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Sheryl Sandberg

Chief Operating Officer, Facebook

Last Edit: January 30, 2016

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August 28, 1969

Sheryl is born in Washington, D.C. to Joel, an ophthalmologist, and Adele, a French language lecturer.

c.1970

Sheryl has two younger siblings: David and Michelle.
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August 1971

Sheryl's family moves to North Miami Beach, Florida.
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1987

Sheryl graduates from North Miami Beach Senior High School; enrolls at Harvard College.
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1991

Sheryl graduates summa cum laude from Harvard; she is the top graduating economics B.A.
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1991

Sheryl starts job as research assistant for Larry Summers, Chief Economist at the World Bank.
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1993

Sheryl graduates from Harvard Business School MBA program with highest distinction.

1993

Sheryl marries internet entrepreneur Brian Kraff; they divorce a year later.
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1995

Sandberg starts work for McKinsey as a management consultant.

1996

Sandberg becomes Chief of Staff for Larry Summers, who is now U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.
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November 2001

Sandberg joins Google as Vice President of Global Online Sales and Operations.

April 2004

Sheryl marries Dave Goldberg, former Yahoo! music exec and CEO of SurveyMonkey.

2005

Google launches a philanthropic arm, Google.org, with Sheryl's key involvement.
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2005

Sheryl and Dave have their first child, a boy.
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2006

Sheryl and Dave have their second child, a girl.

December 2007

Sheryl meets Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, at a Christmas party.

March 2008

Sandberg joins Facebook as COO.
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March 2009

Sandberg joins the Board of Directors of Starbucks.
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December 2009

Sandberg joins the Board of Directors of The Walt Disney Company.
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2010

Facebook is profitable for the first time, though Zuckerberg emphasizes profits are not a priority.
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December 2010

Sheryl gives TEDWomen talk "Why we have too few women leaders." The video will be seen by millions.

February 2011

Obama appoints Sandberg to the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.
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May 2012

Facebook’s IPO is the largest ever in the tech sector. It disappoints with poor initial performance.
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June, 2012

Sandberg joins Facebook's Board of Directors; she is the first woman to do so.

September 2012

By September 2012, Facebook has over 1 billion users. In August 2008 there were 100 million.
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November 2012

Sheryl makes a donation of $11.8 million to an undisclosed charity.
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March 2013

Sheryl starts Lean In - a non-profit to encourage women worldwide to be ambitous in their careers.
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March 2013

Sandberg launches her 1st book: Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead; it will be a bestseller.
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August 2013

Sheryl sells $91 million of Facebook shares, ~5% of her total stake.
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March 2014

Sandberg, Lean In, Girl Scouts lead "Ban Bossy" campaign, promoting young girls as leaders.

April 2014

Sandberg rules out running for political office on The Today Show, after rumors to the contrary.

May 2014

Sheryl joins The Giving Pledge campaign, promising to give at least half of her fortune to charity.

April 2015

Sandberg announces her support of Hillary Clinton's US presidential campaign.
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May 2015

Forbes ranks Sandberg 8th on its World's 100 Most Powerful Women list.

May 2015

Sheryl's husband Dave Goldberg dies of heart-related causes while they are vacationing in Mexico.

July 2015

Sheryl joins the Board of Directors of her late husband's company, SurveyMonkey.
1960s

August 28, 1969

Sheryl is born in Washington, D.C. to Joel, an ophthalmologist, and Adele, a French language lecturer.

1970s

c.1970

Sheryl has two younger siblings: David and Michelle.

August 1971

Sheryl's family moves to North Miami Beach, Florida.

1980s

1987

Sheryl graduates from North Miami Beach Senior High School; enrolls at Harvard College.

1990s

1991

Sheryl graduates summa cum laude from Harvard; she is the top graduating economics B.A.

1991

Sheryl starts job as research assistant for Larry Summers, Chief Economist at the World Bank.

1993

Sheryl graduates from Harvard Business School MBA program with highest distinction.

1993

Sheryl marries internet entrepreneur Brian Kraff; they divorce a year later.

1995

Sandberg starts work for McKinsey as a management consultant.

1996

Sandberg becomes Chief of Staff for Larry Summers, who is now U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.

2000s

November 2001

Sandberg joins Google as Vice President of Global Online Sales and Operations.

April 2004

Sheryl marries Dave Goldberg, former Yahoo! music exec and CEO of SurveyMonkey.

2005

Google launches a philanthropic arm, Google.org, with Sheryl's key involvement.

2005

Sheryl and Dave have their first child, a boy.

2006

Sheryl and Dave have their second child, a girl.

December 2007

Sheryl meets Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, at a Christmas party.

March 2008

Sandberg joins Facebook as COO.

March 2009

Sandberg joins the Board of Directors of Starbucks.

December 2009

Sandberg joins the Board of Directors of The Walt Disney Company.

2010

Facebook is profitable for the first time, though Zuckerberg emphasizes profits are not a priority.

December 2010

Sheryl gives TEDWomen talk "Why we have too few women leaders." The video will be seen by millions.

2010s

February 2011

Obama appoints Sandberg to the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.

May 2012

Facebook’s IPO is the largest ever in the tech sector. It disappoints with poor initial performance.

June, 2012

Sandberg joins Facebook's Board of Directors; she is the first woman to do so.

September 2012

By September 2012, Facebook has over 1 billion users. In August 2008 there were 100 million.

November 2012

Sheryl makes a donation of $11.8 million to an undisclosed charity.

March 2013

Sheryl starts Lean In - a non-profit to encourage women worldwide to be ambitous in their careers.

March 2013

Sandberg launches her 1st book: Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead; it will be a bestseller.

August 2013

Sheryl sells $91 million of Facebook shares, ~5% of her total stake.

March 2014

Sandberg, Lean In, Girl Scouts lead "Ban Bossy" campaign, promoting young girls as leaders.

April 2014

Sandberg rules out running for political office on The Today Show, after rumors to the contrary.

May 2014

Sheryl joins The Giving Pledge campaign, promising to give at least half of her fortune to charity.

April 2015

Sandberg announces her support of Hillary Clinton's US presidential campaign.

May 2015

Forbes ranks Sandberg 8th on its World's 100 Most Powerful Women list.

May 2015

Sheryl's husband Dave Goldberg dies of heart-related causes while they are vacationing in Mexico.

July 2015

Sheryl joins the Board of Directors of her late husband's company, SurveyMonkey.

September 2015

September 2015

US Pentagon consults Sheryl to launch Lean In Groups for women and minorities in the armed forces.

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