"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.
I recently got a call from Lauren Fleischer, a senior at the University of Pennsylvania and head of Wharton Women. I knew Wharton Women, having once given a talk about leadership and success to this student group. While I had never met Lauren, I was mightily impressed with her as she interviewed me for her research paper on that very topic -- leadership and success. In fact, I told her MOREPatricia Sellers - May 16, 2011 1:13 PM ET
by Patricia Sellers
The takeaway was pretty discouraging this week when Fortune and recruiting giant Heidrick & Struggles (HSII) co-hosted a discussion on women and boards.
The participants -- members of the Fortune Most Powerful Women community convening in Washington, D.C. -- came up with lots of reasons that "corporate boards get a D for diversity" (the title of my Postcard on Monday). Such as: the club-like culture of boards, the white MOREPatricia Sellers - May 5, 2011 10:16 AM ET
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