Sheryl Sandberg

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COO of Facebook and Founder of LeanIn.Org

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Men have an important role to play in reaching gender equality, and everyone benefits when they lean in. Today @leaninorg and the @nba are launching our third season of #LeanInTogether! 🏀
A few weeks after my husband Dave died, I was talking to my friend Phil Deutch about a father-son activity that Dave was not here to do. We came up with a plan for someone to fill in so my son would not have to miss out. I cried, “But I want Dave.” Phil put his arm around me and said, “Option A is not available. So let’s just kick the shit out of Option B.” That became my mantra, and for the past two years I’ve tried hard to find meaning and happiness in the wake of our despair. My friend Adam Grant, a psychologist, told me that we are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. Like a muscle, we can build it. Adam and I set out to explore how to build resilience—in ourselves, in our children, in our relationships, and in our workplaces and communities. 
@OptionB is our attempt to share what we’ve learned. Part of the book comes from my personal experience and my journals, and part comes from the work Adam and other psychologists have done on resilience. We also include stories of people we’ve met who have braved many different kinds of adversity—from job loss to illness to abuse to everyday setbacks and disappointments. These stories reveal the capacity of the human spirit not only to persevere . . . but to rediscover joy.

Because no one’s life is perfect, we all live some form of Option B. It’s my deepest hope that Option B will help others learn what I learned: that when life pulls you under, you can kick against the bottom, break the surface, and breathe again.
Today is @leaninorg's anniversary. Four years in, this work means more to me than ever. An enormous thank you to the Lean In team and to the women who #leanintogether each and every day all around the world.
Great to visit with these amazing computer science PHD candidates today. Only 18% of CS PHDs are women. This needs to change and these women are leading the way. #LeanIn
Tonight I had the privilege of opening the @bgcp annual Youth of the Year celebration, where we celebrate the accomplishments of remarkable young people in our community. What I saw tonight was how inspiring these young people are and how big their dreams are for the future. Like all children, they deserve every opportunity to pursue their aspirations.
Loved welcoming Diana Nyad to Facebook today. At 64 years old, Diana became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a cage for protection. She is an example of determination and resilience to us all.
Today Facebook opened the Digitales Lernzentrum Berlin – a space where refugees, seniors, and young people can come to learn digital skills. In order for technology to have the greatest positive impact, we need to ensure everyone has the skills to participate. I can't wait to see what the students I met today will accomplish. #dlzberlin
Last year, my New Year’s resolution was to write down three moments of joy each day. And while my resolutions usually don’t make it to February, I surprised myself by sticking to this one all year.

Sometimes the joyful moments were small (a smile from my kids, a dinner with friends), and sometimes they were big (or huge: like beating my brother-in-law Rob Goldberg for the first time in Scrabble). Over time, I noticed that most of these moments involved others offering kindness and support. 
Much of this kindness and support came from a group of women I have leaned on since seventh grade – my own Lean In Circle, or as we still call each other, “The Girls.” The Girls have advised me on everything from what to wear to prom to what job to take. After I lost Dave, they checked in daily and took turns coming to California. By showing up over and over, they proved to me that I was not alone. Their support did not just help me feel better – it helped me feel stronger. 
The Girls’ support had also inspired me years earlier when writing Lean In. One of the largest barriers to success in the workplace is that women have less access to mentorship and sponsorship. But peer support can have a big impact – so we launched Lean In Circles, small peer groups that meet regularly (and were partly inspired by the Girls). I realize now that part of why Lean In Circles help women reach for their individual goals is because they build collective resilience. There really is strength in numbers.

My hope for the New Year is that everyone finds a group or community that supports their ambitions and understands their struggles. We all need this kind of connection to help us build resilience and find joy.

We really are stronger when we lean in together.
Today is #SmallBizSaturday. I just visited one of my favorites, @keplersbooks, which has been a San Francisco Bay Area Park institution for over 60 years. As we enter the year’s busiest shopping season, let’s celebrate the local businesses in our communities by shopping local.
Honored to welcome Buzz Aldrin to Facebook HQ today. In 1969, the world tuned in to watch Buzz and his Apollo 11 crewmate Neil Armstrong become the first humans to land on the moon. That’s not so long ago – especially given it was the year I was born 😏!
Such an honor to meet the great Dr. Jane Goodall today. Watch our #LeanInLive interview on Facebook to hear about her revolutionary research on chimpanzees and the importance of taking care of animals, each other, and the Earth. 🐒
So excited to be at Instagram's new HQ to celebrate six years of discovery, inspiration and fun! @kevin and @mikeyk launched Instagram in October 2010 with a vision of helping people capture and share the world's moments. The world has changed since 2010 and so has Instagram. From video and new editing tools to Boomerang and Stories, Instagram continues to spark our imagination and show the power of visual storytelling.