How the power players do it - by Fortune senior editor at large Patricia Sellers
  • 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
  • A marketing pro on how to outgrow your competition

    Jim Stengel, once the star marketing boss at P&G, tells how the best companies grow faster than their rivals. First, get the values right.

    This is Part 1 of a series for by Jim Stengel,  former global CMO of Procter & Gamble and author of Grow: How Ideals Power Growth and Profit at the World's Greatest Companies. In today's Guest Post and in five more over the next five Fridays, Jim digs MORE

    - Mar 21, 2014 8:03 AM ET
  • So you fail, so what! The corporate athlete success formula

    A group of star women with deep connections to sports know that if you learn to love failure, you're more likely to become a successful leader.

    FORTUNE -- So You Fail, So What. That's the title of a Fortune cover story that I wrote two decades ago. The story still has legs (readers ask me about it to this day) and is more relevant now than ever: The global flow of MORE

    - Mar 14, 2014 12:51 PM ET
  • 3 lessons behind a startup's $1 billion valuation

    Eventbrite's Julia Hartz learned a lot on her way to building a startup valued at $1 billion.


    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 MORE

    - Mar 13, 2014 12:14 PM ET
  • Media chief Sweeney is leaving Disney

    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 MORE

    - Mar 11, 2014 5:23 PM ET
  • Sandberg on GM chief Barra: Yes, she "leans in"

    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, MORE

    - Mar 11, 2014 8:49 AM ET
  • Women execs climb in the big bank shuffle

    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 MORE

    - Mar 7, 2014 2:15 PM ET
  • An athletic endeavor that saves lives

    Started by a rising-star businesswoman as she vied to conquer her cancer, Cycle for Survival has grown to be her winning legacy, with support from celebrities like Seth Meyers and big sponsors such as Coca-Cola.

    FORTUNE -- Jennifer Goodman Linn lived the kind of life that a lot young people aspire to. She grew up in a good family in New Jersey, went to Duke University, graduated Harvard Business School ('99), MORE

    - Mar 4, 2014 8:45 AM ET
  • Bank boss shares lessons from two crises

    FORTUNE -- Karen Peetz occupies a unique perch to learn lessons from crises. She is president of Bank of New York Mellon (BK), a Fortune 500 company that weathered the financial crisis well but had its reputation tarred along with the rest of the industry. Peetz is also on the board of trustees at Penn State University, where, in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, she raised her hand MORE

    - Feb 26, 2014 10:18 AM 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
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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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