|Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg Chatting with Bloggers after her
Interview at BlogHer13 in Chicago
Sandberg’s Lean In foundation encourages success and professional development for women, offering free educational resources and a framework for local support networks. She and Lean In staff even hosted a special Lean In circle after her interview on stage with BlogHer co-founder Lisa Stone. When BlogHer host Lisa Stone asked, “Are we ever going to see you seek national office?” Sandberg firmly answered, “no.” Her appearance at BlogHer13 came during a week of stellar earnings reports for Facebook, so in every way this COO was the picture of success.
|Lean In Author Sheryl Sandberg Listening after her
On-Stage Interview at BlogHer13 in Chicago
As she probably anticipated, the best-selling author and speaker is an easy target for critical essays, especially by women who blog. Ironically, Lean In points out a Harvard study that shows successful women are less likeable in our society than successful men. I won’t go on about the connections and the disconnect, the feminist book and the postfeminist perspectives. Others have written those essays. What I found impressive was that when other women were inspired to share their opinions, Sandberg listened. No matter what you think about her book, you have to respect that as the mark of a good leader.
|Majora Carter, Lisa Donovan, BlogHer Co-Founder Jory De Jardins,
Brit Morin, Randi Zuckerberg — in Chicago
“You know that there are people who are aching for exactly what it is that you are selling,” explained Carter passionately about her drive to succeed. Carter gave one of the first TedTalks, founded Sustainable South Bronx, and hosts her own radio program called The Promised Land.
|Dot Complicated Founder Randi Zuckerberg
with Her New Children’s Book
Brit + Co is Morin’s super-savvy convergence of DIY craftiness and slick technology.
Zuckerberg (yes, her brother founded Facebook) shared some of her experiences as a reality tv producer and explained how motherhood helped inspire her new community Dot Complicated. The tech-life balance is also addressed in her new children’s book which she showed us, sweetly called Dot.
The most refreshingly candid speaker I was able to see in person at BlogHer13 was a surprisingly social tech guy named Guy Kawasaki. He spilled personal insights and inspirations about work and family. He convinced us all to try publishing our own books. “When you believe you’re ready to write a book, just write it!” Kawasaki even handed out free copies of his latest e-book, APE, about self-publishing.
|Guy Kawasaki and BlogHer Co-Founder Elisa Camahort|