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Sheryl Sandberg

    Technology Executive and Author
    Harvard Senior Class Day| May 28, 2014

    There is no straight path from your seat today to where you are going. Don’t try to draw that line.

    Commencement Speech Excerpts:

    “I never could have predicted Facebook,because there was no Internet [then], and Mark Zuckerberg was in elementary school — already wearing his hoodie.”

    “There is no straight path from your seat today to where you are going. Don’t try to draw that line. You will not just get it wrong, you’ll miss big opportunities. And I mean big — like the Internet.”

    “We don’t always see the hard truths, and once we see them, we don’t always have the courage to speak out. When my classmates and I were in college, we thought the fight for gender equality was won. … Sure, most of the leaders in every industry were men, but we thought changing that was just a matter of time. … We didn’t need feminism, because we were already equaled. We were wrong; I was wrong. The world was not equal then, and it is not equal now.”

    “Nothing at Facebook is someone else’s problem.”

    “The first time I spoke out about what it was like to be a woman in the workforce was less than five years ago. That means that for 18 years, from where you sit to where I stand, my silence implied that everything was OK. You can do better than I did, and I mean that so sincerely.”

    “Most people who make great contributions start way later than Mark Zuckerberg, and tomorrow, by the way, you get something Mark Zuckerberg does not have — a Harvard degree.”