Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook executive and author of the best-selling novel “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead,” visited Minneapolis last week for the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing where she spoke about the lack of aggressive and assertive action of women in the work force. Many representatives of the tech world were present, along with 1,600 college students with most of those women pursuing careers in technology.
A Star Tribune article featured the self-proclaimed feminist and career woman as she boldly explained how inequality is still present today with both men and women to blame. According to Sandberg, the advancement of women in business, especially technology, has hit a stand-still.
Sheryl Sandberg’s advice for future college women:
- Believe in yourself – it’s the first step to achieving your goals.
- Ask for help when you need it.
- Do not hold yourself back because you are intimidated.
- Ask yourself, “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?”
It’s important that young, college women find inspirational role models who can hold their own in a male-dominated industry. Sheryl Sandberg’s pioneering spirit is admirable, especially when you notice that few women with executive positions are daring to speak out about women’s issues.
Recommended viewing: Sheryl Sandberg’s Ted Talk Speech