Tell Hatred ‘No Way, Not Today’: Sheryl Sandberg at Virginia Tech
It’s been two years since Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg, tragically lost her husband, Dave Goldberg, to a heart attack. Since then, she has been a symbol of hope and resilience in a world that’s increasingly in need of those two things.
Giving the keynote address at Virginia Tech’s graduation ceremony, Sandberg spoke to the outgoing batch of 2017 about building collective resilience.
Sandberg spoke of people complaining about ageing, and said:
Sandberg adds that people aren’t born with resilience. “It’s like a muscle, we must build resilience and hope,” she added.
She describes how she was compelled to ask for help after her husband’s death.
Sandberg breaks down in the middle of her speech, telling the students not to offer help in a generic way – something she used to do before she lost her husband.
“We are more vulnerable than we ever thought, but we are stronger than we ever imagined,” she says, choking back tears. “To hatred, division and loss of hope, we say ‘no way, not today’”, she adds.
You can watch her entire speech here: