Sheryl Sandberg

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COO of Facebook and Founder of LeanIn.Org

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Happy #BookLoversDay! 📚My all-time favorite book is A Wrinkle in Time. Meg Murry was one of the first female heroes in child science fiction. She was a believer and triumphed due to perseverance and determination. She was able to build relationships with one unlikely character after another – and brought all of them together with love.
A year ago today, we introduced @instagram Stories. 250 million people now use it to share those behind-the-scenes moments that make us feel like we're right there with them. Happy birthday, Instagram Stories!
During the first week of middle school, my then-best friend told me I wasn’t cool enough to hang out with her anymore. It hurt a lot but it turned out to be one of the best things that ever happened to me. Soon after, three girls brought me into their circle and we added three more in high school –Mindy, Eve, Jami, Elise, Pam, and Beth. We still call each other “the Girls” — and they were the first ones I thought of when I realized today was National Girlfriends Day. The Girls have carried me on the worst days of my life and celebrated with me on the best. I can’t imagine life without them. Celebrating all of the great women out there and all the ways we support each other. Friends are the family you chose. Happy #NationalGirlfriendsDay 👭
Best way to kick off the weekend? Going Live on Facebook with 2 of our inspiring interns. @nicolerasquinha is a software engineer on @messenger and @joyofodu is on @instagram's teen community team. We talked about the great projects they’re working on, plans for the future, and getting more women into tech 💪. Check out my Facebook page for more!
Holding some very important meetings over here with @instagram COO @marnelevine!
So much to be grateful for today. Friendship, sunshine, and this amazing country rooted in the belief that all of us have the right to vote, speak, worship freely, and pursue our dreams.
When I was in seventh grade here in Miami, I met the women who would become my lifelong friends and supporters. To this day, we still call each other “the Girls.” The Girls were the first people who showed me the power of peer support – and they have been by my side now for decades. We eventually became a Lean In Circle – one that started here in Miami. So tonight was a special experience to be back and to meet with other Miami Lean In Circles. 
One of the Circles I met has my favorite name yet – Latina Surge. They chose the name because they aren't waiting for anyone’s permission to lean in –they're surging ahead and pursuing their ambitions with gusto. 
It was great to come full circle (pun intended) and be back in the city where I met the women who have supported me through thick and thin. I’m grateful that once again, a group of dynamic women in Miami have showed me that we really are stronger when we lean in together.
The first Harry Potter book came out 20 years ago today. Dave loved the books. He read them out loud to our children and even attempted different voices for some of the characters. When I think of #HarryPotter, I can still see Dave sitting in the rocking chair with one of our kids cuddled on his lap.

I’m also inspired by J.K. Rowling’s strength and resilience. She got through unemployment, living on welfare, and losing her mom to multiple sclerosis just six months after she started writing Harry Potter. Death became a theme of her writing, like the passing of Harry's parents and Voldemort's obsession with immortality. Yet she - like her characters - always found light in the darkness. 
One of my favorite Dumbledore quotes is, “To have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever." J.K. Rowlings’ words helped me be resilient long before I ever knew I’d need to be and continue to give my family peace.

On this 20th anniversary of Harry Potter, I'm thankful to J.K. Rowling for filling the world with so much magic, hope, and love – and for making me look at jelly beans in a whole new way. ✨ #HarryPotter20
Last night, I met some of the most amazing people I’ve ever met in my life. I had the honor of visiting Drive Forward, a London based non-profit founded by Martha Wansbrough that works with care leavers (young people leaving the foster care system). In the U.K alone there are 70,000 children in foster care and each year in London, 2000 young adults leave care (turn 18) and therefore are given no future support. These young adults have higher rates of homelessness, incarceration, and death than their peers.
The team at Drive Forward is trying to close these gaps by giving care leavers a support network and a community. They help them find their way in the world, encourage them and work with them to find internships and jobs.
I am so grateful to have had the chance to meet this incredible group of care leavers and staff at Drive Forward. They are a remarkable example of strength and prove that we don’t just build resilience in ourselves but in each other and in our communities.
Celebrating creativity with @carolyneverson in our Instagram booth at #CannesLions 🎨
“Nothing is impossible.” That’s the sign hanging in the office of the PACER Center's co-founder and executive director and my incredible mother-in-law, Paula Goldberg.

Paula is not only a great mother-in-law and grandma – she is an extraordinary leader. I’ve been in awe of her work for a long time. For years, Paula was a teacher in Minnesota. She saw how isolating it could be to be a parent of a child with a disability. So in 1977, she brought together a small group of parents to support one another. That meeting grew into a program, which grew into a non-profit. Today, the PACER Center is a national leader in advocating for disabled youth and preventing bullying.
Women are driving change – literally! – in the auto industry. They influence 85% of car purchasing decisions.

Yet as in so many industries, women are underrepresented overall and especially at senior levels. Like tech, the auto industry is based on innovation – and that means diversity will lead to better ideas and better products. I loved spending the morning with so many women from the largest auto companies in the country – and celebrating the work they do at the heart of one of America's most important industries. #LeanIn