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Join Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant, authors of Option B, in conversation, as they talk about building resilience and moving forward after life’s inevitable setbacks.
After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl felt certain that she and her children would never feel pure joy again. Her friend Adam, a psychologist at Wharton, told her there are steps people can take to recover and even rebound. Option B combines Sandberg’s emotional insights and Grant’s eye-opening research on finding strength in the face of adversity. The authors will share what they’ve learned on helping others in crisis, developing compassion for ourselves, raising strong children, and creating resilient families, communities and workplaces. Many of these lessons can be applied to ordinary struggles, allowing us to build resilience for whatever lies ahead. They will discuss the capacity of the human spirit to persevere … and to rediscover joy.
Tickets include a copy of Option B, presigned by authors Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant.
About the Book
In 2015 Sheryl Sandberg's husband, Dave Goldberg, died suddenly at the age of forty-eight. Sandberg, the Facebook COO and #1 New York Times bestselling author of Lean In, and her two young children were devastated, and she was certain that their lives would never have real joy or meaning again. Just weeks later, Sandberg was talking with a friend about the first father-child activity without a father. They came up with a plan for someone to fill in. “But I want Dave,” she cried. Her friend put his arm around her and said, “Option A is not available. So let’s just kick the shit out of Option B.” Everyone experiences some form of Option B. We all deal with loss: jobs lost, loves lost, lives lost. The question is not whether these things will happen but how we face them when they do. Option B weaves Sandberg’s experiences coping with adversity with new findings from Adam Grant and other social scientists. The book features stories of people who recovered from personal and professional hardship, including illness, injury, divorce, job loss, sexual assault and imprisonment. These people did more than recover — many of them became stronger. Sandberg and Grant explore how we can raise strong children, create resilient communities and workplaces, and find meaning, love and joy in our lives.
“Dave’s death changed me in very profound ways,” Sandberg writes. “I learned about the depths of sadness and the brutality of loss. But I also learned that when life sucks you under, you can kick against the bottom, break the surface and breathe again.”
This event is supported by Producers Circle member GTS (Atoosa and Ari Rubenstein). Learn more about the 92Y Producers Circle.
Sheryl Sandberg is chief operating officer at Facebook, overseeing the firm’s business operations. Prior to Facebook, Sheryl was vice president of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google, chief of staff for the United States Treasury Department under President Clinton, a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, and an economist with the World Bank.
Sheryl received a BA summa cum laude from Harvard University and an MBA with highest distinction from Harvard Business School.
Sheryl is the co-author of Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy with Wharton professor and bestselling author Adam Grant, which will be released April 24, 2017. She is also the author of the bestsellers Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead and Lean In for Graduates. She is the founder of the Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to build a more equal and resilient world through two key initiatives, LeanIn.Org and OptionB.Org (launching April 2017). Sheryl serves on the boards of Facebook, the Walt Disney Company, Women for Women International, ONE, and SurveyMonkey.
Sheryl lives in Menlo Park with her son and daughter.
Adam Grant is a psychologist and the New York Times best-selling author of Originals and Give and Take. His new book, Option B with Facebook COO and Lean In author Sheryl Sandberg, debuts April 24, 2017. As Wharton’s top-rated professor for five straight years, Adam is a leading expert on how we can find motivation and meaning, and live more generous and creative lives. He has been recognized as one of the world’s 25 most influential management thinkers and received distinguished scholarly achievement awards from the American Psychological Association and the National Science Foundation. Adam received his B.A. from Harvard University with Phi Beta Kappa honors and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He serves as a contributing op-ed writer for The New York Times on work and psychology. His keynote speaking and consulting clients include Facebook and Google, the NBA, Teach For America, and the U.S. Army and Navy. Adam is a former Junior Olympic springboard diver. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, their two daughters, and their son.
Katie Couric (@katiecouric), Yahoo Global News Anchor, is an award-winning journalist and TV personality, cancer advocate, documentary film producer and New York Times bestselling author of The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons From Extraordinary Lives.
Couric joined Yahoo in 2014 as the Global News Anchor, where she reports on live world events, conducts groundbreaking interviews with major newsmakers and cultural figures, and examines the important issues of our time. Couric created an independent production company, Katie Couric Media in the spring of 2015 and is actively involved in a number of scripted and unscripted projects including the cooking web series Full Plate with Katie and John, in partnership with Sur La Table, and the Katie Couric podcast on the Earwolf network featuring candid conversations with some of the biggest names in news, politics and pop culture.
Couric is the executive producer of the documentaries: Fed Up, which looks at the obesity epidemic; Under the Gun, which traces the history of gun violence in America; and Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric, which explores our scientific, cultural and historical understanding of gender.
In September 2006, Couric became the first woman at the helm of an evening news cast when she became solo anchor of the CBS Evening News. Couric joined CBS News after a 15-year run as co-anchor of NBC’s Today Show.
Couric is a co-founder of Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) and the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance (NCCRA), programs of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF). Over $481 million has been pledged to support SU2C’s research initiatives that tackle a myriad of cancers in collaborative and innovative ways. Couric also spearheaded the establishment of the Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health at NewYork-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medical Center.
Born in Arlington, Virginia, Couric graduated with honors from the University of Virginia in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in English and a focus on American Studies. She has two daughters, Ellie and Carrie, and lives in New York City with her husband, John Molner.