Profiles in Power: Sheryl Sandberg

Born in Washington, D.C., in 1969, Sheryl Sandberg bagged a degree in Economics from the Harvard University. She graduated summa cum laude and proceeded to work with the World Bank. She went ahead to study at the Harvard Business School before working in the United States Treasury Department in the Clinton administration. In November 2000, when the Democrats were chased out of office by the Republicans, Sheryl Sandberg moved to the Silicon Valley to work for Google. She spent seven years with Google before moving to Facebook. Sandberg has been the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Facebook since 2008. She wrote the book “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead,” which has successfully sold over one million copies.



Sheryl Sandberg was the oldest of Joel Sandberg and Adele nee Einhorn’s children. Joel was an ophthalmologist while her mother taught the French language in college. Both her parents were Jewish. She moved to North Miami Beach in Florida, with her family at the age of two from her birth place in Washington. She was class president in her second year in high school, and she was on the executive board of the senior class. Sheryl Sandberg graduated ninth overall in her class, in 1987, from North Miami Beach Senior High School, with a GPA of 4.6, and was in her high school’s National Honor Society. She also taught aerobics in high school in the 1980s.

She majored in economics at the Harvard University and Larry summers was her thesis adviser.



In 1991, Sheryl Sandberg was a summa cum laude graduate of Economics from the Harvard College, and she got the John Williams prize for her academic excellence. She co-founded the Women in Economics & Government organization while at Harvard, and met Professor Larry Summers at the time. He would later become her thesis advisor and mentor, and he recruited Sandberg as his research assistant while working at the World Bank. She would go on to work on health projects for up to one year in India, dealing primarily with AIDS, leprosy and blindness.

She enrolled into the Harvard business school in 1993 and earned her master’s degree with the highest distinction. She also won a fellowship in year one of business school. Upon graduation in 1995, Sandberg worked with McKensey and Company as their management consultant for one year. Between 1996 and 2001, Sandberg would again work with Larry Summers, while he was serving as the U.S. Secretary of Treasury under the Bill Clinton administration. She assisted in the work of the Treasury on forgiving the debts of the developing world, at the height of the financial crisis in Asia.

Sandberg was out of the job when the republicans took over the government in November, 2000. In 2001, she moved to the Silicon Valley and served as the Global Online Sales Vice President at Google Inc. from 2001 to 2008. Sandberg was responsible for Google book search and Google’s consumer products sales operations, as well as online sales of publishing and advertising products.

She was hired as Facebook’s COO in March 2008.