Sheryl Sandberg is an American technology executive, activist, and author. But she may be best known as the chief operating officer of Facebook. is Facebook’s first female member on the Board of Directors. She also founded Leanin.org and co-authored two books, ‘Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead’ with Nell Scovell, and ‘Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy’ with Adam Grant.

Before joining Facebook, she was Vice President of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google. There she helped launch Google’s philanthropic arm, Google.org. She served as Chief of Staff for United States Secretary of the Treasury. She has been invited as a keynote speaker at various events and delivered the TED speech titled “Why We HaveToo Few Women Leaders”. In 2012, she listed as one of the ‘Time 100’, Time Magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world and currently ranks fourth on ‘Forbes’ list of Most Powerful Women.

Sheryl Kara Sandberg was born on August 28, 1969 in Washington, D.C. to Joel Sandberg, an ophthalmologist, and Adele Sandberg, a French language teacher, who left her job and Ph.D. studies to raise her children. She and her younger siblings, David and Michelle, were raised in North Miami Beach, Florida, where the family relocated when she was only two. In 1991, she graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard College and, as the top graduating student in economics, was awarded the John H. Williams Prize. Her then-professor Larry Summers offered to provide advice on her thesis paper, and also supported the group ‘Women in Economics and Government’ that she co-founded.

She left her job as management consultant at McKinsey and Company, after the Republicans came into power in November 2000, and moved to Silicon Valley. There she joined Google Inc. From November 2001 to March 2008, she supervised sales of its advertising and publishing products, consumer products and Google Book Search. At a party she met she met Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder and CEO of Facebook, and had an hour-long discussion after he introduced himself.

In the following months, she had several private meetings with Zuckerberg to talk about how to make Facebook profitable. He offered her the role of the chief operating officer (COO). She eventually accepted Zuckerberg’s offer and left Google despite attempts to convince her to stay. Sheryl Sandberg is best known for making Facebook a profitable company as it was originally built as a “really cool site” with little revenue.