Leadership by Geoff Colvin

How Fortune selects Most Powerful Women

August 1, 2008: 12:48 PM ET

We rank corporate women in for-profit businesses only, and rankings are based on four criteria: the size and importance of the business in the global economy, the health and direction of the business, the arc of her career, and her social and cultural relevance.

Please send a complete description of the candidate's career and bio. Include any corporate boards or boards of other influential organizations she serves on. If the woman is not a CEO, include her title, the name of the executive she reports to, her responsibilities, and how many employees she oversees.

Please also include the company's annual revenue and net income as of the most recent annual report. If the candidate is the head of or senior executive in a division, include the division's annual revenue and operating income as well.

Email submissions by August 18 to jshambora at fortunemail.com with "MPWomen submission" in the subject line. The 2008 MPWomen issue will be released September 29.

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Pattie Sellers
Pattie Sellers
Senior Editor at Large, Fortune
Executive Director of MPW/Live Content, Time Inc.

Pattie Sellers has written more than 20 Fortune cover stories including "Marissa Mayer: Ready to Rumble at Yahoo," "Muhtar Kent's New Coke," "Oprah's Next Act", "The $100 Billion Woman" (Melinda Gates), and "Gone with the Wind" (Ted Turner). She co-founded Fortune Most Powerful Women and oversees the Fortune MPW Summit, the preeminent gathering of women leaders in business and beyond—and programs such as Fortune MPW Entrepreneurs and the Fortune-U.S. State Department Global Women Leaders Mentoring Partnership. Pattie also develops Live Content across Time Inc. Her blog, Postcards, is about how power players lead and navigate their careers. Pattie won Time Inc.'s prestigious MVP award for her performance in 2012.

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