Facebook COO to help inspire women to achieve top posts

Rider will encourage women to take charge of their futures on Feb. 19 when the Rider Women’s Leadership Council hosts an event that will be streamed across the country.
According to Rider, “Take the Lead Challenge” looks to help “prepare, develop, inspire and propel woman to take their fair share of leadership positions by 2024.”

Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, will be headlining the event, along with guests like Karen Finney, host of MSNBC’s Disrupt; Erica Gonzalez, editor-in-chief of El Diarios/La Prensa; Pat Mitchell, president of the Paley Center for Media; Michael Crow, president of Arizona State University; and Carla Harris, managing director at Morgan Stanley.

Gloria Feldt, co-founder and president of Take the Lead, noticed that not enough women were prominent in top positions.

“Women represent half the population, earn nearly 60% of college degrees, occupy 47% of the workforce, yet hold only 18% of top leadership positions across all sectors, 16.9% of corporate board seats and 8.1% of the top earner slots,” she said.

Arizona State University will be streaming the seminar live across the country, but Rider will be the only university partner in New Jersey to stream the presentation.

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