Sharon Meers: Keynote

sharon meers

Head of Strategic Partnerships, eBay Enterprise

Sharon Meers leads Strategic Partnerships for eBay Enterprise, the commerce division of eBay, Inc.


She is also co-author of Getting to 50/50, the award-winning book about men and women finding common ground and success together. The book launched on the Today show in 2009 and has been featured in many publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Fortune. It was re-issued in Paperback in 2013 with a foreword by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, author of Lean In.


Sharon was previously a managing director at Goldman Sachs where she worked for 16 years in a number of senior roles. Meers worked in Goldman’s Fixed Income Division where she led projects to restructure financial institutions following the Savings and Loan crisis. In 1996, Sharon moved to San Francisco to lead Goldman’s west-coast equity derivatives effort and in 1999, she opened Goldman’s Investment Management business in Menlo Park to address the needs of Goldman’s Silicon Valley clients.


While at Goldman, Sharon co-chaired the Women’s Network in the Investment Management Division, served on the diversity committees of two of the firm’s divisions, and developed a mentorship program that linked high-potential women to senior male advisors. In 2005 she left Goldman to research and write Getting to 50/50.


Sharon and her husband created the Partnership for Parity at Stanford Business School and the Dual-Career Initiative at Harvard University to help shift the dialog about work—making it more fact-based, co-ed, and fun.


Sharon earned a BA in History at Harvard and an MA in Economics at NYU.


Sharon lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband Steve, a commercial real estate developer, and their son (13) and daughter (9).