02/23/2012 01:08 pm ET

Help Women Take The Stage

Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, has been speaking out a lot lately about subtle dynamics that hold women back from reaching senior roles in business. Her TED talk and Barnard commencement speech went viral. Lean in, she says to women, take your place at the table, seize the stage.

I never suspected she had a personal message for me, but sitting in on a recent panel on "Women as the Way Forward" that included Sandberg, I learned otherwise.

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