Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, said the world's biggest social media company is obligated to promote communities and connections among people -- and do so in a positive way.With about 1.9 billion monthly users, "we have a responsibility to build things that are good" and which promote "kindness and empathy," said Sandberg, speaking at the Cannes Lions advertising and media conference Wednesday.She added, "That’s why I went to work for a 23-year-old" in 2008 -- CEO Mark Zuckerberg --...
Sandberg’s high stature in the business world was illustrated last June when she had to quash a rumor that she’s at the front of the line of possible replacements for Disney CEO Bob Iger, as well as speculation that she might be interested in a career in politics.
Sandberg has also been active as an advocate for women in the workplace through her non-profit LeanIn.Org, founded in the wake of her 2013 non-fiction bestseller “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead,” which was optioned as a feature by Sony. In 2014, she stirred up controversy with LeanIn’s “Ban Bossy” campaign to eliminate the use of the word “bossy” due to the harm it was perceived to have on you girls. She had a better response for last June’s “#LeanInTogether: Together Women Can” initiative encouraging women to be allies to each other in the workplace with a long list of female celebs including Lena Dunham and Serena Williams. During her tenure at Google, she was instrumental in launching that company’s philanthropic arm, Google.org.
Sandberg sits on the board of directors of Facebook, as well as the boards of Disney, the Center for Global Development, V-Day and Women for Women International. In 2017 she published a second book, “Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy,” in the wake of the death of her husband.