(Forbes) How Sheryl Sandberg's Last Minute Addition To Her TED Talk Sparked A Movement
Millions of women are being encouraged to “lean in” and to pursue their goals thanks to Sheryl Sandberg’s book and non-profit organization by the same name. As the Facebook COO, Sandberg’s now famous 2010 TED talk, Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders, helped to launch the movement which has sparked Lean In groups, events, and educational and corporate partnerships. Sandberg’s book, published one year ago, continues to top bestselling lists. Remarkably, Sandberg’s TED talk might have failed to inspire a generation of women had she not made one last-minute addition to her presentation.
“I was planning to give a speech chock full of facts and figures, and nothing personal,” Sandberg recently acknowledged when asked to recall her original TED talk. Shortly before taking the stage, however, Sandberg admitted to a friend that she was having a bad day because, just before leaving for her trip, her daughter had grabbed Sandberg’s leg and said, ‘don’t go.’ Sandberg’s friend suggested that she tell the story publicly. Sandberg said her initial reaction was, “Are you kidding? I’m going to get on a stage and admit my daughter was clinging to my leg?” Sandberg quickly realized that if she wanted to encourage more women into leadership roles, she would have to be open, honest, and vulnerable. And so she began her TED talk.