateful we are for what we have - no one has it all.”

“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.”

“I realised that searching for a mentor has become the professional equivalent of waiting for Prince Charming. We all grew up on the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty, which instructs young women that if they just wait for their prince to arrive, they will be kissed and whisked away on a white horse to live happily ever after. Now young women are told that if they can just find the right mentor, they will be pushed up the ladder and whisked away to the corner office to live happily ever after. Once again, we are teaching women to be too dependent on others.”

“Being confident and believing in your own self-worth is necessary to achieving your potential.”

“A truly equal world would be one where women ran half our countries and companies and men ran half our homes.”

“We compromise our career goals to make room for partners and children who may not even exist yet”

“Real change will come when powerful women are less of an exception. It is easy to dislike senior women because there are so few.”

“The gender stereotypes introduced in childhood are reinforced throughout our lives and become self-fulfilling prophesies. Most leadership positions are held by men, so women don't expect to achieve them, and that becomes one of the reasons they don't.”

“The reason I don't have a plan is because if I have a plan I'm limited to today's options”

“The more women help one another, the more we help ourselves. Acting like a coalition truly does produce results. Any coalition of support must also include men, many of whom care about gender inequality as much as women do.”

“Our culture needs to find a robust image of female success that is first, not male, and second, not a white woman on the phone, holding a crying baby,”

“If a woman pushes to get the job done, if she's highly competent, if she focuses on results rather than on pleasing others, she's acting like a man. And if she acts like a man, people dislike her.”

“A feminist is someone who believes in social, political, and economic equality of the sexes.”

“But instead of blaming women for not negotiating more, we need to recognise that women often have good cause to be reluctant to advocate for their own interests because doing so can easily backfire.”

“Feeling confident - or pretending that you feel confident - is necessary to reach for opportunities. It's a cliché, but opportunities are rarely offered; they're seized.”

“Long-term success at work often depends on not trying to meet every demand placed on us. The best way to make room for both life and career is to make choices deliberately—to set limits and stick to them.”

“Hard work and results should be recognised by others, but when they aren't, advocating for oneself becomes necessary. As discussed earlier, this must be done with great care. But it must be done.”

“Anyone who brings up gender in the workplace is wading into deep and muddy waters. The subject itself presents a paradox, forcing us to acknowledge differences while trying to achieve the goal of being treated the same.”

“Another one of my favorite posters at Facebook declares in big red letters, “Done is better than perfect.” I have tried to embrace this motto and let go of unattainable standards. Aiming for perfection causes frustration at best and paralysis at worst.”

“For many men, the fundamental assumption is that they can have both a successful professional life and a fulfilling personal life. For many women, the assumption is that trying to do both is difficult at best and impossible at worst.”

“We hold ourselves back in ways both big and small, by lacking self-confidence, by not raising our hands, and by pulling back when we should be leaning in.”

“In order to protest ourselves from being disliked, we question our abilities and downplay our achievements, especially in the presence of others. We put ourselves down before others can.”

“Fear is at the root of so many of the barriers that women face. Fear of not being liked. Fear of making the wrong choice. Fear of drawing negative attention. Fear of overreaching. Fear of being judged. Fear of failure. And the holy trinity of fear: the fear of being a bad mother/wife/daughter.”

“Looking back, it made no sense for my college friends and me to distance ourselves from the hard-won achievements of earlier feminists. We should have cheered their efforts. Instead, we lowered our voices, thinking the battle was over, and with this reticence we hurt ourselves.”


Sheryl Sandberg, of Facebook, takes women in tech pole position on Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women

Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg has been named the most powerful woman in technology for the fifth consecutive year, as part of the Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women list.

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Sheryl Sandberg

Sandberg placed seventh on the list overall, but was the top ranking woman in the tech sector to feature. She has a personal fortune to the tune of $1.4 billion and is a voice for female empowerment in the workplace and shared responsibilities at home. In June 2012, she was elected to Facebook’s board of directors by the existing board members, becoming the first woman to serve on Facebook's board.

Of the 100 women on the list 16 were from the technology sector. After Sandberg these included YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki (No. 8 overall), HP CEO Meg Whitman (No. 9), IBM CEO Virginia “Ginni” Rometty (No. 11), Apple Senior VP Angela Ahrendts (No. 15), Oracle Co-CEO Safra Catz (No. 20), Alphabet CFO Ruth Porat (No. 27) and Ursula Burns (No. 34), the CEO of Xerox since 2009. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer (No. 55).

In addition China’s Lucy Peng (No. 35) cofounder of Alibaba and CEO of affiliate Ant Financial Services Group also ranked in this year’s list. She was followed by Hong Kong billionaire-chair of Lens Technology Zhou Qunfei (No.61), Solina Chau (No. 81), cofounder of Hong Kong-based Horizon Ventures and Jenny Lee (No. 100), managing partner of Singapore’s GGV Capital.

Outside of the tech arena, Queen Elizabeth II and SNP leader, Nicola Sturgeon, also ranked on the Forbes World’s 100 Most Powerful Women for 2016.

German chancellor Angela Merkel topped the 100 list with Presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton coming in second place.

Other UK women on the list included Katherine Viner, editor-in-chief, Guardian News and Media (No. 68), Nemat Shafik, Deputy Governor, Bank of England (No. 59) and Eliza Manningham-Buller, Chair of Wellcome Trust (No. 88).

You can view the complete list of 100 women here.

Businesses 100 years from gender equality at C-suite level says Sheryl Sandberg

US businesses are more than 100 years away from gender equality in C-suite roles, Sheryl Sandberg the chief operating officer of Facebook Inc. and the founder of LeanIn.Org wrote in a recent article for the Wall Street Journal.

Senior executive roles are referred to as C-suite roles because they typically begin with the letter C.

Writing for the Wall Street Journal she said: “At the current pace of progress, we are more than 100 years away from gender equality in the C-suite. If NASA launched a person into space today, she could soar past Mars, travel all the way to Pluto and return to Earth 10 times before women occupy half of C-suite offices. Yes, we’re that far away.”

Her comments came after LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Co. release the results of the Women in the Workplace 2015 study which surveyed 30,000 employees across America. According to Sandberg the study found that women are still underrepresented at every corporate level.

Sandberg said that women see “a workplace tilted against them” and are “twice as likely to believe their gender will make it harder to advance.”

She added: “The unfortunate reality is that women at every stage in their careers are less interested than men in becoming a top executive. Contrary to popular belief, this is not solely rooted in family concerns.”

The research found that even women without children cited stress and pressure as their main issue with advancing to an executive role.

She advised companies to track their "progress on diversity—measuring their pipelines in all functions and at all levels, as well as compiling cultural and attitudinal data.”

Sandberg concluded: “Change is never easy. But we can achieve great gains faster than anyone believes. We reached the moon in eight years of concerted effort—not 80. Let’s bring that same urgency to this mission. We will achieve not just a stronger and more successful workplace, but also increased economic growth and benefits for all our workers and families.”