Sandberg named Class Day speaker

first_imgSuccessful businesswoman, best-selling author, and Harvard alumna Sheryl Sandberg ’91, M.B.A. ’95, has been chosen as the 2014 Class Day speaker. Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook and founder of LeanIn.Org, will address seniors in Tercentenary Theatre on May 28, the day before Harvard’s 363rd Commencement.“Sheryl Sandberg has been an inspirational advocate, thinking critically about social issues and striving to make a positive difference in our world. As we go forth from Harvard, we’re hopeful to hear from her on how we can realize what’s important to us not only professionally but also personally, and what we can do to see a more equitable society,” said First Marshal Jen Zhu ’14.Soon after receiving her M.B.A., Sandberg became a senior official in the U.S. Treasury Department. She joined Google in 2001, becoming vice president of global online sales and operations. In 2008, Sandberg became the chief operating officer at Facebook.“Her career has spanned government, business, and tech. She took huge risks professionally, joining both Google and Facebook in their early days, when each company’s business model was not yet certain. She is an inspiring leader, activist, and businesswoman. We are overjoyed that she will be addressing us at Class Day,” said Marshal Virginia Fahs ’14.Sandberg is also the author of “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead,” published in 2013. The best-selling book, which discusses barriers women face in reaching their professional goals, inspired LeanIn.org, an organization “committed to offering women the ongoing inspiration and support to help them achieve their goals.”“Sheryl Sandberg’s work and advocacy have sparked valuable discussions within our class and around campus, especially as we look forward to entering the professional world. Her ideas and example challenge us to think and act critically as soon-to-be graduates,” said Marshal Roland Yang ’14.Class Day ceremonies, which will begin at 2 p.m., will also feature Harvard orators Adam J. Conner ’14 and Christie L. Disilvestro ’14, Ivy orators Zack W. Guzman ’14 and Jenna D. Martin ’14, the Harvard University Band, and remarks from interim Harvard College Dean Donald Pfister.“The Senior Class Committee is ecstatic to bring Sheryl Sandberg to Class Day,” said Irene Chen ’14, a senior class committee member. “Because she was Harvard College Class of 1991, she can relate to the Harvard undergraduate experience, and we look forward to hearing her thoughts on Class Day.”last_img read more

Rodgers hopes Sterling will stay

first_img The 20-year-old, who the club are trying to tie down to a new long-term contract, is reportedly of interest to Bayern Munich. After striker Luis Suarez was sold to Barcelona in the summer, the club can ill-afford to lose their next potential world-class star if poor results prevent them returning to the Champions League on a regular basis. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is confident Raheem Sterling will not follow the talent drain out of Anfield despite a season which has failed to take off so far. “Hopefully it is not going to be the case. We are trying to build something here,” said Rodgers. “We were on a path for a couple of years and we have had to come off that path since the summer having lost some players and have had to regroup. “He is a real talisman for this team. He has been a great example of the progress that a lot of the players have made here. “He has gone from a youth team player to one of the top young players in European football. “The club, I am sure, will work very hard (on his contract) and Raheem is happy here, he loves being a Liverpool player. “I am sure between them and the representatives we can get a deal done which will see him go on to continue to develop what is an exciting career. “I will never be surprised teams will be linked with Raheem as he is such a big talent at 20, a wonderful young player, but I am quite relaxed about it.” Sterling found himself in the spotlight for the wrong reasons at the weekend after missing Liverpool’s best chances in the 3-0 defeat at Manchester United. Rodgers insists the youngster is not being affected by the debate over his future. “I think Raheem has been brilliant, absolutely outstanding, added Rodgers, ahead of a crucial Capital One Cup quarter-final at SkyBet Championship leaders Bournemouth. “The kid’s played in a front role for me at the weekend – a role he has played before as a youngster – but I don’t think it is affecting him one bit. “Okay he maybe could have got a goal or so but he puts defenders on the back foot, he is intelligent in his game, has running ability, and is getting himself into some wonderful positions. “The kid has been a real catalyst for us in terms of our attacking threat so I don’t think there is anything which has affected him. “He leaves his representatives to work with the club to hopefully organise the deal for him and he has no real influence in that. “All I ask him to do is concentrate on playing football and the performances will come and he has shown consistently he has been a real threat.” Press Associationlast_img read more