In every successful career there is a moment: You could quit. But you resist, wisely.
For Andrea Jung, the chairman and CEO of Avon Products (AVP), this moment happened right after college, when she was in the management training program at Bloomingdale's. All day everyday, there she was in the stockroom, switching vendor hangers for store hangers on thousands of pieces of clothes. "I remember calling my parents around Thanksgiving and MOREPatricia Sellers - Aug 9, 2011 2:20 PM ET
FORTUNE -- As the most powerful woman in children's television, Anne Sweeney meets a lot of girls who wish they were Selena Gomez or Miley Cyrus or tomorrow's superstar.
But Sweeney insists that she sees plenty of accomplished women in business who do that very same thing.
"I see a lot of women of every age trying to be something else," says Sweeney, the co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of MOREPatricia Sellers - Jul 19, 2011 2:34 PM ET
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is going on the Disney (DIS) board. Smart move for her. And smart move for Disney CEO Bob Iger and his fellow directors.
Sandberg, 40, is super-smart and supremely connected, having worked her way from Harvard to the World Bank to the U.S. Treasury--where she worked for then-Secretary Larry Summers--to Google (GOOG), where she was the top-ranked woman exec. She moved to Facebook early last year. And MOREPatricia Sellers - Dec 23, 2009 6:32 PM ET
There comes a fork in every career. Should I do this or do that?
Charting a successful career was the topic on Tuesday at Wal-Mart (WMT), where the company's female officers staged a "Fortune Most Powerful Women" event and I interviewed two stars of the 2009 MPWomen rankings: Wal-Mart EVP of People Susan Chambers and Xerox (XRX) CEO Ursula Burns.
Their bios tell the paths they chose. More inspiring and instructive, as MOREPatricia Sellers - Oct 15, 2009 2:40 PM ET
Ever since she stormed into Yahoo (YHOO) as its new CEO in January, Carol Bartz has been adamant that the company needs to simplify and define itself. What is Yahoo? "We're not a search company. We're not just a social media company. We're not just a content company. We're really the center of people's online lives," she told Fortune managing editor Andy Serwer in an on-stage interview at the MOREPatricia Sellers - Sep 28, 2009 2:06 PM ET
The ouster of Bank of America's (BAC) chief risk officer, Amy Brinkley, was inevitable, as I wrote in "Behind the shakeup at BofA" on Friday.
And as I mentioned in that piece, two years ago, Fortune featured Brinkley and five other execs in "One Step Away," about rising-star Most Powerful Women on track to be CEOs of Fortune 500 companies someday. So what's happened to the other five?
One woman made it MOREPatricia Sellers - Jun 8, 2009 12:31 PM ET
Fortune Most Powerful Women gathered for a blow-out celebration in May. We kicked off our 2009 MPWomen's Summit theme, Betting on the Future, with a panel discussion with Google's (GOOG) Marissa Mayer, Goldman Sachs' (GS) Dina Powell, and Meredith Whitney, the influential bank-industry analyst. Also part of the evening: 32 rising star women leaders from 23 developing countries -- participants in the 2009 Fortune-U.S. State Department Mentoring Partnership. For more MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - Jun 3, 2009 6:07 PM ET
We're all looking for inspiration these days, aren't we? Not to be Pollyannish, but I'm jazzed following a dinner that I attended last evening. It was organized by Joan Amble, the EVP and corporate comptroller of American Express (AXP), and Skadden Arps partner Martha McGarry. These two women convened two dozen women who participate in Fortune's Most Powerful Women Summit. Terri Dial, the CEO of Citigroup's (C) U.S. Consumer Bank, MOREPatricia Sellers - Mar 19, 2009 12:57 PM ET
Carly Fiorina topped Fortune's Most Powerful Women list for seven years, from its launch in 1998 (when she was heading the biggest division at Lucent Technologies) until 2004, shortly before she was fired from the CEO position at Hewlett-Packard (HPQ). The news broke today that Fiorina, 54, was diagnosed with breast cancer on February 20 and underwent surgery yesterday at Stanford Hospital.
The buzz around Washington and California lately is that MOREPatricia Sellers - Mar 3, 2009 3:55 PM ET
Sue Decker is leaving Yahoo (YHOO). The news broke Tuesday afternoon just as Yahoo announced that its board has chosen former Autodesk (ADSK) chief Carol Bartz as the company's new CEO. As Yahoo's president, Decker was the lone Yahoo insider who was a strong candidate in the CEO search. And she wanted the job. But Yahoo's poor performance and her loyalty to outgoing chief Jerry Yang damaged her reputation too MOREPatricia Sellers - Jan 13, 2009 6:01 PM ET
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