When one thinks of Sheryl Sandberg, they are often impressed by her long list of accomplishments. After being wooed away from Google to become COO of Facebook by Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl has been credited with turning what was once a fledging social networking website into a profitable and powerful business. Now that she is a household name, Sandberg views her true work to be inspiring women to lean into their life’s work while embracing the unique qualities that set them apart from others.

Leaning in for Success

In response to her readers’ interest in her best-selling book, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, Sheryl formed an organization that aims to build networks of support for women who are driven to pursue their dreams. In these groups, women can benefit from a community that supports woman drive to develop her strengths to their full potential. From building their self-confidence to developing the characteristics of being a leader, every woman has the capability when she leans into her social connections while focusing on meeting her goals.

A Mother’s Influence

Sheryl Sandberg may be the COO of the largest social networking site in the world and a best-selling author, but she still has not forgotten her roots. Throughout her career, Sheryl credits her mother with being the inspiration behind every decision she makes. Her mother’s decision to drop out of a Ph.D. program when she was pregnant with Sheryl has taught her that there can be many different definitions of success. Whatever a No. 113 Woman’s career aspirations may be, as long as she leans into her family and friends, she will always be able to reach her goals.

Honoring Inspiration

As Sheryl Sandberg makes it clear that every woman must lean in and provide support to others, our founder, Joie Gharrity, is motivated to honor her mother who is the inspiration for her success with the following note of appreciation: 

Dear Mama G,

I want to thank you for your encouragement and support to always follow my dreams and never to define myself by other people’s standards throughout the years. You have always praised my strengths while offering me the encouragement I needed to overcome adversity. It is because of you that I have found the strength and courage to swing for the stars, and I am so very proud to be your daughter. You inspired the No.113 Brand because you are the ultimate No.113 Woman.

On that final, inspirational note, let every woman around the world use her dynamic personality and success to lean into those who are special in their lives while offering the support we all need to reach for our dreams.