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Sheryl Sandberg Quit META Amid Investigation For Using Company Assets To Plan Her Wedding


Sandberg shared the following in a Facebook post on June 1:

Today I am sharing the news that I am leaving Meta after 14 years.

“When I first met Mark, I wasn’t really looking for a new job – and I could never have predicted how meeting him would change my life. We were at a holiday party at Daniel L Rosensweig’s house. I was introduced to Mark as I walked through the door, and we started talking about his vision for Facebook. I’d tried Facebook, as it was first called, but still thought the Internet was a largely anonymous place to search for funny photos. Mark’s belief that people would put their true selves online to connect with other people was so fascinating that we stood by that door and talked for the rest of the night. I later told Dan that I got a new life at that party, but never got a drink, so he owed me one.

“Many months later, after countless – and I mean countless – dinners and conversations with Mark, he offered me this job. In the beginning it was chaotic. I’d make an appointment with an engineer at 9:00, only to find they wouldn’t show up. They assumed I meant nine o’clock, because who would be coming to work at nine o’clock? We had some ads, but they didn’t perform well, and most of the advertisers I met wanted to take over our homepage like the movie The Incredible Hulk had on MySpace. One was so angry when I said no to her homepage idea that she slammed her fist on the table, walked out of the room and never came back. That first summer, Mark realized he’d never had a chance to travel, so he went away for a month, leaving me and Matt Cohler at the helm without a ton of leadership and almost no way of contacting him. It seemed crazy, but it was a vote of confidence that I’ve never forgotten.

“When I was considering joining Facebook, my late husband, Dave, advised me not to step in and immediately try to resolve any substantive issue with Mark as we would have so many over time. come across. Instead, I should set up the right process with him. So when I walked in, I asked Mark for three things: that we would sit next to each other, that he would meet with me one-on-one every week, and that he would give me honest feedback during those meetings if he thought I was doing something. messed up. Mark said yes to all three, but added that the feedback should be mutual. To this day, he keeps those promises. We’re still sitting together (OK, not because of COVID), meeting one-on-one every week and the feedback is immediate and real.

“Sitting by Mark’s side for 14 years has been the honor and privilege of a lifetime. Mark is a true visionary and caring leader. He sometimes says we grew up together, and we have. He was only 23 and I was 38 when we met, but together we went through the huge ups and downs of running this business, his marriage to the magnificent Priscilla, the sorrow of their miscarriages and the joy of their births. , the sudden loss of Dave, my engagement to Tom and much more. In the critical moments of my life, in the highest highs and in the depths of real lows, I never had to turn to Mark because he was already there.

“When I joined Facebook, I had a two-year-old son and a six-month-old daughter. I wasn’t sure if this was the right time for a new and demanding role. The messages were everywhere that women – and I – couldn’t be both a leader and a good mother, but I wanted to try. Once I started, I realized that in order to see my kids before going to sleep, I had to leave the office at 5:30pm, when work was just getting started for many of my new colleagues. In my previous role at Google, there were plenty of people and buildings leaving early that went unnoticed, but Facebook was a small startup and there was nowhere to hide. More out of necessity than courage, I found my guts and ran away early anyway. Then, supported by Mark, I found my voice to admit this publicly and then talk about the challenges women face in the workplace. My hope was to make this a little bit easier for others and help more women believe they can and should lead.

“I am immensely grateful to the thousands of brilliant, dedicated people at Meta who I have had the privilege of working with over the past 14 years. Every day someone does something that brings me to a halt and reminds me how lucky I am to be surrounded by such remarkable colleagues. This team is made up of exceptionally talented people who have poured their hearts and minds into building products that have had a profound impact on the world.

“It is thanks to this team – past and present – ​​that more than three billion people use our products to keep in touch and share their experiences. More than 200 million companies use them to create virtual storefronts, communicate with customers and grow. Billions of dollars have been raised for causes people believe in.

“Behind each of these statistics is a story. Friends who would have lost touch, but didn’t. Families who stayed in touch despite being separated by oceans. Communities that have united. Entrepreneurial people – especially women and others who have faced obstacles and discrimination – have turned their ideas into successful businesses.

“Last week a friend saw a post about a mutual friend of ours having a baby and told me she remembers how she would have missed this moment before Instagram. When the women in Lean In’s global Circles community couldn’t meet in person, they used Facebook to encourage each other and share advice for navigating work and life during the pandemic. During a luncheon on International Women’s Day, a woman told me that her Facebook birthday fundraiser raised enough money to house two women experiencing domestic violence. Last month I heard how in India the Self Employed Women’s Association is connecting via WhatsApp to organize and increase their collective bargaining power. I loved traveling the world (physically and virtually) meeting small business owners and hearing their stories – like Zuzanna Sielicka Kalczyńska in Poland, who started a business with her sister selling cuddly soft toys that make white noise to calm crying babies. They started in 2014 with a single Facebook post and have since sold in over 20 countries and have built a workforce mostly made up of moms like her.

‘The debate around social media has changed beyond recognition since those early days. To say it hasn’t always been easy is an understatement. But it must be difficult. The products we make have a huge impact, so we have a responsibility to build them in a way that protects privacy and keeps people safe. Just as I wholeheartedly believe in our mission, our industry, and the overwhelmingly positive power to connect people, I and the dedicated people at Meta have deeply felt our responsibilities. I know that Meta’s extraordinary team will continue to work tirelessly to meet these challenges and continue to make our business and community better. I also know that our platforms will continue to be a growth engine for the companies around the world that rely on us.

“When I took this job in 2008, I hoped that I would be in this role for five years. Fourteen years later it is time for me to write the next chapter of my life. I’m not quite sure what the future will bring – I’ve learned that no one ever is. But I know I will focus more on my foundation and philanthropic work, which is more important to me than ever, given how crucial this moment is for women. And since Tom and I are getting married this summer, we have to raise our extended family of five children. In the coming months, Mark and I will be handing over my direct reports and I will be leaving the company this fall. I still believe in our mission as strongly as ever, and I am honored to continue serving on Meta’s board of directors.

“I am so proud of everything this team has achieved. The companies we’ve helped and the business we’ve built. The culture we nurtured together. And I am especially proud that this is a company where many, many exceptional women and people from different backgrounds have risen through our ranks and become leaders – both in our company and in leadership roles elsewhere.

“Thank you to the colleagues who inspire me every day with their dedication to our mission, to our partners around the world who have enabled us to build a company that serves their business, and especially to Mark for giving me this opportunity and to be one of the best friends anyone could ever have.’

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