Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg to talk to Taipei students

‘LEAN IN’::The executive, who was also a US Treasury official, will promote her book’s concepts of female empowerment to female high-school students

Staff writer, with CNA

Mon, Sep 16, 2013 - Page 13

Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg will speak to about 200 students in Taipei during a video conference on Wednesday to encourage them to achieve their full potential, the organizer said yesterday.

Sandberg will promote the concept of female empowerment, as set out in her best-selling book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, to students at First Girls’ High School, according to CommonWealth Magazine (天下雜誌), which published the Chinese version of the book early this month.

The 44 year-old is scheduled to give a speech and then take questions from the students and the media, CommonWealth Magazine reported. The event will be broadcast live on YouTube and aired on Taiwan Public Television Service, it added.

A former chief of staff to the US secretary of the treasury, Sandberg worked for Google Inc as vice president of global online sales and operations before joining Facebook in 2008.

She was named on last year’s Fortune list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business.

In 2010, Sandberg gave a TED talk, which became a hit, discussing why there are so few women leaders in the business world.

She encouraged women to “sit at the table,” negotiate for themselves, reach for the promotions and take risks.

Her book further delves into the lives and choices of working women and gives them advice on how to build fulfilling careers.