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 MOREColleen Leahey, Reporter - May 23, 2013 12:10 PM ET
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 MOREColleen Leahey, Reporter - May 14, 2013 7:07 AM ET
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 MOREColleen Leahey, Reporter - Apr 25, 2013 9:12 AM ET
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. MOREColleen Leahey, Reporter - Jul 18, 2012 9:30 AM ET
New Yahoo (YHOO) chief executive Marissa Mayer is the youngest CEO of a Fortune 500 company. At 37, she displaces her former boss, 39-year-old Google (GOOG) CEO Larry Page.
Mayer is also the youngest woman ever to make the Fortune Most Powerful Women list. In 2008, at 33, she locked down the No. 50 spot -- and rose to No. 38 on the 2011 MPW list.
Though Mayer has famously described herself (again MOREColleen Leahey, Reporter - Jul 17, 2012 3:14 PM ET
A year ago, I began my first day at Fortune magazine. A bundle of ambition with no direction, I wondered if I would sink or swim. During my first morning meeting, I was sandwiched between two writers discussing derivatives over coffee. I seriously questioned my own intelligence.
Within two weeks, my sea legs finally took. The Fortune Most Powerful Women brand -- and the editors behind it -- pushed me to MOREColleen Leahey, Reporter - Jul 3, 2012 10:22 AM ET
Mellody Hobson has worked at Ariel Investments ever since she started as a college intern in 1997. Maybe that's why she roams far and wide to hone her leadership skills and collect big ideas.
Besides overseeing operations at Chicago-based Ariel, the mutual fund company where she became president at 31, Hobson is on a bunch of big boards: DreamWorks Animation (DWA), Estée Lauder (EL), Groupon (GRPN), and Starbucks (SBUX).
Last week at MOREColleen Leahey, Reporter - May 30, 2012 12:19 PM ET
Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton's deputy chief of staff, discusses her winding career path from Saudi Arabia to Washington D.C. at Fortune's Most Powerful Women dinner. By Colleen LeaheyColleen Leahey, Reporter - May 24, 2012 12:25 PM ET
The secretary of state welcomed participants into a program that connects rising businesswomen from emerging economies with U.S. corporate superstars.
FORTUNE -- The glasses of Sauvignon Blanc being passed about wasn't what was fueling the buzz that filled the U.S. State Department's Jefferson Room Monday evening. Instead, it was the knowledge that the "strongest advocate for women in the world," as assistant secretary of state Ann Stock put it, was about MOREColleen Leahey, Reporter - May 1, 2012 12:29 PM ET
Marissa Mayer has been a pioneer in the unofficial "Geek is Chic" movement. Google's (GOOG) first female engineer, who is now the company's VP in charge of all things local, has appeared in Vogue, rocked the cover of Fortune's 40-Under-40 issue, and been nominated for Vanity Fair's 2011 International Best Dressed List. She is an angel investor in female-founded companies like Minted and One King's Lane. Mayer also mentors rising-star MOREColleen Leahey, Reporter - Dec 1, 2011 11:59 AM ET
|Make $30 an hour, no bachelor's degree required|
|The 'chicken poop' credit and other bad tax breaks|
|Why Waze is a hot takeover target|
|Hedge fund guru says moms and trading don't mix|
|Investors consider life after Fed stimulus|