Goldman Sachs (GS) CEO Lloyd Blankfein was one of the few men in attendance Monday night for the opening of the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit. He had a special role to play: Presenting $25,000 to each of the two recipients of this year's Goldman Sachs-Fortune Global Women Leaders Award.
The award recognizes women from developing countries for making a difference in their own communities, using the skills, knowledge and experience gained as participants in two special mentoring & education programs.
One of the honorees is Brigitte Dzogbenuku, who runs a sports program for girls in Ghana. In 2007 Dzogbenuku was mentored by WNBA president Donna Orender as part of the Fortune-U.S. State Department Global Mentoring Partnership. The program pairs rising-star women from developing countries with participants from the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit for a month-long mentoring program each year.
The other recipient, Penelope Machipi, helps manage a computer center for girls in Zambia. As part of a women's film-making group, she also aspires to make documentaries educating women like her about their rights. Machipi is an alum of Goldman Sachs' 10,0000 Women program: In March 2008, Goldman committed $100 million to provide a business education to 10,000 women over the next five years. Goldman employees also help mentor and train the women. For more on Machipi's inspiring story of triumph, check out this piece in the Financial Times.
Hillary Clinton, who has been under the radar lately, spoke at the Council on Foreign Relations in D.C. this afternoon. I listened in by phone.
She talked tough about Iran. She announced a fall trip to Pakistan. She highlighted "smart power," defining it as "the intelligent use of all means at our disposal, including our ability to convene and connect." And she spoke passionately about women: "Until women around the world MOREPatricia Sellers - Jul 15, 2009 3:44 PM ET
Last week, Rica Rwigamba attended a meeting with Starbucks (SBUX) CEO Howard Schultz at the U.S. embassy in Rwanda. Rica lives in Kigali, Rwanda's capital, where she is co-owner and director of New Dawn Associates, a "responsible tourism" and event management company. Rica is also a participant in the 2009 Fortune-U.S. State Department Global Women Leaders Mentoring Partnership, an extension of the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit. Through this mentoring MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - Jul 8, 2009 1:57 PM ET
Gerri Elliott, one of Microsoft's (MSFT) star execs, left the company early this year to spend more time with her family. Yes, seriously to spend time with her family. As I wrote in January, her departure was a major loss for Microsoft, according to senior executives there, and it was also a case of a powerful woman asking, "Why kill myself and miss my kids growing up?"
Now Elliott, who spent 22 years MOREPatricia Sellers - Jun 23, 2009 3:38 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
Where in the world is Gerry Laybourne? Last we heard, she sold Oxygen Media for almost $1 billion to General Electric's (GE) NBC Universal. The media-industry icon, who had built Viacom's (VIAB) Nickelodeon before creating Oxygen, has been notably quiet since her mega-sale in the fall of 2007.
In fact, I didn't know what Laybourne was up to until last week, when I ended up at her apartment on the Upper MOREPatricia Sellers - May 26, 2009 3:33 PM ET
"Make sure the people closest to the problem do the talking."
-- Geraldine Laybourne, founder of Oxygen Media, which she sold to NBC Universal (GE) for close to $1 billion in 2007. On Wednesday Laybourne hosted mentees from the Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women Leaders Mentoring Partnership at her home in Manhattan for a lively discussion about a range of topics -- from why there is so little international news MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - May 20, 2009 6:55 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
"In every culture we care too much about what others think. That's what the women's movement was about, creating a community that allows you to articulate what you want. But you will always face the challenges of others' expectations."
--Anne-Marie Slaughter, director of policy planning at the U.S. State Department during a gathering on Monday. Slaughter and several other women leaders from the State Department met with 32 rising stars from MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - Apr 28, 2009 6:28 PM ET
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