Who better to speak to a class of budding business moguls than Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer and newly minted billionaire? After graduating from Harvard Business School in 1995, Sandberg’s returning to her roots and will be delivering the HBS Class Day keynote address on Wednesday afternoon, May 23rd, at 2:30 p.m.
This year, Andy Samberg’s also coming to town for the College’s Class Day and will be speaking alongside U.S. Representative Barney Frank. Samberg’s tousled hair and wildly witty SNL antics are expected to make the class swoon — or at least they make me swoon.
Yet, Samberg and Sandberg? We’re getting tongue tied already.
Since joining the company in March 2008, Sandberg’s helped turned Facebook into “the world’s largest social media network,” as noted in Harvard’s emailed news release. “As one of the few women in a top position in the technology industry, she has also been vocal about empowering women as business leaders.”
Facebook’s base of 70 million users has grown to more than 750 million active “friends,” representing about 11 percent of the world’s population, since Sandberg’s jumped on board, according to Forbes.
She ranked fifth on the Forbes list of “the world’s 100 most powerful women” in 2011, and currently oversees Facebook’s business operations, including sales, marketing, business development, human resources, public policy and communications.
Sandberg will be speaking on the Baker Lawn at Harvard Business School on Wednesday, starting at 2:30 p.m. Samberg will also be speaking between 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the University’s Tercentenary Theater. How will the students choose? SNL funny man or Facebook billionaire? Maybe Sandberg will be doling out cash? Facebook was born at Harvard, after all. We wouldn’t mind a little extra dough.
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