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Denise Koessler and Sheryl Sandberg in the USA Today


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“Lean In For Graduates, an updated version of Sheryl Sandberg’s best-selling book on empowerment, is coming to bookstores in April, Facebook’s chief operating officer told USA TODAY.

“It’s wonderful (the book) sparked this amount of conversation,” Sandberg said in a phone interview. “But even more important, because of this conversation, women and men are taking steps and changing their lives.”

Denise Koessler, 27, leads a 25-member circle at the University of Tennessee, where she is a Ph.D. candidate in electrical engineering and computer science. “Our mission is to recruit, mentor and retain women (in our department),” she says. “Our numbers are stark” — just 6% of the undergraduate class in her department is female."

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