FORTUNE -- Sheryl Sandberg must be the most politically connected executive in Silicon Valley.
There she was in Washington, D.C., last month when President Obama hosted a powwow with tech honchos at the White House.
Fifteen years earlier, the Facebook (FB) COO served as chief of staff to Larry Summers when he was Treasury secretary in the Clinton administration.
And last year, when Summers was being considered to chair the Federal Reserve, Sandberg leaned in to support him.
Sandberg's mentor didn't get the Fed job—it went to Janet Yellen. But now it appears that Sandberg will have one degree of separation from the next No. 2 at the Fed. Obama's choice to be the Fed's next vice-chairman is Stanley Fischer, whose son David is Sandberg's longtime deputy.
David Fischer is VP of Advertising and Global Operations at Facebook. Before Sandberg lured him to Facebook in 2010, he spent more than seven years working for her at Google (GOOG), helping her build a 4,000-employee ad operations group—and taking her job as VP of online sales and operations when she left. Famously thoughtful, calm and unflappable, Fischer first earned Sandberg's praise when he worked for her at Treasury.
Like son, like father? Apparently. The elder Fischer, whom Sandberg indeed knows, is renowned as a low-key, low-ego, and evenhanded economist—the same rep that Yellen has. Once Ben Bernanke's thesis adviser at MIT, Stanley Fischer, 70, has been the World Bank's chief economist, the IMF's No. 2, a Citigroup (C) vice-chairman, and the head of the Bank of Israel, where he steered the central bank through the 2008 global economic crisis with remarkable finesse.
That's such an impressive resume that some people doubted that Fischer would agree to be No. 2 at the Fed--but Yellen reportedly pushed the White House to ask him. If he's confirmed, Fischers father and son will be working for two of the most powerful women in the world.
FORTUNE -- Facebook's Carolyn Everson followed the advice of Sheryl Sandberg, her mentor, when she moved her family from New Jersey to London and took a job in Facebook's international business that needed filling.
Everson leaned in. And so, for the past six months, she's been leading Facebook (FB) Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) in addition to doing her main job as Facebook's VP of Global Marketing Solutions.Nothing is easy MOREPatricia Sellers - Jun 26, 2013 4:18 PM ET
What the Cannes Film Festival is to Hollywood, the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity has long been to Madison Avenue—and now to Silicon Valley too. Executives from Facebook (FB) and Google (GOOG) and Yahoo (YHOO) are here on the French Riviera, soaking up sun and connections with the marketing chiefs of Coca-Cola (KO), IBM (IBM), and lots of other Fortune 500 giants that have millions of dollars to spend.
A MOREPatricia Sellers - Jun 19, 2013 12:00 PM ET
Jessica Shambora was a reporter at Fortune from 2008 until 2011 -- my great protegé and now a lifelong friend. Jess is now a marketing communications manager at Facebook (FB), but she's still a journalist to me. So when she texted me last night to tell me that she had finished the Boston Marathon and was shaken but okay, I asked her if she would share her take on the MOREPatricia Sellers - Apr 16, 2013 12:18 PM ET
When Carolyn Everson, Facebook's (FB) VP of global marketing solutions, confronted a management void in Europe, she opted to fix the problem herself. She moved her family--husband Doug and twin daughters--from New Jersey to London.
Now Everson is on the ground for six months, fortifying the European business, visiting international advertisers, and helping in the hunt for a new leader for the region. Last evening, during a quick trip home (she's MOREPatricia Sellers - Mar 28, 2013 2:55 PM ET
In the crazy media buildup to Monday's release of Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, author/Facebook (FB) COO Sheryl Sandberg was surprised that men didn't chime into the public discourse. That changed in the past few days. PIMCO CEO Mohamed el-Erian wrote a wise commentary on Sandberg's crusade. I interviewed Sandberg about her message to men. Next week, I'll share with you my interview with Sandberg and MOREPatricia Sellers - Mar 15, 2013 11:07 AM ET
A look at Silicon Valley's two most powerful women from a journalist who has known both for nearly a decade--and offers news about Mayer's controversial HR policy and nursery at Yahoo
Never in the history of book marketing has there been a crusade quite like Sheryl Sandberg's. Last Thursday in New York, the Facebook (FB) COO hobnobbed with former U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, film director George Lucas and Barbara Walters MOREPatricia Sellers - Mar 11, 2013 3:37 PM ET
So, Facebook (FB) knows how to grow. On Tuesday, the company that everyone loved to discount reported better-than-expected profits and a 32% increase in third-quarter revenue to nearly $1.3 billion. The stock is popping.
Substantial credit goes to Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer and CEO Mark Zuckerberg's No. 2, who has learned a thing or two about scaling businesses. When Sandberg joined her previous employer Google (GOOG) in 2001, that MOREPatricia Sellers - Oct 24, 2012 10:59 AM ET
In social media, Coke is it. Coca-Cola is the biggest consumer brand on Facebook (FB). At the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit earlier this month, I interviewed Wendy Clark, SVP of Integrated Marketing Communications and Capabilities at Coca-Cola (KO). The day before we hit the stage, Clark sent me an email to share her ideas. That email, which she wrote on the plane on her way to southern California, was MOREPatricia Sellers - Oct 17, 2012 11:08 AM ET
We asked the question a few months ago: How can it be that Facebook, whose biggest and best base of customers is female, does not have a single woman on its seven-member board of directors?
Yesterday, it happened. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg got named to the board. A smart move, and long overdue.
It's smart too because investors are looking for signs to be confident in Facebook (FB), whose stock now trades MOREPatricia Sellers - Jun 26, 2012 7:38 AM ET
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