"Leaders must role model what GREAT looks like."
In her comments at the "Fortune Most Powerful Women Evening With..." dinner in New York City Tuesday night McKinsey & Co. 's Joanna Barsh was talking about the importance of corporate women leaders helping middle managers. But her comments helped set the tone for the evening, which also recognized a group of international rising stars who have been mentored by some of the most powerful female executives in U.S. business.
Barsh's comments--she serves as a leader of McKinsey's consumer packaged goods and organization practices--kicked off a star-studded evening that included such high powered guests as Xerox (XRX) CEO Ursula Burns, Frontier Communications (FTR) CEO Maggie Wilderotter and financial analyst Meredith Whitney, media stalwarts Barbara Walters, Sandra Lee, and Martha Stewart --and two daughters of former U.S. Presidents: Chelsea Clinton and Barbara Bush.
by Leigh Gallagher, Fortune Senior Editor
Why do women lag men on Fortune's 40 Under 40 list of the most influential rising stars in business? Yesterday we delved into this question and shared insights from two experts: Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and McKinsey director Joanna Barsh. Sandberg's and Barsh's opinions provoked some interesting comments, including one from David in New York City, who declared that women "have all the brains and MOREPatricia Sellers - Oct 27, 2009 1:03 PM ET
Just look at Fortune's annual Most Powerful Women list to see the strides of women in business: Today an executive, to make the cut, generally needs to oversee some $6 billion in revenue, vs. about $1 billion 11 years ago when we launched the list. Still, the debate rages about why women aren't moving up the ranks faster. My theory: Women tend to view power horizontally and live their lives MOREPatricia Sellers - Oct 26, 2009 12:46 PM ET
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