The real power of Fortune Most Powerful Women is the community's reach and influence around the world.
And there's no better testament to this than the Mentor Walks that took place this month in 18 countries, from China to Egypt to Poland to Haiti. These walks, pairing successful career women with younger women and girls, were organized and hosted by alumnae of the Fortune - U.S. State Department Global Women Leaders Mentoring Partnership. This is a program that brings emerging women leaders from developing countries to the U.S. each May to shadow top women execs at companies including IBM (IBM), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), and Xerox (XRX).
With the help of Vital Voices, Fortune has hosted some 200 rising stars from across the globe since we launched the Mentoring Partnership at our MPW Summit in 2006. The big idea is that these women go home and pay it forward. At her Mentor Walk in Uganda, entrepreneur Rehmah Kasule gathered more than 1,500 women and girls. Argentina's walk, hosted in Buenos Aires by six alums of the Fortune - State Department Mentoring program, included one of our mentors: Deborah McWhinney, COO of Citi (C) Enterprise Payments. Many MPW mentors pay it forward too.
In this video, three other MPW mentors—Dina Powell of Goldman Sachs (GS), Solera Capital CEO Molly Ashby, and entrepreneur Tory Burch—and another woman who has been a huge supporter of the Fortune - State Department Mentoring program, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, talk about the value of mentoring women around the world:
By the way, on Tuesday in Silicon Valley, I'll be interviewing another veteran MPW mentor: Yahoo (YHOO) CEO Marissa Mayer. The interview, on stage at Fortune's MPW dinner in Palo Alto, will be Mayer's first time talking to the press since she left Google (GOOG) for the top job at Yahoo last July. Come on back to Postcards and watch the interview with Mayer here on Wednesday.
Leadership, essentially, is about inspiring others to carry on a mission. The leadership opportunity compounds in a connected, viral, global community.
Here's how leadership can spread: In 2006, Fortune and the U.S. State Department launched the Global Women Leaders Mentoring Partnership. Every year since then, we've selected two dozen or more of the best and brightest young women leaders in developing countries and invited them to the U.S. to shadow women MOREPatricia Sellers - Aug 10, 2009 12:43 PM ET
"Betting on the Future." That's the 2009 theme of Fortune's Most Powerful Women, who convened in New York City last evening for a mega-celebration and some very smart conversation. I'm not sure I belong on stage with three superstars under 40: Bank analyst Meredith Whitney, Google's (GOOG) Marissa Mayer, and Goldman Sachs' (GS) Dina Powell. But there I was (at age 49), talking with them them about how they've navigated MOREPatricia Sellers - May 22, 2009 5:30 PM ET
Goldman Sachs' (GS) top women execs hosted a breakfast this morning for the 32 mentees who are participating in this year's Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women Leaders Mentoring Partnership. Dina Powell, Goldman's managing director who heads corporate outreach, was front and center -- appropriately since this mentoring program was her idea. Back in 2005, when she was an assistant Secretary of State working for Condoleezza Rice, she and I hatched MOREPatricia Sellers - May 20, 2009 12:42 PM ET
I'm on the run in Washington, following meetings at the White House yesterday and a spectacular "Most Powerful Women Evening With..." dinner that Fortune hosted on Monday night in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the State Department. We had eight U.S. Senators with us--including our speakers, Senators Barbara Boxer of California and Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas--and scores of women leaders, a touch of royalty (HM Queen Noor, who is MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - Apr 29, 2009 3:25 PM ET
On Friday, I left you with a promise: that I'd find something new and proactive to do to answer President Obama's call to "responsibility"--which seems to be the buzzword of his Administration.
I found my "to do" this weekend--but before I tell you what I decided on, let me share briefly what I spent yesterday working on. Carrie Welch, my onetime Fortune colleague and former Most Powerful Women Summit co-chair, and MOREPatricia Sellers - Mar 2, 2009 2:10 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 MOREPatricia Sellers - Oct 28, 2008 3:05 PM ET
Men think about power vertically -- and focus on rank and status and size. Women think about power horizontally -- it's largely about influence. I know I'm in trouble already. This is a stereotype, indeed. But in more than a decade of asking women leaders -- and the men they work with -- how they define power, I've discovered this to be an remarkably consistent truth. My favorite definition of MOREPatricia Sellers - Jul 10, 2008 10:51 AM ET
Women exercise power horizontally. I've said this often -- in speeches about leadership and at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, an annual event that I chair. This horizontal slant spurs women leaders to reach beyond the jobs they're hired to do.
Want proof? In May, 40 top female executives in the U.S. -- all participants in the Fortune Summit -- spent two and half weeks mentoring rising stars from 24 MOREPatricia Sellers - Jun 12, 2008 2:16 PM ET
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