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Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and author of "Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead," addresses students at Howard University's School of Business in Northwest on Oct. 15.

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and author of "Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead," addresses students at Howard University's School of Business in Northwest on Oct. 15.

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Facebook Exec Sandberg Challenges Howard U. Students

With the professional landscape of the country lacking in the number of women and other minorities in power positions, Sheryl Sandberg, a chief operating officer for social media front-runner Facebook, opted during a recent discussion with an audience of Howard University students to not sugarcoat her message of racial and gender inequality in government and private industry.