Bhumika Desai Shah

Sheryl Sandberg: Why we have too few women leaders!

In commuter's rage.., social Issue, TED on February 14, 2014 at 6:42 am

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Before watching this awesome talk, I had only heard her name- Sheryl Sandberg!

The video introduced me with a wonderful human, who is discussing few very interesting points for bringing change, revolution!

She is first COO of our very own, popular social networking site- FACEBOOK!  She looks at why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions — and offers 3 powerful pieces of advice to women aiming for the C-suite.

She says…

Let’s start out by admitting we’re lucky. We don’t live in the world our mothers lived in, our grandmothers lived in, where career choices for women were so limited.

But all that aside, we still have a problem, and it’s a real problem. And the problem is this: Women are not making it to the top of any profession anywhere in the world. The numbers tell the story quite clearly. 190 heads of state — nine are women. Of all the people in parliament in the world, 13 percent are women. In the corporate sector, women at the top,C-level jobs, board seats — tops out at 15, 16 percent. The numbers have not moved since 2002 and are going in the wrong direction. And even in the non-profit world, a world we sometimes think of as being led by more women, women at the top: 20 percent.

We also have another problem, which is that women face harder choices between professional success and personal fulfillment. A recent study in the U.S. showed that, of married senior managers, two-thirds of the married men had children and only one-third of the married women had children. 

A couple of years ago, I was in New York, and I was pitching a deal, and I was in one of those fancy New York private equity offices you can picture. And I’m in the meeting — it’s about a three-hour meeting — and two hours in, there kind of needs to be that bio break, and everyone stands up, and the partner running the meeting starts looking really embarrassed. And I realized he doesn’t know where the women’s room is in his office. So I start looking around for moving boxes, figuring they just moved in, but I don’t see any. And so I said, “Did you just move into this office?” And he said, “No, we’ve been here about a year.” And I said, “Are you telling me that I am the only woman to have pitched a deal in this office in a year?” And he looked at me, and he said,”Yeah. Or maybe you’re the only one who had to go to the bathroom.”

So the question is, how are we going to fix this? How do we change these numbers at the top? How do we make this different? 

of-course I am not going to give you the answer, you will have to see the pretty interesting video! but let me share key points! 

solutions as she suggested included three key point:

1) Sit at the table. 

2) Make your partner a real partner and

3)  Don’t leave before you leave.

Enjoy the video and get them in detail!

don’t miss it, and do share your feedback here too!

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