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Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and one of the most powerful women in business according to Fortune magazine, examines the reasons women aren’t assuming leadership roles at work. She illustrates her ideas with personal and professional anecdotes in an informative, eloquent presentation. getAbstract recommends this presentation to women who strive to navigate their way up the corporate ladder and to anyone wishing to foster women’s equality and empowerment at work.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why women don't hold the top positions at their companies,
  • What three messages women need to tell themselves to succeed, and
  • What internal and external obstacles women face at home and work.

About the Speaker

Sheryl Sandberg is the chief operating officer of Facebook. She is a former chief of staff at the US Treasury Department and has worked as an economist at the World Bank. She is the author of Lean In.



Women today have more career opportunities than their mothers or grandmothers had. Yet men hold the majority of top positions in the world (even in nonprofit work, which is typically regarded as a woman-led industry). The statistics that illustrate this problem haven’t changed since 2002 – if anything...

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    Brandi Wielgopolski 6 months ago
    Great! I enjoyed the speech. Thought the abstract could have included more information in each of the points. Overall, I enjoyed both/
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    Sheila Forde 4 years ago
    a few years old but the messages still resonate - unconscious bias, as Sheryl points out she does not even realise she suffers from this at times. And as for housework ... don't get me started! Parents - teach your sons to vacuum, clean the bathroom and iron, etc, the tough guys in the army do it.

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