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 on the gala, click here.
Scenes from the party...
"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
"The important thing that we're focused on is the "open for business" message. A lot is going on that's impacting confidence, but business is happening, and consumers need to realize that credit is still available."
--Barbara Desoer, Bank of America's (BAC) mortgage chief, from "The Colvin Interview" in the current issue of Fortune. Desoer, who is No. 27 on Fortune's 2008 Most Powerful Women in business list, oversees the biggest collection MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - Nov 11, 2008 6:15 PM ET
"It's a can-do spirit with a must-do responsibility that together generate great results."
- PepsiCo (PEP) chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit earlier this month. Nooyi is No. 1 on Fortune's 2008 Most Powerful Women list. PepsiCo reports earnings Tuesday morning.Patricia Sellers - Oct 13, 2008 7:58 PM ET
"The price of inaction is much higher than the price of making a mistake."
-- Meg Whitman, who was CEO of eBay (EBAY) from 1998 until she retired this past March. Whitman said this at the 1999 Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit while speaking on a panel about the future of the Internet with Morgan Stanley (MS) tech analyst Mary Meeker and Joy Covey, then CFO of Amazon.com (AMZN). The panel MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - Oct 1, 2008 8:26 PM ET
Greetings from Southern California! We're here for Fortune's 10th annual Most Powerful Women Summit which, even with all that turmoil across the global markets, is drawing the heaviest hitters in business, starting with Warren Buffett and Lloyd Blankfein.
The world's greatest investor and the Goldman Sachs (GS) CEO will be at our opening dinner tonight. It's a crazy coincidence since we invited these two men (our first time inviting men) months ago. Then, last week, the MOREPatricia Sellers - Oct 1, 2008 1:57 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
No sooner did we unveil Fortune's 2008 Most Powerful Women in Business rankings than the ground shifted beneath two women on the list. Terri Dial, No. 47, is CEO of the U.S. consumer bank at Citigroup (C). With Citi's deal to buy Wachovia, annnounced this morning, she will be in charge of the largest retail banking system in the U.S., with 4,300 branches and a 9.8% market share of deposits.
It's MOREPatricia Sellers - Sep 29, 2008 3:26 PM ET
"I've always felt that if I ever had to use my power--the power that came with my position and title--in a more overt way, rather than just having it there in the background, then I would have failed somehow."
--Jami Miscik, global head of sovereign risk at Lehman Brothers (LEH), offered her take on power last evening at a Fortune Most Powerful Women dinner in Chicago. Miscik, whom Pattie Sellers profiled MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - Sep 12, 2008 5:17 PM ET
"Know the moments when you have to step up on stage and lead the troops and be a person that people look up to. And then be the one who is the ember to everyone else's flame. That's when you're an effective leader -- when you learn to balance both roles."
--Christine Day, CEO of lululemon athletica (LULU), at Fortune's Most Powerful Women dinner in San Francisco in July. Day recalled MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - Sep 11, 2008 2:53 PM ET
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