Sheryl Sandberg, the high-profile Facebook COO and author of the ostensibly feminist career coaching tract Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead
, will appear in New Orleans
later this spring. She's in conversation with commentator Mary Matalin at Academy of the Sacred Heart's Nims Fine Arts Center on May 9.
In Lean In,
Sandberg essentially argues
that there aren't as many women in the highest levels of business in part because they begin "opting out" of more demanding assignments in anticipation of pregnancy and child care. She urges professional women to invest more in their careers, rather than stepping back (the "you *can* have it all!" argument). The book sparked a backlash from critics who pointed out that Sandberg herself has resources like nannies, housekeepers and significant wealth to support an ambitious career — assets which aren't available to many women.
Sandberg later reevaluated
some of her Lean In
arguments after the sudden death of her husband. Her new book, Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resistance and Finding Joy
, details how her family recovered from that loss and how she learned to cope with the difficulties of being a single parent.
A ticket, which includes a copy of the new book, is required to attend the event sponsored by Garden District Book Shop
. It's from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.