Great news for one of my favorite HBS/Harvard alumni of all time. Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook, has officially been named to the board of directors of the company - the first woman to do so. I’ve met her a few times through work here at HBS and am close to believing she walks on water. For example:
Losse [Facebook’s 51st employee] writes of experiencing an “unrepentantly boyish company culture” during her time at Facebook. When Sandberg came aboard, Losse writes, she went to the new COO with horror stories about men in her department who were creating a hostile work environment by propositioning female workers and being inappropriately aggressive towards her.
I didn’t hear back immediately about any of the issues I had raised with her, until she stopped briefly by my desk one day a few months later and in the low, succinct office voice that she mastered, said, “I just want you to know that the situations you told me about have both been handled.”
I had heard nothing about it. “You see, I’m so good that I make things happen and no one even knows about them,” she said with a smile. Sure enough, the manager who propositioned employees had been subtly demoted and the aggressive engineer moved to another team.