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HBS Gets Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg As Class Day Speaker

It’s getting that time of the year again when the top business schools plan their graduation ceremonies. And Harvard Business School has just announced a coup of sorts by landing Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg as its Class Day speaker on May 23. Sandberg, chief operating officer for Facebook and a Harvard MBA graduate in the Class of 1995, is one of a handful of the most-in-demand executives today.

Since arriving from Google in 2008 as co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s most important direct report, she has helped increase what was a base of 70 million users to more than 750 million active “friends” today, representing about 11 percent of the world’s population. An outspoken advocate for women leaders, Sandberg—a mother of two—has recently made headlines by voicing her opinions on work-life balance and the difficulties women face trying to juggle motherhood with a high-powered job.

“There’s no such thing as work-life balance. There’s work, and there’s life, and there’s no balance,” she said in an interview for the Makers series from PBS and AOL. “I feel guilty when my son says, ‘Mommy, put down the BlackBerry, talk to me,’ and that happens far too much. I think all women feel guilty. I think what’s interesting is I don’t know many men who feel guilty.”

Ranked fifth on the Forbes list of “the world’s 100 most powerful women” in 2011, Sandberg—who oversees Facebook’s business operations, including sales, marketing, business development, human resources, public policy, and communications—has been vocal about leaving the workplace by 5:30 each evening so she can have dinner with her children, and sometimes working until late at night or very early in the morning to prove that she is still giving it “her all.”

“I walk out of this office every day at 5:30 so I’m home for dinner with my kids at 6:00, and interestingly, I’ve been doing that since I had kids,” Sandberg said in her Makers video. ”I did that when I was at Google, I did that here, and I would say it’s not until the last year, two years that I’m brave enough to talk about it publicly. Now I certainly wouldn’t lie, but I wasn’t running around giving speeches on it.”

In late 2007, Zuckerberg met Sandberg at a Christmas party, and by February 2008, felt she would be a “perfect fit” for his company. According to a profile in The New Yorker, Sandberg began work at Facebook that March, asking questions and listening. Before her Facebook stint, Sandberg worked for Google as vice president of global online sales and operations, a role in which she was instrumental in launching Google.org, the company’s philanthropic arm. Before joining Google, she served as chief of staff for the U.S. Treasury Department under President Clinton, helping lead its work on forgiving debt in the developing world.

Born in 1969 in Washington, D.C., Sandberg attended public schools and excelled. She graduated from Harvard in 1991, earning the Williams Prize as the top student in economics. Her mentor was future Harvard President Lawrence Summers. After graduation she was recruited as his research assistant at the World Bank, where she worked on health projects in India, dealing with leprosy, AIDS, and blindness. In 1995, she earned her M.B.A. from HBS with highest distinction.

About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.