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Photos From Michele Norris' Interview With 'Lean In' Author Sheryl Sandberg

Last night was "the biggest event in Washington," announced a beaming Shelton Zuckerman to the sold-out crowd gathered in Washington, D.C.'s Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, of which Shelton is a co-founder.

Brimming with a largely female audience, the synagogue played host to a conversation for aspiring female leaders and led by women who have earned their corner offices: NPR Host and Special Correspondent Michele Norris and Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer for Facebook. This event was Sandberg's latest venture championing women to embrace leadership in the workplace, a central theme in her new book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead.

Recap the Conversation on Twitter

Audience members live-tweeted questions and added their own voice to the discussion using the hashtag #LeanInDC.

Read more tweets from the event from This is NPR (@NPR), Michele Norris (@michele_norris) and Sixth and I (@SixthandI).

During the conversational session, Norris asked Sandberg about the challenges that some women face balancing their career and home life, and why women still have trouble landing top positions across most industries. Turning to her own experiences as a professional, a wife and a mother, Sandberg encouraged women not to fear "aiming higher." Lean In, Sandberg said, was written as practical advice for women who want to do just that.

"I'm writing this book for every little girl who has ever been called bossy," Sandberg declared, prompting a burst of laughter and applause from the crowd.

The discussion was prefaced by a note from NPR President and CEO Gary E. Knell, who recalled NPR's own early adoption of female leaders and continuing commitment to female leadership within the organization. Knell praised Norris and other NPR influencers as pioneers for women in media, along with a warm shout-out to NPR's four "Founding Mothers" – Nina Totenberg, Susan Stamberg, Cokie Roberts and Linda Wertheimer – who he cited as critical voices in shaping the success of NPR.

Flip through the slideshow for more highlights from last night's event.

  • NPR President and CEO Gary E. Knell stands with the honored guests of the night, (l-r) NPR Host and Special Correspondent Michele Norris and Facebook COO and author Sheryl Sandberg.
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    NPR President and CEO Gary E. Knell stands with the honored guests of the night, (l-r) NPR Host and Special Correspondent Michele Norris and Facebook COO and author Sheryl Sandberg.
    Emily Hellewell/NPR
  • "I'm so excited to be interviewed by Michele Norris!" Sandberg exclaimed at the start of the interview. "I'm a big fan of NPR."
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    "I'm so excited to be interviewed by Michele Norris!" Sandberg exclaimed at the start of the interview. "I'm a big fan of NPR."
    Bruce Guthrie
  • Sandberg shared her advice for changing the attitudes, perceptions and stereotypes about women in the workplace. Adding some humor to the conversation, Sandberg said she was once warned, "If you give a talk on women, people will think you're a woman!"
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    Sandberg shared her advice for changing the attitudes, perceptions and stereotypes about women in the workplace. Adding some humor to the conversation, Sandberg said she was once warned, "If you give a talk on women, people will think you're a woman!"
    Bruce Guthrie
  • Norris asked Sandberg if she was surprised by the reaction to Lean In. Sandberg said she didn't expect the reaction, but is grateful for it.
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    Norris asked Sandberg if she was surprised by the reaction to Lean In. Sandberg said she didn't expect the reaction, but is grateful for it.
    Bruce Guthrie
  • Audience members line up for the Q&A portion of the event.
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    Audience members line up for the Q&A portion of the event.
    Bruce Guthrie
  • Norris and Sandberg listen as attendees share their thoughts and ask questions. One woman asked for advice on negotiating at work; Sandberg answered by directing to her website, www.leanin.org, which hosts a series of instructional videos for women.
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    Norris and Sandberg listen as attendees share their thoughts and ask questions. One woman asked for advice on negotiating at work; Sandberg answered by directing to her website, www.leanin.org, which hosts a series of instructional videos for women.
    Bruce Guthrie
  • Following the interview, Sandberg met with attendees and signed copies of her book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead.
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    Following the interview, Sandberg met with attendees and signed copies of her book Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead.
    Bruce Guthrie

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