One woman left a big job at BP (BP) to start a "green" construction company that's disrupting the $7 trillion global building market.
Another woman ended her career in TV production to co-found a tech-centric ticketing business that has sold more than 130 million tickets to events worldwide.
Another woman organized the booming blogger community and created a multi-media company that reaches an audience of 92 million monthly.
These and seven other female founders make up the 2013 class of Fortune Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs.
Looking for builders of innovative, ground-breaking and game-changing startups, Fortune's editors chose these women from this year's pool of more than 100 applicants:
•Sarah Collins, Founder, Natural Balance
•Sari Davidson, CEO and Chief BooginHead, BooginHead
•Ann Hand, CEO, Project Frog
•Julia Hartz, Co-Founder, Eventbrite
•Leila Janah, Founder and CEO, Samasource
•Jules Pieri, Co-Founder and CEO, The Grommet
•Maria Rios, President and CEO, Nation Waste, Inc.
•Lori Steele, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Everyone Counts
•Lisa Stone, Co-Founder and CEO, BlogHer
•Rose Wang, Founder and CEO, Binary Group
This year's 10 MPW Entrepreneurs will be Fortune's guests at the 2013 Most Powerful Women Summit, October 15-17 in Washington, D.C. They'll join 400 other women leaders including Spanx founder Sara Blakely, entrepreneur Tory Burch, Yahoo (YHOO) chief Marissa Mayer, IBM (IBM) CEO GInni Rometty, Facebook (FB) COO Sheryl Sandberg--and Warren Buffett (BRKA). Fortune MPW Entrepreneurs is sponsored by Care.com--whose founder-CEO, Sheila Lirio Marcelo, was an MPWE in 2009.
Christine Quinn, the mayoral candidate contending to become the first woman in charge of New York City, isn't shy about displaying her true self to the public. She proved that this week by disclosing that she battled bulimia and alcoholism for 10 years until entering a rehab clinic at age 26.
That revelation is stunning—particularly in light of what Quinn, 46, said on Monday at the Fortune Most Powerful Women dinner about learning MOREPatricia Sellers - May 15, 2013 11:24 AM ET
FORTUNE -- Marissa Mayer did her first interview since becoming CEO of Yahoo (YHOO) last night. She sat down with me at the Fortune Most Powerful Women dinner in Palo Alto, California.
Here's my colleague Michal Lev-Ram's story about the interview.
And here are two clips of my interview with Mayer:
By the way, even though Mayer was heading home to her two-month-old baby, Macallister, and bound for Washington early this morning to meet MOREPatricia Sellers - Nov 28, 2012 11:42 AM ET
Real power is personal power—what you do beyond your official job description.
As I've come to know the leaders who make up Fortune's Most Powerful Women community, I've embraced this kind of power. It makes work more than a job.
CEOs like Ursula Burns of Xerox (XRX), Tory Burch, Ellen Kullman of DuPont (DD), Marissa Mayer of Yahoo (YHOO), and Pat Woertz of ADM (ADM) are those sorts of leaders who go beyond the call, stretching MOREPatricia Sellers - Aug 9, 2012 1:33 PM ET
Do you know an extraordinary female founder of an emerging global startup?
Or are you--yes, you!--a potential 2012 Fortune Most Powerful Women Entrepreneur?
We 're extending the deadline to Wednesday, August 1, to nominate or apply to be selected as a 2012 Fortune MPW Entrepreneur. We're looking for female entrepreneurs at innovative, game-changing startups, based anywhere in the world, with revenue between $1 million and $25 million. We'll invite our 2012 honorees MOREPatricia Sellers - Jul 24, 2012 12:50 PM ET
The best CEOs, I've learned in my 27 years at Fortune, come to the job with a deep-seated passion and a very personal view of what they want to accomplish.
PepsiCo's Indra Nooyi may be struggling lately. Yes, investors are impatient with her healthy-products strategy, the stock is down, and the Pepsi boss dropped to No. 2 behind Kraft Foods (KFT) CEO Irene Rosenfeld on the 2011 Most Powerful Women list.
But MOREPatricia Sellers - Nov 10, 2011 11:14 AM ET
Of all the super-achieving women we saw at this past week's Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit—CEOs like DuPont's (DD) Ellen Kullman and Hewlett Packard's (HPQ) Meg Whitman, Billie Jean King, and Rosie O'Donnell—Susan Lyne, the chairman of online retailer Gilt Groupe, has crafted one of the most interesting careers of all.
"I always go toward the heat," Lyne said onstage here at the Summit, explaining why she long ago created Premiere magazine MOREPatricia Sellers - Oct 7, 2011 11:15 AM ET
With Meg Whitman nabbing the CEO job at Hewlett-Packard--and the four women at the bottom of this list (below) new to the top job this year--America now has 15 female Fortune 500 CEOs.
Not a number to be proud of, but hey, it's a record and it is progress nonetheless.
Here are the women at the helm--including the rank of their companies on the Fortune 500:
11 Meg Whitman, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ)
39 Pat Woertz, MOREPatricia Sellers - Sep 23, 2011 2:00 PM ET
It was a double hit to Fortune's Most Powerful Women list last Tuesday when Yahoo (YHOO) CEO Carol Bartz and Bank of America's (BAC) Sallie Krawcheck got fired.
Bartz, No. 10 in our 2010 MPW rankings, went out with a bang--as my explosive interview with her, F-bombs included, shows. Meanwhile, Krawcheck, BofA's global wealth management chief and No. 24 on our list, exited without a sound.
I know both women well, and it's worth observing that MOREPatricia Sellers - Sep 12, 2011 9:26 AM ET
When Ursula Burns went to Washington and met with President Obama last Friday, at least two people in the room personified her notion of what leads to great success: "The biggest differentiator is not how you are born," says the Chairman and CEO of Xerox (XRX). "It's how you're influenced throughout your life."
Barack Obama had a remarkable single mother to influence him. As did Burns, who grew up on New MOREPatricia Sellers - Aug 16, 2011 10:55 AM ET
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