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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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).
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Evelyn Lauder, who died of complications from non-genetic ovarian cancer on Saturday, had a swarm of close friends throughout her life. Yet many close friends who attended her funeral today did not have a clue that she would die so soon.
Classic Evelyn. "It was never about her. It was always about you," Liz Robbins, a prominent Washington lobbyist, told me this morning over breakfast before she headed to the invitation-only MOREPatricia Sellers - Nov 14, 2011 1:22 PM ET
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