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  • DC power players talk compromise and Hillary in 2016

    Senator Patty Murray and former Pentagon star Michèle Flournoy share anecdotes about navigating their political careers.

    FORTUNE -- Tuesday night's Fortune Most Powerful Women event in Washington, D.C., began with a moment of silence. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) asked that the audience remember victims of the landslide that brutally upended Washington's Snohomish County on Saturday.

    The natural disaster has already killed 14 citizens and 176 people are unaccounted for. Oso and Darrington, the MORE

    - Mar 25, 2014 11:23 PM ET
  • FORTUNE announces a new Most Powerful Women conference

    Fortune MPW: Next Gen honors and unites rising star women across all industries. 

    FORTUNE -- Fortune is launching a new extension to its fast-growing Most Powerful Women lineup. The Fortune Most Powerful Women Next Gen conference will be held December 2-3 at the Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco.

    The new conference is the latest iteration  of Fortune Most Powerful Women, which began in 1998 as an annual ranking of top women business leaders in the magazine, became a conference the next year MORE

    - Mar 25, 2014 10:36 PM ET
  • SPANX CEO out after building the mega-brand

    Former Coke exec Laurie Ann Goldman was the powerful brand builder behind SPANX founder Sara Blakely's billion-dollar success.

    FORTUNE -- SPANX announced yesterday that the CEO Laurie Ann Goldman would be leaving the Atlanta-based company. Despite the surprising management change, Goldman's success with the brand is undeniable.

    While on maternity leave in 2001, Coca-Cola (KO) licensing exec Laurie Ann Goldman perused Saks Fifth Avenue in Atlanta in hopes of MORE

    - Feb 11, 2014 12:27 PM ET
  • Elon Musk's mom on raising the Businessperson of the Year

    Maye Musk, mother of Elon, shares stories about raising the visionary entrepreneur, all while building businesses of her own.

    FORTUNE -- You may recognize Maye Musk from her 2011 New York Magazine cover, a provocative photograph of the 63-year-old model, nude and photoshopped to make her appear nine months pregnant a la Demi Moore's Vanity Fair cover. (The cover line, "Is She Just Too Old For This?" teased a story about MORE

    - Nov 22, 2013 8:00 AM ET
  • Leadership lessons from a top entrepreneur

    The Silicon Valley entrepreneur and Starbucks (SBUX) board member shares the leadership lessons she learned at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit.

    By Clara Shih, founder and CEO of Hearsay Social

    This October, I attended the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit in Washington, D.C., and spoke on a panel with three other women under age 40: Warren Buffett's financial assistant Tracy Britt Cool, Cinnabon President Kat Cole, and SunRun founder and CEO MORE

    - Nov 7, 2013 12:42 PM ET
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  • Become a Most Powerful Women Entrepreneur

    Click on the image above -- or HERE -- to download the application. Remember to visit the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit website to learn more about the event. Check out the 2012 MPWE winners HERE.

    - Jun 5, 2013 10:13 AM ET
  • What I learned working for Martha Stewart

    FORTUNE -- Beatrice Mwasi was looking for a spark. The founder of Sanabora Design House had founded a leather workshop in Kenya a decade ago and transformed it into a broad accessories and home goods business with more than 3,000 affiliate producers throughout Kenya. But her company's growth had slowed, and Mwasi felt frustrated.

    That's just when the U.S. Embassy in Kenya reached out to Mwasi to apply for the 2013 MORE

    - May 23, 2013 12:10 PM ET
  • New York City's Christine Quinn wants no B.S.

    New York City mayoral candidate Christine Quinn joined Fortune's Most Powerful Women community in New York for a candid discussion over dinner.

    FORTUNE -- Christine Quinn has been called brash, controlling, volatile, hotheaded, aggressive, and more. Is New York City's candidate for mayor comfortable with those descriptions? "Pretty much," she shrugged. "I'm tough, and New Yorkers deserve that."

    At Monday night's Fortune Most Powerful Women dinner in Manhattan's Time Warner Center, New York City Council Speaker MORE

    - May 14, 2013 7:07 AM ET
  • Senator Mikulski on inspiring bipartisan conversation

    The longest-serving woman in U.S. Congress has a solution to keep Washington from gridlock. Hint: It involves more women.

    FORTUNE -- If 76-year old Barbara Mikulski could time travel and chat with her 20-year old self, her advice would be simple: It doesn't matter that you're not 5'4". These sorts of quips—Mikulski's stature falls just short of five-feet—are key ingredients to the Maryland Senator's tell-it-like-it-is reputation. They popped up throughout MORE

    - Apr 25, 2013 9:12 AM ET
  • Update: Fortune 500 Women CEOs hits a record 20

    FORTUNE -- As we noted yesterday, Yahoo's new chief Marissa Mayer is the youngest CEO in the Fortune 500. Mayer's appointment means that the Fortune 500 now has 20 female CEOs, a new record. Here's the list:

    10. Meg Whitman - Hewlett-Packard (HPQ)

    19. Ginni Rometty - IBM (IBM)

    28. Patricia Woertz - Archer Daniels Midland (ADM)

    41. Indra Nooyi - PepsiCo (PEP)

    45. Angela Braly - WellPoint (WLP)

    50. Irene Rosenfeld - Kraft Foods (KFT)

    72. MORE

    - Jul 18, 2012 9:30 AM ET
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Colleen Leahey
Colleen Leahey

Colleen Leahey joined Fortune in May 2011 to cover leadership, technology, and small business. She also focuses on building the Fortune Most Powerful Women franchise in the digital and live media space and manages programming for the MPW Summit. Previously, Colleen worked at The New Yorker and Bicycling magazine. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and lives in Manhattan.

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