21 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Sheryl Sandberg
Graduating from Harvard University in 1991, Sandberg later went back and earned her master's in economics. During her time at Harvard, Sandberg was an aerobics teacher and helped co-found the on-campus group Women in Economics and Government. After school, she worked with Larry Summers as his chief of staff while he was treasury secretary under President Bill Clinton.
Before joining Facebook, Sandberg was in a leading position at Google. But once she met Zuckerberg, she hopped on board and is today recognized as not only the COO but a leading female figure at Facebook. While she's experienced setbacks and heartbreak -- having lost her husband unexpectedly -- Sandberg's publicly demonstrated her strength and resilience.
She's the author of two bestselling books and is a leading voice of women around the world. There's much to learn about the inspirational woman -- here are 19 facts you probably didn't know about Sandberg.
She was born in Washington, D.C., but moved to Miami when she was 2.
Sandberg used to be an aerobics instructor.
She co-founded the group Women in Economic and Government at Harvard.
Studying gender and economics at Harvard, Sandberg co-founded the group Women in Economics and Government on-campus.
Larry Summers was her thesis advisor at Harvard.
She graduated summa cum laude from Harvard.
Sandberg graduated with the highest distinction from Harvard Business School.
She was chief of staff to U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Larry Summer under the Clinton administration.
In 1999, at 29-years-old, Sandberg served as chief of staff to then U.S. Treasury Secretary Larry Summers under the Clinton administration. She had prior worked for Summers as a research assistant at the World Bank.
She married her first husband at age 24.
She worked at Google before Facebook.
Sandberg and Zuckerberg met at a Christmas party.
Eric Schmidt convinced her to join his team.
She doesn’t like the word “bossy.”
She was the first woman to be appointed to Facebook’s board.
In 2012, four years into Sandberg's career as Facebook's COO, Sandberg became the first woman to join Facebook's board of directors.
Her husband died unexpectedly during a vacation in Mexico.
After her husband’s death, she wrote "Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy."
Facebook helped her recover from the loss of her husband.
To unwind, she watches “bad TV.”
She uses a spiral notebook to organize her day.
Before meetings, she asks people to share their current well-being.
Before starting meetings with her leadership team, Sandberg checks in with members of the meeting, inviting them to share their current emotional and professional state before getting down to business.