Sheryl Sandberg to speak at Stanford

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Sheryl Sandberg to speak at Stanford

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by Cara Reichard on Monday, March 4, 2013 - 1:51pm

Sheryl SandbergAs chief operating officer of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg is one of the most powerful women in business today—and she is a prominent advocate for gender equality. Her 2010 TED Talk, about ways in which women unintentionally hold themselves back in their careers, has been viewed more than 2 million times. Since then, Sandberg has been a passionate national advocate of women in the workplace and in society.

On April 2, Sandberg will deliver a public address at Stanford about her new book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. Her visit is sponsored by the Clayman Institute for Gender Research, as its annual Jing Lyman Lecture.

“Sheryl is fueling a movement to move more women into leadership roles, something pivotal to the work we do at the Clayman Institute,” says Clayman Institute Director Shelley Correll.

“As part of the Jing Lyman Lecture Series, we are fortunate to bring in speakers like Sheryl, who is so bravely speaking out as a woman leader. Her dedication to gender equality is truly inspiring.”

Sandberg encourages women to "lean in"

Cover of Sandberg's book "Lean In"Listed on both Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, Sandberg is forging a path for women to succeed as leaders and to transform workplaces. Her much-anticipated book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, will be released March 11.

In Lean In, Sandberg takes a closer look at the issues raised in her 2010 TED Talk, and in a subsequent commencement address at Barnard College. The book includes personal experiences from Sandberg's career and family life, along with research-based data about women in the workplace. It provides practical advice on negotiation techniques, mentorship, and building a satisfying career.

Before working at Facebook, Sandberg served as the Vice President of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google, as well as the Chief of Staff for the United States Treasury Department under President Bill Clinton. She has a BA in Economics from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Lecture series honors Jing Lyman

Sandberg's Stanford address will be the Clayman Institute's 2013 Jing Lyman Lecture. Every year, the Clayman Institute sponsors a lecture by someone who has contributed significantly to gender equality throughout his or her lifetime. Past lectures have featured Gloria Steinem, cofounder and first editor of Ms. magazine and essayist and feminist pundit Katha Pollitt.

The Jing Lyman Lecture Series was launched in 2010 in honor of Jing Lyman, who advocated for the women of Stanford during her time as the university’s “first lady” and in the years since. Her husband, Richard Lyman, served as Stanford president from 1970 to 1980.

Jing Lyman, together with her husband, provided critical support to create the Clayman Institute, which was founded in 1974. She is also a lifetime member of the Advisory Council.


The Jing Lyman Lecture featuring Sheryl Sandberg will be April 2, 7pm, in CEMEX Auditorium. The event is free, but advance reservations are required. Tickets are available either online, by phone (650-725-2787), or in person beginning at 9am on March 7 through the Stanford ticket office. The link will not go live to register for tickets until 9am on March 7. Books will be available for purchase at the event.


Cara ReichardCara Reichard is a sophomore at Stanford University. She is a member of the Clayman Institute's Student Writing Team.