How the power players do it - by Fortune senior editor at large Patricia Sellers

Calling all Fortune Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs...and Tyra Banks goes to Harvard

June 30, 2011: 11:08 AM ET

Fortune Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs 2011 is open for nominations and applications.

Each year, Fortune recognizes 10 female entrepreneurs who are outstanding game changers, groundbreakers, and innovators. We invite them as our special guests to the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit (this year, October 3-5 in Laguna Niguel, CA) and we share their success stories with our readers.

We're on the hunt for female founders of thriving U.S. or international companies with revenue between $1 million and $25 million. If you're a potential MPW Entrepreneur or you want to nominate someone, please email Elizabeth Busch at by Monday, July 25. Include the entrepreneur's name, her contact information, company website, and a brief note about why we should consider her. (We'll contact her and ask her to apply.)

By the way, one entrepreneur who comes to the Fortune MPW Summit is Tyra Banks, whom I recently interviewed at Digitas' digital content conference, NewFront. Who knew that the supermodel/media mogul is attending Harvard Business School...and living in a dorm as she builds her global business acumen? Here she is, talking about her life at HBS:

Since Fortune launched MPW Entrepreneurs in 2009--initially partnering with American Express (AXP)--we have not discovered the next Tyra. Yet. But some of our honorees--like Dina Kaplan at, Susan Koger at ModCloth, Lynn Jurich at SunRun, and Michelle Marciniak and Susan Walvius at SHEEX--have beaten the odds and are seriously scaling their startups. To learn more about MPW Entrepreneurs and how to become one, visit Postcards over the coming weeks, check out our new Fortune Most Powerful Women page on Facebook--and watch this video:

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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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