Chief operating officer, Facebook
Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, advocated for universal family and bereavement leave in a recent appearance at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee. In a conversation with Wisconsin author Jane Hamilton, Sandberg discussed her new book, “Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy,” co-authored with Adam Grant, which details her journey through grief after the sudden death of her husband, Dave Goldberg, in 2015.
- “I think people were so afraid of saying the wrong thing to me, they didn’t say anything at all. You can’t remind me Dave died. Trust me, I’m on it.”
- “When we don’t acknowledge, we pile isolation and silence on top of grief and loss.”
- “We need to help people rebuild their self-confidence. Sometimes in a crisis, work is better than home. Because at home, I was waiting for him to walk in that door and at work that didn’t happen.”
- “This is brutal. And the days will come when you don’t want to get out of bed. Finding people who have had similar experiences is almost always helpful.”
- “Lean into the suck.”
- “You do not have to be someone’s best friend from the first grade to show up.”