FORTUNE -- Petra Nemcova's success is a little different from yours and mine—she's a supermodel who appeared on the cover of the 2003 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, among other well-known magazines. In 2004, Nemcova's life changed when the Indian Ocean tsunami struck Thailand, where she and her fiance were on vacation. He got swept away—his body was found months later—while the Czech-born supermodel clung to the top of a palm tree for eight hours and somehow lived to tell her story.
And so she did last week at Fortune's Most Powerful Women dinner in New York City, when she sat on stage with me to talk about Happy Hearts Fund, a charity born out of tragedy. A decade after the tsunami, Nemcova, now 34, has raised $16 million with the support of Estee Lauder's (EL) Clinique brand, jeweler Chopard, Microsoft (MSFT), SAP (SAP) and United Airlines (UAL) to help children in areas impacted by natural disasters. Here she talks about building 85 disaster-proof schools in seven countries, and that is just the beginning of her mission...
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FORTUNE - Wendy Clark, SVP of Coca-Cola's Global Sparkling Brand Center, is a participant in this year's Fortune-U.S. State Department Global Women's Mentoring program, which brings rising-star women from developing countries to the U.S. each year to shadow participants of the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit. Since the program launched in 2006, more than 250 MOREPatricia Sellers - Apr 16, 2014 8:00 AM ET
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FORTUNE -- Eventbrite president Julia Hartz is on a roll. Less than one year after raising $60 million to expand the startup she founded with her husband Kevin, the entrepreneurial couple has quietly raised some $60 million more in venture capital -- at a $1 billion company valuation, according to my Fortune colleague Dan MOREPatricia Sellers - Mar 13, 2014 12:14 PM ET
The planned exit of Disney Media Networks boss Anne Sweeney is playing out like a TV show. Imagine the corporate potboiler she could create as a director of a dramatic series on her own ABC.
FORTUNE -- Anne Sweeney, Walt Disney's (DIS) veteran executive in charge of ABC and the co-chair of the media giant's vast cable-TV assets, is leaving.
Sweeney, who ranks No. 27 on Fortune's recently released Global Most Powerful MOREPatricia Sellers - Mar 11, 2014 5:23 PM ET
Two of the world's most powerful women, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and GM CEO Mary Barra, seem to have different formulas for success. But they're more like-minded than you would think.
FORTUNE -- It's a year this week since the launch of Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, and Facebook COO-turned-author Sheryl Sandberg is leaning in to her career-counsel crusade fiercely. Having sold 1.6 million books in 27 languages, MOREPatricia Sellers - Mar 11, 2014 8:49 AM ET
A shakeup at Citigroup leaves two women with bigger jobs -- and one prominent departure.
FORTUNE -- In what has long been a minefield for senior women -- the big banks -- three female executives burnished their power this week.
In a senior management shuffle at Citigroup (C), CEO Mike Corbat told employees yesterday that Jane Fraser is the new CEO of U.S. Consumer & Commercial Banking. This is a huge job MOREPatricia Sellers - Mar 7, 2014 2:15 PM ET
GM CEO Mary Barra and Google exec Susan Wojcicki, newly in charge of YouTube, show that you can reach the top by staying in one place.
FORTUNE -- Job-hopping can be a path to promotions and big pay for many executives, but the global edition of the Fortune Most Powerful Women list, released today, suggests that there is still value in corporate loyalty. Ten of the 50 executives on the list MOREPatricia Sellers - Feb 6, 2014 11:46 AM ET
A new venture by two prominent startup investors says much about where Silicon Valley money is heading—and much about the void they leave in their wake.
FORTUNE -- Silicon Valley venture capitalists Jennifer Fonstad and Theresia Gouw are leaving their firms and going into business together.
Aspect Ventures is the name. And the most interesting aspect of this startup—besides the cofounders' focus on mobile, which says a lot about where Silicon Valley MOREPatricia Sellers - Feb 5, 2014 9:00 AM ET
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