by Patricia Sellers
This week in Detroit, where I interviewed Charlene Begley--General Electric's (GE) top-ranking female exec and No. 27 on the Fortune Most Powerful Women list--someone in the audience asked: "When will we see women holding half the CEO positions in Fortune 500 companies?"
Whoa! Begley is hardly a shrinking violet, but she lobbed this one to me. And I replied: "Never ever ever ever."
If you're a regular reader of Postcards, you know my view: that women define power differently, make broader choices than men do, and typically live their lives in chapters. That is, there's a time and a place to pursue various endeavors. Just look at Fortune's former No. 1 MPWomen, who are both retired from business and chasing political dreams. Former eBay (EBAY) chief Meg Whitman is running for governor of California. Carly Fiorina, once CEO of Hewlett-Packard's (HPQ), is in another California race to unseat U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer.
The other U.S. Senator from California, Dianne Feinstein, weighed in on Whitman, Fiorina, and more last week at the Fortune Most Powerful Women dinner in Washington. What does Feinstein think of Meg and Carly vying to expand their business-based power into politics? Basically, that they have very tough challenges ahead. Bear in mind, Whitman and Fiorina are Republicans; Feinstein is a Democrat who has been paying political dues for four decades. Here's what Feinstein said (quite forcefully) after telling me (quite adamantly) that she didn't want to talk about Meg, Carly, or this year's hot races in her home state:
by Patricia Sellers
I'm back from Brazil. Looking forward to filling you in on my whirlwind adventure, where I saw a booming middle-class and lots of opportunity.
But right now, a catch-up on well-known women who moved up and down and over while I was away. Christiane Amanpour's leap to ABC News is big. For perspective, last year at a Fortune Most Powerful Women dinner in New York, Amanpour gave a tribute MOREPatricia Sellers - Mar 22, 2010 1:22 PM ET
Rumors are spreading across the Internet that NBC Universal executive Lauren Zalaznick is headed to MTV.
"There is absolutely no truth to these rumors," says Cameron Blanchard, SVP of communications for NBCU's Women & Lifestyle Entertainment Networks--the unit, including the Bravo network, that Zalaznick oversees.
The response from Viacom (VIAB), MTV's owner: "There's no truth to the rumors," Carole Robinson, EVP of communications for MTV Networks, told me this morning.
How did the MOREPatricia Sellers - Dec 11, 2009 1:57 PM ET
by Patricia Sellers
I told you that NBC Universal (GE) is decorating its "Green is Universal" eco-campaign this week with a strange but cool art project inside 30 Rock. An environmental muralist named Tom Deininger spent all afternoon yesterday inside Studio 8H--the home of Saturday Night Live--with 300-plus inner-city school kids and NBC staffers building a massive wall relief completely out of trash.
That's right. 100% garbage. Used cue cards from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Old cassette tapes MOREPatricia Sellers - Nov 19, 2009 12:58 PM ET
While the top execs at NBC Universal (GE) are consumed with closing their deal to merge into Comcast (CMCSA), they've found a little time to do some good for the planet. You can't miss this week's "Green is Universal" campaign if you watch CNBC (featuring Green Stocks to Watch) or the Tonight Show (Jay Leno races eco-friendly cars in the Ford (F) Green Car Challenge) or Top Chef, where MOREPatricia Sellers - Nov 18, 2009 12:11 PM ET
PepsiCo (PEP) CEO Indra Nooyi, No. 1 on the just-released Fortune Most Powerful Women list, is that company's only exec who made the cut this year. But five other big companies have two women who are high-powered enough for Fortune's rankings. They are: Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Avon (AVP), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), Bank of America (BAC), and Fidelity Investments.
And what is the only company that has three executives on Fortune's 2009 MOREPatricia Sellers - Sep 10, 2009 2:50 PM ET
Seventy of New York's top women in media joined 160 aspiring young women for a "Mentors Walk" in Central Park this morning. It was drizzly and great. NBC Universal (GE) and Step Up Women's Network, a non-profit group all about advancing women and girls, hosted. The Mentor Walk's creator, former Oxygen Media CEO Gerry Laybourne, was there along with J. Crew (JCG) President Tracy Gardner, Bank of America (BAC) Merrill MOREPatricia Sellers - Jun 11, 2009 3:15 PM ET
Defining a brand and sticking to it is always difficult. Particularly in a downturn.
Which is why the success of Bravo - the NBC Universal cable network that serves up food, fashion, beauty, design and pop culture to upscale audiences - is all the more impressive.
This morning, I went to Bravo's "upfront" presentation, where NBCU's Lauren Zalaznick, who built the network, and her team pitched their new season and their growth MOREPatricia Sellers - Apr 14, 2009 1:55 PM ET
"I want to personally congratulate Jeff Zucker and NBCU on their success in the litigation and thank Jeff for resolving this in a professional manner."
-- Producer Harvey Weinstein in a statement Wednesday, ending a six-month battle over Project Runway. Weinstein admits he erred in moving the show from Bravo--owned by General Electric's (GE) NBC Universal--to Lifetime without giving NBCU a shot to keep it. Lifetime reportedly paid $150 million for MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - Apr 2, 2009 5:51 PM ET
Barack Obama's hair is turning gray. The New York Times reported the other day that a President typically ages two years for every year in the job. Thank goodness our new President is only 47 years old. The way things are going right now, I suspect he'll age twice as fast as other Presidents.
We learned this week that things are worse than we thought. General Electric (GE) CEO Jeff Immelt, MOREPatricia Sellers - Mar 6, 2009 1:02 PM ET
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