Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg Speaks (At Harvard), But Not About The IPO

By David Cohen 

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg made her first public appearance since the social network’s troubled initial public offering, speaking to graduates of the business school at her alma mater and that of Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg, Harvard University, but nary a word was spoken about the IPO.

Reuters reported that Sandberg would not comment before or after her speech, saying she was not speaking to the media.

So what did Sandberg talk about? According to Reuters, she urged the graduates to work for fast-growing companies, to communicate honestly, and to address inequality in the workplace, saying:

We need to acknowledge openly that gender remains at issue at the highest levels.

After urging the Harvard business school graduates to continue to use Facebook to stay in touch, she joked, according to Reuters:

We’re public now, so could you please click on an ad or two while you’re there?

The closest she came to addressing the IPO, according to Reuters, was this:

When things are unresolved, I get a tad anxious. People have never accused me of being too calm.

Readers: Is it wise for Sandberg and other Facebook executives to keep a low profile until the negativity surrounding the IPO starts to dissipate?