Her book may have spurred criticism in some quarters, but the message Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg delivered in Boston Thursday was embraced by an enthusiastic audience of professional women during a luncheon at the Seaport Hotel.
The company’s chief operating officer urged the hundreds of women in attendance to believe in themselves, be ambitious, and take the lead. That is, in her own words, to “lean in.” The event was one in a series Sandberg is scheduled to hold in the area as part of a national campaign to promote her newly released best-selling book, “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead.”
“The best way to reform an institution is to run it,’’ she said. “No one listens to the person on the side of the room.”
Her message was heard by like-minded people — the talk was organized by The Commonwealth Institute, a Boston nonprofit aimed at helping grow businesses led by women. The room was filled with business and political leaders, including state Senator Karen Spilka and former lieutenant governor Evelyn Murphy.
Sandberg’s book, published March 11, is atop the New York Times best seller list and has sold about 275,000 copies. Her 2010 talk at a TED conference, which prompted the book, has more than 2 million online views. In her talk and book, Sandberg makes the case for her “lean-in” campaign, urging women to fight societal pressures to stand back, be nice, and count themselves out of key positions or opportunities.
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