Today, Istanbul Bilgi University welcomed Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of the social media giant Facebook, and author of the best-selling book, “Lean In,” to its Santralistanbul campus. Sandberg spoke to 150 students and faculty and answered questions following her presentation. This was her first visit to BILGI.
In her illustrious career, Sandberg served as chief of staff to United States Secretary of the Treasury Larry Summers under President Clinton. She continued her career at Google as vice president of global sales and operations, before assuming her current position at Facebook. Sandberg published a book based on her experiences as a female executive, titled “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead.” The book encourages professional women to achieve their career goals and inspired the “Lean In” movement.
Prof. Remzi Sanver, rector of Istanbul Bilgi University, expressed that it had been a pleasure to host Sheryl Sandberg, one of the world's most prestigious and powerful businesswomen, at BILGI. “We feel honored by all the world leaders, business people, academics and artists we have hosted at our university. A solid and a deep-rooted tradition has been generated in BILGI's academic life through the exchange of experiences of pioneering academics, politicians, opinion leaders and managers. I consider it a privilege to be able to listen to her contributions to the sector and benefit from Sandberg's experiences. We are also grateful to Ms. Sandberg for reminding us that the struggle for women's rights and their position in professional business life will never end,” he added.
The university has previously hosted globally renowned leaders, scientists, artists and academics including President Bill Clinton, former Prime Minister of Great Britain, Tony Blair and Nobel Laureate, John Nash. Istanbul Bilgi University, the only member of the Laureate International Universities network in Turkey, offers its students a truly international experience in today's interconnected world.
This article has been translated into English to be shared on the Laureate International Universities website.