Fortune Most Powerful Women gathered for a blow-out celebration in May. We kicked off our 2009 MPWomen's Summit theme, Betting on the Future, with a panel discussion with Google's (GOOG) Marissa Mayer, Goldman Sachs' (GS) Dina Powell, and Meredith Whitney, the influential bank-industry analyst. Also part of the evening: 32 rising star women leaders from 23 developing countries -- participants in the 2009 Fortune-U.S. State Department Mentoring Partnership. For more on the gala, click here.
Scenes from the party...
Jocelyne Attal, former Avaya CMO, and Cecilia Attias, former First Lady of France
Meredith Whitney, bank industry Cassandra
WNBA chief Donna Orender, Susan Saint James, Solera Capital CEO Molly Ashby, and Danskin boss Carol Hochman
Melanne Verveer, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large
International Mentees with Gayle King (in orange) and daughter Kirby Bumpus (2nd from left)
Studio Museum of Harlem director Thelma Golden
The team behind the MPWomen Mentoring Program: Goldman Sachs managing director Dina Powell, Vital Voices CEO Alyse Nelson, and the State Department's Chris Miner
Gilt Groupe CEO Susan Lyne and Gayle King
Time Inc. Chairman & CEO Ann Moore
MPWomen Betting on the Future panelists Marissa Mayer of Google, Dina Powell of Goldman Sachs, and Meredith Whitney (with Pattie Sellers)
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Senior Editor at Large, Fortune
Executive Director of MPW/Live Content, Time Inc.
Fortune senior editor at large Pattie Sellers has written some of Fortune's most talked-about cover stories, including "Marissa Mayer: Ready to Rumble at Yahoo," "Oprah's Next Act," "Can Meg Whitman Save California?" "The $100 Billion Woman" (Melinda Gates), and "Remodeling Martha" (Martha Stewart). She has helped oversee Fortune's "Most Powerful Women in Business" package every year since its launch in 1998. Pattie is Executive Director of the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, the preeminent gathering of women leaders in business and beyond. She oversees MPW programs that enable women leaders to extend their influence and empower the next generation—such as Fortune MPW Entrepreneurs and the Fortune-U.S. State Department Global Women Leaders Mentoring Partnership. Beyond her Fortune duties, she is also developing Live Content across Time Inc. Pattie grew up in Allentown, PA, graduated from the University of Virginia, and started at Fortune in 1984. Her blog, Postcards, is about how power players lead, manage others, and navigate their careers.
The Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women Leaders Mentoring Partnership brings rising-star women from countries around the world to the U.S. for three-week mentorships with participants of the annual Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit - among them Ursula Burns of Xerox, Laura Lang of Time Inc., Marissa Mayer of Yahoo, and Tory Burch.