Are you a Sheryl or a Marissa?

Posted July 3, 2012 by Marcy Twete in Leaders We Adore

Similarities abound when it comes to tech superstar women Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer. They both worked for Google, they’re both incredibly well known in Silicon Valley, they are both pioneers – but that’s where the similarities (and seemingly, the niceties as well) stop. Many believe that Sheryl Sandberg’s recent admission of leaving the office at 5:30pm daily had within it a coded jab at Mayer. Sheryl Sandberg said, “I did that when I was at Google, I did that here, and I would say it’s not until the last year, two years that I’m brave enough to talk about it publicly. Now I certainly wouldn’t lie, but I wasn’t running around giving speeches on it.”

The comment “wasn’t running around giving speeches on it” some believe was a jab at Meyer’s recent speech where she admitted pulling “an all-nighter every week for the first five years” at Google. She even talked about strategically scheduling showers and sleep.

It seems these two female leaders disagree heavily on what’s required to be successful. I want to know where you ladies stand. In our first ever Career Girl Network Poll, tell me:

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About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."