Millions of students will forget almost immediately what their graduation speakers said. Unless their commencement speaker is Facebook’s chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, who crushed it when she delivered the keynote address at Barnard College's 119th Commencement ceremony earlier this month.
Addressing the 600+ women of Barnard’s Class of 2011, Sandberg spoke of the inequalities that still exist for women in the workplace and of her own experience being one of the few female COOs in the tech world. (We're lucky to have another amazing female COO leading the charge at JESS3 in Leslie Bradshaw.)
"When I first joined Facebook, there was a well-read blog out in the Valley that devoted some incredibly serious pixels to trashing me. Anonymous sources called me a liar, two-faced, about to ruin Facebook forever," Sheryl told the audience. "Do I believe I was judged more harshly because of my double-Xs? Yes. Do I think this will happen to me again in my career? Sure."
Sandberg goes on to encourage the graduates to rise above the naysayers, be bold and give it their all. "And I hope that you—yes, you—each and every one of you have the ambition to run the world, because this world needs you to run it. Women all around the world are counting on you. I’m counting on you."
Watch Sheryl Sandberg's speech in its entirety here.