Sheryl Sandberg: Women, sit at the table

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg devotes her time to at least two occupations other than the social media business: raising her two children and advocating for women leaders. On the latter, she offers 3 pieces of advice to professional women who want to succeed in their careers:

  • Sit at the table
  • Make your partner a real partner
  • Don’t leave before you leave

It is all detailed on the TED Talk below, entitled “Why we have too few women leaders”.

With 968,000 followers on Facebook herself, Sheryl Sandberg conducts the firm’s business operations including sales, marketing, business development, human resources, public policy and communications. She was invited by Mark Zuckenberg to join the company in 2008 when Facebook was a cool social networking tool with no idea about how to become profitable. It did three years later.

Before that, she was Vice President of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google and chief of staff for the United States Department of the Treasury. This year, she was mentioned in the Time’s annual list of 100 most influential people in the world. Sandberg also serves on the board of Women for Women International.

About the author: Melissa de Andrade is a social media strategist, who graduated from the University of Washington. She also has extensive experience as a journalist in Brazil, specializing in technology, and holds a masters degree in Digital Enterprise Management from the UK. Her blog about social media is found at

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