Sandberg to Megyn Kelly: I signed my emails at Treasury, ‘Smiles, Sheryl’

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg says that when she worked at the Treasury Department, she would end her emails by writing, “Smiles, Sheryl.”


On Fox News Channel’s “The Kelly File” on Thursday, host Megyn Kelly noted how, “all the time,” she often ends her messages with expressions such as a smiley face emoticon and “XOXO” (an abbreviation for “hugs and kisses”). The email move, Kelly said, goes against the advice fellow Fox News personality and former White House press secretary Dana Perino gives in her forthcoming book.

When Kelly asked the Lean In author her take on the closing of a letter or message, Sandberg replied, “I think I used to write all the time — and this is embarrassing so I can’t believe I’m admitting it nationally — ‘Smiles, Sheryl.’ ”

Sandberg said although she would have to check, she remembered using the end greeting while working in the Treasury Department, where she served as then-Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summer’s chief of staff.

“I literally wrote, ‘Smiles, Sheryl.’ And I was young — I was like 20s, early 30s,” she recalled with a laugh.

“But we have that problem,” Sandberg continued in the wide-ranging interview on women at home and in the workplace. “We have to somehow be competent and liked in ways that men don’t have because they can be liked for being competent.”

“When men are more confident, they’re better liked. With women, when you seem confident, people like you less, because you can’t be nice,” Sandberg told Kelly.