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Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer talks...and sticks around

November 28, 2012: 11:42 AM ET

FORTUNE -- Marissa Mayer did her first interview since becoming CEO of Yahoo (YHOO) last night. She sat down with me at the Fortune Most Powerful Women dinner in Palo Alto, California.

Here's my colleague Michal Lev-Ram's story about the interview.

And here are two clips of my interview with Mayer:

By the way, even though Mayer was heading home to her two-month-old baby, Macallister, and bound for Washington early this morning to meet with President Obama and a bunch of other Fortune 500 CEOs at the White House, Mayer was the last--the very last--person to leave our event last evening.

This is Mayer, whom I profiled in Fortune in October, she does. At the "FYI meetings" that she leads for Yahoo employees every Friday, she says she tries to be the last to exit, so anyone who stays can ask her questions.

The Yahoo chief's philosophy? She says she once read that Bruce Springsteen has a theory about his own career success and longevity: "I stick around."

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