KCETLink in Partnership with 'Writers Bloc' Presents Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg on Women in Leadership with Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton

Presented exclusively on KCET, the program captures the Writers Bloc event at the Writers Guild Theater with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton to discuss her new book "Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead" detailing women in the workplace, stereotypes and misconceptions.


BURBANK, CALIF. - March 22, 2013 - A new women's movement is underway that is debunking stereotypes and misconceptions about women in the workplace.  During a recent Writers Bloc event at the Writers Guild Theater in Los Angeles, Facebook's Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and Sony Entertainment, Inc. CEO Michael Lynton participated in a uplifting discussion about Sandberg's new book, "Lean In: Women, Work and Will to Lead." KCETLink produced the taped live event as a special, which premieres on KCET on March 25 at 8 p.m.

Sandberg, one of the country's most powerful female executives, discussed gender inequalities in the workplace and how many organizations operate through a "quiet, unequal policy of access" without any realization. She expressed a desire for her children to grow up in a balanced, fair environment where gender stereotypes are not perpetuated at every turn, especially in business. When asked by Lynton if she was a feminist, she countered by saying she would have been insulted by that question 10 years ago because feminists "don't get dates," but now argues that feminists get the "right dates."

A conversational interview, Lynton and Sandberg rallied back and forth about how different Fortune 500 companies would be if women were at the helm. They also discussed the importance of mentorship and sponsorship from accomplished industry predecessors in an effort to learn and achieve success in business, in addition to family and workplace support. According to Sandberg, for women, it's not about having or doing it all; it's about achieving goals, embracing challenges and finding a balance.

"We're pleased to bring this powerful discussion to our viewers with two of the country's most influential business leaders," said Bohdan Zachary, Vice President, Broadcast, Syndication & Production for newly formed KCETLink. "Through this series, we remain committed to providing quality, substantive programming that resonates with our diverse viewership."

The second production of the new series, KCETLink Presents, KCETLink continues to offer enlightening and unique specials to audiences on KCET and Link TV, co-produced with acclaimed organizations such as L.A. based Writers Bloc, a nonprofit literary series. The previous KCETLink Presents production included Eva Longoria and Justice Sonia Sotomayor. The next production will feature Cairo-based author and journalist Shereen El Feki and Egyptian-American comedian Omar Elba in a lively discussion about El Feki's new book, "Sex and the Citadel: Intimacy in the Changing Arab World." Check kcet.org/schedule for airdates and times.


The executive producer for KCETLink Presents is Bohdan Zachary and this episode was co-produced by Writers Bloc founder Andrea Grossman.




KCETLink is the new national independent public transmedia organization formed by the merger between KCET and Link Media.  A viewer-supported 501c(3) organization, its content is distributed nationally via satellite on DirecTV and DISH Networks, in Southern and Central California via broadcast, as well as through various digital delivery systems.  KCET and Link TV are services of KCETLink. For additional information about KCETLink productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and events, please visit kcet.org or linktv.org.



Writers Bloc (writersblocpresents.com) is a nonprofit literary series, now in its 17th season, dedicated to bringing to Los Angeles our favorite writers, artists and critics who have made a significant impact on our cultural landscape. Andrea Grossman is the founder and executive producer.



Sheryl Sandberg has been the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, Inc. since March 2008. She is responsible for helping Facebook scale its operations and expand its presence globally and also managed sales, marketing, business development, human resources, public policy, privacy and communications. In 2008, Sandberg was named as one of the "50 Most Powerful Women in Business" by Fortune and one of the "50 Women to Watch" by The Wall Street Journal. Sandberg holds an A.B. in Economics from Harvard University and was awarded the John H. Williams Prize as the top graduating student in Economics. She was a Baker and Ford Scholar at Harvard Business School, where she earned an MBA with highest distinction.


Michael Lynton is CEO of Sony Entertainment, Inc.  He oversees Sony's global entertainment businesses, including Sony Music Entertainment, Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Lynton is also Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment and manages the studio's overall global operations, which include motion picture, television and digital content production and distribution, home entertainment acquisition and distribution, operation of studio facilities, and the development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. Under his leadership, Sony Pictures Entertainment has released many great films, including, among many others, The Social Network.  In May of 2012, the Harvard Alumni Association elected Lynton to the Harvard Board of Overseers. He was appointed by President Barack Obama to the Broadcasting Board of Governors, on which he currently services as interim presiding governor.





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