How the power players do it - by Fortune senior editor at large Patricia Sellers

Powerful Women: the final photo gallery

October 28, 2008: 3:05 PM ET

I've shared pictures and videos and stories of Warren Buffett in action at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit--his idea of "heaven," he told the 350 women who gathered in California in early October. But there was much ado beyond Buffett at our 10th Summit, which drew, despite the market mayhem, a lineup of leaders that reflected our theme, "Extraordinary Talent." Here are a few glimpses of the talent on the scene:

Pop Queen: Time Inc. CEO interviewed PepsiCo (PEP) CEO Indra Nooyi, who talked about rallying her people behind her mantra, "Performance with purpose." Nooyoi is No. 1 on Fortune's 2008 Most Powerful Women list.

The $100 Billion Woman: Melinda Gates, whom I profiled in a January cover story, told me and the MPWomen participants how she and Bill give away their billions--and Buffett's as well. Watching the interview, from the front row: the Berkshire-Hathaway (BRK.B) boss, flanked by his daughter Susie and daughter-in-law, Jennifer.

X Appeal: Anne Wojcicki, who co-founded personal genetics startup 23andMe, and Google (GOOG) VP Susan Wojcicki talked about growing up in Silicon Valley. I featured the remarkable Wojcicki sisters in my recent Fortune story, The New Valley Girls.

Internet Divas: Arianna Huffington and Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook, shared their entrepreneurial knowhow in a breakout session on Building Digital Communities.

Wealth Warrior: Sallie Krawcheck, fresh off exiting her job as CEO of global wealth management at Citigroup (C), gave her take on the turmoil in the markets.

Media Mavens: Time Inc. Group Editor Martha Nelson, Lifetime CEO Andrea Wong, Gilt Groupe CEO Susan Lyne, Time Warner (TWX) EVP Pat Fili-Krushel, and NBC Universal (GE) cable president Bonnie Hammer.

Photos by Maryanne Russell Photography.

Award Winners: Goldman Sachs (GS) managing director Dina Powell (center) celebrates with Eva Muraya and Phyllis Mwangi, who won the first annual Goldman Sachs-Fortune Global Women Leaders Award. Goldman CEO Lloyd Blankfein was on hand to bestow the honors on these two Kenyan entrepreneurs, who participated in the Fortune-U.S. State Department Mentoring Partnership two years ago. Every May, the program brings enterprising businesswomen from developing countries to the U.S. to work with participants of the Summit. To see some of this year's mentoring matchups, read Jessica Shambora's recent story in Fortune.

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