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A creative NFL would lean in to Sheryl Sandberg as commissioner

October 8, 2014

Furors over domestic violence and concussion risks have made U.S. football and boss Roger Goodell vulnerable. An unconventional idea for a replacement is Facebook’s No. 2. Sandberg would bring the female presence the league needs. She, too, might have something to gain.

Sandberg does neither herself nor women any favors

June 26, 2012

Becoming the first female director at a prominent company like Facebook should be good for all. But joining a rubber-stamp board the CEO treats haughtily won’t help Sheryl Sandberg’s sterling reputation. Women should fight for representation where they can make a real difference.

Obama may find an exceptional friend in Facebook

September 19, 2012

The social network’s No. 2, Sheryl Sandberg, should be on the short list for a top economic job in a second Obama term. But she’d give up some $130 mln in unvested equity to leave. Current boss Mark Zuckerberg’s largess could bridge the gap. But it may cost Facebook shareholders.

Review: Bending over backwards to lean in

March 15, 2013

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has stirred a debate with her advice book for professional women. Interpretations vary, but essentially “Lean In” posits that they need to be more ambitious and men more accommodating. Maybe the discussion alone will help toward that goal.

Time for Sheryl Sandberg to lean out of Facebook

March 26, 2014

She was the adult supervisor as Mark Zuckerberg’s dorm room creation became a $165 bln enterprise. The founder is now doing his own thing, as his latest $2 bln gadget acquisition shows. For Sandberg, he’s a liability. She could be U.S. president, but first needs to run something.