Sheryl Sandberg

Facebook's Chief Operating Officer doesn't shy away from ongoing industry chatter about the role of women in technology and business. She fuels it.

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Facebook's Chief Operating Officer doesn't shy away from ongoing industry chatter about the role of women in technology and business. She fuels it.

Now famous for her success at Facebook and her ultimate ascent to the Facebook board (previously a dudes-only affair) in June, Sandberg's past successes are many, including stints as an economist with the World Bank, chief of staff for the U.S. Treasury Department in the Clinton administration, and as a top ad sales executive for Google.

Sandberg is not only one of the world's wealthiest women, her 2010 TED talk urging women to "take a seat at the table" and her subsequent book on the topic have inspired conversation for hundreds of thousands of aspiring technologists and business leaders.

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