Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg will keynote a New England Venture Capital Association (NEVCA) breakfast titled, “Lean In,” on Friday, April 5, at the Harvard Club of Boston. She will also participate in a Q&A with the audience of 500 venture capitalists and entrepreneurs after her talk.
“Our mission is to promote entrepreneurship throughout the New England region through sharing and celebrating ideas that matter,” said C.A. Webb, executive director of the NEVCA. “Sheryl Sandberg has been a transformational leader at two of the greatest tech companies of our time, Google and Facebook. Her leadership philosophy has fueled TED Talks, countless media profiles, broad discussion about women’s roles in the workplace, and appearances on prominent lists of influential people. Her message of taking charge of our careers, creating options, and inventing solutions—for ourselves, companies, and society—resonates with Boston’s startup community.”
Sandberg will draw on the themes from her book “Lean In,” which debuts Monday, March 11, including her own personal and professional experiences in creating more options for men and women. She will address conflicts she has encountered and mistakes she has made along the way. Her talk will also focus on the themes of entrepreneurship, innovation and how aspiring thinkers and innovators can turn themselves into leaders. Sandberg is ranked on Fortune’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and has also been named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People.
Sandberg says, “I wrote Lean In so women can make more informed choices and increase their chances of making it to the top of any field or pursue any goal with gusto. And I wrote it for men who want to understand the challenges women face so they can do their part to build an equal world.”
- Date and time: April 5, 2013. Doors open at 8:00 a.m., program starts at 8:30 a.m.
- Location: Harvard Club, 374 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Mass.
- Tickets: Tickets are available in limited quantity at www.sandbergbreakfast.eventbrite.com.
Sandberg’s talk will be immediately followed by a Q&A session. Questions can be submitted in advance using the Twitter hashtag #NEVCASandberg. Follow @NewEnglandVC for updates.
Event sponsors include Silicon Valley Bank, Cooley, KPMG, Hubspot, Brightcove, BzzAgent, Communispace, Digitas, InkHouse Media + Marketing, Nanigans and Pearl Meyer.
Event partners include MITX and TechStars.
About the New England Venture Capital Association
The New England Venture Capital Association (http://www.newenglandvc.org) represents more than 700 venture capital professionals from 90 top firms, collectively managing more than $50 billion in investor capital. The NEVCA’s mission is to help ideas that matter become local businesses that benefit entrepreneurs, investors, and the world. To do so it advances the collective interests of member firms in keeping the region competitive, championing emerging and proven venture-backed companies, maintaining strong connections to local universities and talent, and supporting the region’s thriving startup community.