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Business Lead to COO, Facebook
Palo Alto, Calif.
Talk about a social networking butterfly: Since graduation, Libby Leffler, BS 06, has gone on to work at two of the hottest Silicon Valley tech companies—Google and Facebook—after serving as president of Tri Delta and serving as its national spokesperson while at Cal. Leffler’s current role as business lead to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg has taken her to the World Economic Forum in Davos and empowered her to become an advocate for women in business.
“I love that today my work impacts the experience of millions of people who communicate and connect,” Leffler says.
After graduating from Berkeley-Haas and a short stint in consulting, Leffler realized she wanted to work in a fast-growing technology company and play an integral role in developing a meaningful brand. She spent months interviewing at Google before landing a job there helping to strategize sales operations.
About a year later, she interviewed for a position at Facebook. Leffler was offered a job in sales, but declined. “I was afraid of taking the risk of leaving my comfortable job at a large, established company for something new and unfamiliar,” she explains.
Then Leffler had second thoughts. After sleepless nights thinking about how compelling Facebook was and worrying she was too risk averse, Leffler called the recruiter to see if the position was still available. It was, and she got the job.
While working in sales, Leffler interviewed to be the right hand to Sandberg, who Forbes recently ranked the fifth most powerful woman in the world. Sandberg hired Leffler on the strength of a sample executive briefing. “Libby’s work was just outstanding and stood out above all of the others,” Sandberg says. “She cares deeply about our company mission.”
Leffler loves that Facebook makes a difference in people’s lives. “One Facebook user’s sick son baffled her doctors,” says Leffler. “After the woman posted pictures of his condition on Facebook, she figured out what was wrong and got help, advice, and support. That’s what makes this job really rewarding.” In her current role, Leffler has earned “a seat at the table” of influential businesswomen, including Sandberg, her mentor, who reviewed her notes before Leffler spoke in Munich at a women’s conference. Leffler’s message to other young women? Dream bigger and take risks. Like she does.
Libby Leffler, BS 06