When Facebook goes public in the next few weeks, Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, 42, will likely become the newest member of the billionaire’s club.
Her brilliance and creativity had something to do with it, but how she managed her marriage and children also contributed to Sandberg’s meteoric success:
- Don’t downshift: Instead of slowing down before the birth of her two kids, now five and seven, Sandberg kept motoring forward at Google, where she was a top VP. “Your job had better be really good to go back [after having a baby],” Sandberg said at a 2010 TEDWomen talk. Keep seeking out promotions and new opportunities, otherwise “you’re going to be bored, because you should have kept your foot on the gas pedal.”
- Find a 50/50 partner: Sandberg has spoken of the pact she made with her husband, SurveyMonkey CEO David Goldberg: If one of them is traveling, the other gets home for dinner with the kids, and the family spends weekends together. “The most important career choice you’ll make is who you marry,” she says.