The Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit packed in famous names and exclusive interviews on Tuesday.
Kraft Foods CEO Irene Rosenfeld talked strategy on the day she split her business into two new companies.
Stay tuned to Postcards and visit this MPW site for highlights, videos and stories from the Summit, which continues today. You can watch the main-stage sessions, starting at 8:45 a.m. PST and listed on the Summit agenda, by registering here. It's all free.
Meantime, here are five of my favorite quotes from yesterday's MPW Summit sessions:
"Never love something so much you can't let go of it."
- IBM CEO Ginni Rometty on the reinvention that is essential for long-term success
"As a woman, I don't have to tell you that size is not everything."
- Irene Rosenfeld on splitting Kraft and now running Mondalez International (MDLZ), a $36 billion-a-year part of the $54 whole.
"Changing culture is not a sprint. It's a marathon."
- Carol Bartz's advice to Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer. Here's a video clip of me interviewing Bartz.
"You have to be awesome with your flaws, the things that aren't exactly perfect."
- Coca-Cola (KO) SVP Wendy Clark on building a social media mega-brand, with authenticity.
More highlights! Lena Dunham, the star and creator of HBO's Girls, was charming and funny as she talked about next-gen power and her show's critics with CNN's Soledad O'Brien.
And my conversation with former Sara Lee CEO (HSH) Brenda Barnes and her daughter, Erin, touched and brought some tears to the MPW audience. Barnes had a major stroke in 2010, and Erin quit her job to help her mom recover. "The Rehabilitation of Brenda Barnes" is in the current issue of Fortune. Stay tuned here on Postcards for more on a video clip of our conversation at the Summit.
The biggest news about the 2011 Fortune Most Powerful Women list is that we have a new No. 1: Kraft Foods (KFT) CEO Irene Rosenfeld bumped PepsiCo's (PEP) Indra Nooyi to the No. 2 spot.
But when I went on CNBC this morning to reveal the new rankings, the Squawk Box anchors seemed most interested in who fell off our top 50 Power list. First and foremost to leave the list: MOREPatricia Sellers - Sep 29, 2011 12:09 PM ET
The 2011 Fortune Most Powerful Women list will be announced on September 29. Meantime, a few stars on the 2010 MPW list are on Fortune's Executive Dream Team--a fantasy all-star lineup of managers, selected by Fortune editors with assists from recruiters and other business know-it-alls.
I use the term know-it-all with endearment because the selections, revealed today, are good. The non-executive chair of choice: Anne Mulcahy, the former CEO of Xerox MOREPatricia Sellers - Aug 22, 2011 3:55 PM ET
This is a great summer for powerful women.
There are the obvious victories, like Christine Lagarde grabbing the reigns of the International Monetary Fund after Dominque Strauss-Kahn's tumultuous fall from grace.
And then there are the successes that you won't read about in the tabloids. Two Fortune 500 companies, Sempra Energy (SRE) and Guardian Life, promoted women to CEO this past month--Debra Reed and Deanna Mulligan, respectively. Campbell Soup (CPB), named Denise MOREColleen Leahey, Reporter - Jul 12, 2011 2:30 PM ET
by Patricia Sellers
Delivering a talk on Women and Power in Princeton on Thursday night, I tossed out a term that the crowd really liked: Raise the roof!
As I told the 400 people gathered at the YWCA "Tribute to Women" dinner, the "glass ceiling" concept is out of date--and let's rethink how far corporate women have come.
Not that bias against female managers has gone away--far from it, as I've written right MOREPatricia Sellers - Mar 7, 2011 7:34 AM ET
by Patricia Sellers
Here we are in 2011, and how odd is it that only a dozen Fortune 500 companies have female CEOs?
This despite plenty of evidence that placing women in key positions pays off for investors.
Maybe it's coincidental -- at least it's worth noting -- that two of the Dow 30 companies that delivered the best stock-market gains in 2010 are run by women.
One is Dupont (DD), whose CEO, Ellen MOREPatricia Sellers - Jan 4, 2011 11:07 AM ET
By Patricia Sellers
The 2010 Fortune Most Powerful Women list is out!
You can check out the entire MPWomen package here.
This includes the full ranking of 50 MPWomen in U.S. Business, our D.C. Power List and more.
PepsiCo (PEP) CEO Indra Nooyi is No. 1 on our U.S. list for the fifth year in a row. Kraft Foods' (KFT) Irene Rosenfeld is right behind her, at No. 2.
I went on CNBC's Squawk Box MOREPatricia Sellers - Sep 29, 2010 12:56 PM ET
Rarely does a rebuff from Warren Buffett do so much good. Kraft Foods (KFT) stock rose 4.9% yesterday after the Oracle of Omaha, whose Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA) is Kraft's largest shareholder, voted against an issuance of 370 million shares to help finance a Cadbury (CBY) acquisition. Cadbury fell, on the logic that Buffett, by tightening the leash on Kraft CEO Irene Rosenfeld, is preventing her from sweetening the price for MOREPatricia Sellers - Jan 6, 2010 3:52 PM ET
"At the end of a day the performance of a company like Kraft has everything to do with the quality of the people that we have in the key roles and so I spend most of my time worrying about whether that's the case, making sure...we have the right people in the right places, that they have the resources that they need to get the job done."
-- Kraft (KFT) CEO MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - May 5, 2009 6:57 PM ET
We've spent the last three months slicing and dicing the accomplishments and career histories of the most powerful women in business -- far too many facts and figures to fit into our Most Powerful Women package in the magazine. Here are 10 intriguing facts that we couldn't find space for in print:
Youngest woman to ever appear on the list: Marissa Mayer, VP of Search and User Experience at Google (GOOG). MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - Sep 30, 2008 12:11 PM ET
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