Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant: Option B

Date(s) - 04/28/17
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Harris Theater

Hosted by
Chicago Humanities Council

Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant: Option B

Chicago Humanities Festival

Fri, Apr 28 | 5:30 – 6:30 PM
Harris Theater
205 E Randolph St | Chicago, IL | 60601
  • Members: $34
  • Public: $38
  • Students and Teachers: $25

“Sheryl writes about her own heartbreaking experience with a rare honesty…a powerful, practical guide for anyone trying to build resilience in their own lives, communities and companies.” – Bill and Melinda Gates, co-chairs of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Join Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant, authors of Option B, as they talk about building resilience and moving forward after life’s inevitable setbacks. After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl felt certain that she and her children would never feel pure joy again. Her friend Adam, a psychologist at Wharton, told her there are steps people can take to recover and even rebound. Option B combines Sandberg’s emotional insights and Grant’s eye-opening research on finding strength in the face of adversity.

The authors will share what they’ve learned on helping others in crisis, developing compassion for ourselves, raising strong children, and creating resilient families, communities and workplaces. Many of these lessons can be applied to ordinary struggles, allowing us to build resilience for whatever lies ahead. They will discuss the capacity of the human spirit to persevere…and to rediscover joy. Ariel Investments President Mellody Hobson joins Sandberg and Grant in conversation.

This event will feature live open captions to increase access to program content.

This program is generously underwritten by the Make It Better Foundation.

Theater and rental space have been underwritten through the support of Harris Theater for Music and Dance.

Ticket purchase includes a signed copy of Option B. An option for 1 book + 2 tickets is available through the box office at (312) 494-9509.


Sheryl Sandberg is chief operating officer at Facebook and international best-selling author of Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. Prior to Facebook, she was vice president of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google. She previously served as chief of staff for the United States Treasury Department and as an economist with the World Bank. She received her BA from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Sandberg is the founder of and serves on the boards of Facebook, the Walt Disney Company, Women for Women International, ONE, and SurveyMonkey.

Adam Grant is a psychologist and Wharton’s top-rated professor. The New York Times best-selling author of Originals and Give and Take, he is a leading expert on how we can find motivation and meaning and live more generous and creative lives. Grant has been recognized as one of the world’s twenty-five most influential management thinkers and received awards from the American Psychological Association and the National Science Foundation. He also serves as a contributing op-ed writer on work and psychology for The New York Times. Grant earned his BA from Harvard College and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.

Mellody Hobson is president of Ariel Investments, one of the largest African-American-owned money management firms in the United States. Hobson is a nationally recognized voice on financial literacy and investor education. She is a regular contributor and analyst on finance, the markets and economic trends for CBS News, contributes weekly money tips on the Tom Joyner Morning Show and writes for Black Enterprise magazine. She is a spokesperson for the Ariel/Hewitt study, 401(k) Plans in Living Color and the Ariel Black Investor Survey, both of which examine investing patterns among minorities.


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