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Lean In

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Lean In

Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
Sheryl Sandberg—Facebook COO, ranked eighth on Fortune's list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business—has become one of America's most galvanizing leaders, and an icon for millions of women juggling work and family. In Lean In, she urges women to take risks and seek new challenges, to find work that they love, and to remain passionately engaged with it at the highest levels throughout their lives.
Lean In—Sheryl Sandberg's provocative, inspiring book about women and power—grew out of an electrifying TED talk Sandberg gave in 2010, in which she expressed her concern that progress for women in achieving major leadership positions had stalled. The talk became a phenomenon and has since been viewed nearly two million times. In Lean In, she fuses humorous personal anecdotes, singular lessons on confidence and leadership, and practical advice for women based on research, data, her own experiences, and the experiences of other women of all ages. Sandberg has an uncanny gift for cutting through layers of ambiguity that surround working women, and in Lean In she grapples, piercingly, with the great questions of modern life. Her message to women is overwhelmingly positive. She is a trailblazing model for the ideas she so passionately espouses, and she's on the pulse of a topic that has never been more relevant.
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Sheryl Sandberg—Facebook COO, ranked eighth on Fortune's list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business—has become one of America's most galvanizing leaders, and an icon for millions of women juggling work and family. In Lean In, she urges women to take risks and seek new challenges, to find work that they love, and to remain passionately engaged with it at the highest levels throughout their lives.
Lean In—Sheryl Sandberg's provocative, inspiring book about women and power—grew out of an electrifying TED talk Sandberg gave in 2010, in which she expressed her concern that progress for women in achieving major leadership positions had stalled. The talk became a phenomenon and has since been viewed nearly two million times. In Lean In, she fuses humorous personal anecdotes, singular lessons on confidence and leadership, and practical advice for women based on research, data, her own experiences, and the experiences of other women of all ages. Sandberg has an uncanny gift for cutting through layers of ambiguity that surround working women, and in Lean In she grapples, piercingly, with the great questions of modern life. Her message to women is overwhelmingly positive. She is a trailblazing model for the ideas she so passionately espouses, and she's on the pulse of a topic that has never been more relevant.
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  • Sheryl Sandberg
    Chief Operating Officer
    Facebook

    Sheryl Sandberg is chief operating officer at Facebook, overseeing the firm's business operations. Prior to Facebook, Sheryl was vice president of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google, chief of staff for the United States Treasury Department under President Clinton, a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, and an economist with the World Bank.

    Sheryl received a BA summa cum laude from Harvard University and an MBA with highest distinction from Harvard Business School.

    Sheryl is the author of the bestsellers Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead and Lean In for Graduates and founder of LeanIn.Org, a global community committed to empowering all women to achieve their ambitions. Sheryl serves on the boards of Facebook, the Walt Disney Company, Women for Women International, and ONE.

    Sheryl lives in Menlo Park with her son, daughter, and two fish.


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  • Oprah Winfrey
    "Honest and brave . . . The new manifesto for women in the workplace."
  • Anna Holmes, The New Yorker "Lean In is an inauguration more than a last word, and an occasion for celebration . . . Many, many women, young and old, elite and otherwise, will find it prescriptive, refreshing, and perhaps even revolutionary."
  • Janet Maslin, The New York Times "A landmark manifesto . . . Fifty years after The Feminine Mystique . . . Sandberg addresses 21st-century issues that never entered Betty Friedan's wildest dreams . . . Lean In will be an influential book. It will open the eyes of women who grew up thinking that feminism was ancient history, who recoil at the word but walk heedlessly through the doors it opened. And it will encourage those women to persevere in their professional lives."
  • Chelsea Clinton "Lean In poses a set of ambitious challenges to women: to create the lives we want, to be leaders in our work, to be partners in our homes, and to be champions of other women. Sheryl provides pragmatic advice on how women in the twenty-first century can meet these challenges. I hope women--and men--of my generation will read this book to help us build the lives we want to lead and the world we want to live in."
  • Mohamed El-Erian, CEO of PIMCO, in Fortune "I approached it wearing two hats--one as CEO [and] the other as the parent of a nine-year-old daughter. In both capacities, I feel that Lean In is a must read."
  • Kare Anderson, Forbes "Inspirational . . . Sandberg offers concrete suggestions on how to make our work and home life more satisfying and successful."
  • Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, The Atlantic "What Sandberg offers is a view that shows 20-somethings that choices and tradeoffs surely exist, but that the 'old normal' of blunting ambition so that you can fit in one category or another does not have to be the way it is. And that each of us has a say in what comes next. And that includes men."
  • Jim Collins, author of Good to Great "Sheryl Sandberg has done a tremendous service with this work. It offers a vital and sharp message, for women and men. We need great leaders in key seats spread throughout all sectors of society, and we simply cannot afford to lose 50 percent of the smartest, most capable people from competing for those seats. Provocative, practical, and inspired!"
  • Shweta Punj, Business Today "Sandberg recounts her own experiences and dilemmas with great honesty, making it easy for women across cultures and geographies to identify with her. She spells out much that is well known about the problems working women face, but rarely articulated . . . In every word she writes, Sandberg's authenticity shines through."
  • Michael Cohen, The Guardian "Lively, entertaining, urgent, and yes, even courageous . . . Lean In is both a radical read and incredibly accessible . . . While it's obvious that women have much to gain from reading Sandberg's book, so do men--perhaps even more so . . . Lean In is the beginning of an important and long-overdue conversation in the United States--but it will only be a national conversation, and one that endures, if men do their part and lean in, too."
  • Meeta Agrawal, Entertainment Weekly "Grade: A . . . a rallying cry to working women . . . Lean In is the most cogent piece of writing I've encountered that speaks to the internal and institutional forces that can trip up an ambitious woman, whether she has a baby on board or not . . . The wisdom she shares here is a gift that all women (and all partners who support them, in the workplace or at home) should give themselves."
  • Sir Richard Branson, chairman, the Virgin Group "If you loved Sheryl Sandberg's incredible TEDTalk on why we have too few women leaders, or simply believe as I do that we need equality in the boardroom, then this book is for you. As Facebook's COO, Sheryl Sandberg has firsthand experience of why having more women in leadership roles is good for business as well as society. Lean In is essential reading for anyone interested in righting the injustice of this inequality."
  • Judith Warner, TIME "Sandberg's message matters deeply: it has a shot at bringing about a cultural change that would improve the lives of all women."
  • Rebecca Traister, Los Angeles Times "A muscular manifesto on the gender inequities of the professional world . . . Sandberg is making a disruptive, crucial observati
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