Postcards

How the power players do it - by Fortune senior editor at large Patricia Sellers

Most Powerful Women: The next generation

July 18, 2008: 12:05 PM ET

We're expanding our Most Powerful Women coverage this year to spotlight rising stars whom we think have a good chance to be on our annual list someday. I'll be interviewing three of them at an upcoming MPWomen dinner in San Francisco.

Fortune reporter Jessica Shambora, who is handling the MPWomen list research this year, asked our three panelists for their definition of power. Their responses reflected common themes around the ability to choose and to make an impact.

"Power is having the freedom to choose."

-- Christine Day, 46, CEO, lululemon athletica (LULU). Day spent 20 years at Starbucks (SBUX) before joining lululemon in January.

"Those with true power share the ability to influence, inspire and, ultimately, lead people to pursue a common goal and vision."

-- Stephanie Tilenius, 41, senior vice president and general manager, eBay North America (EBAY).

"Power is about control, and is at best temporary. It'sĀ better to be powerful -- to have an enduring belief in your abilities and your possibility for impact."

-- Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, 38, president, Asia-Pacific & Latin America Operation, Google (GOOG).

We look forward to talking with them more next week!

P.S. Fortune hosted a MPWomen dinner in New York in May featuring a panel on leadership. The panelists included Ursula Burns, president of Xerox (XRX); Andrea Jung, CEO of Avon (AVP); and Ann Moore, CEO of Time Inc.

Click here to watch video of the leaders reflecting on their experiences traveling and working abroad.

Click here to watch video of the leaders discussing what it took to get to the corner office and stay there.

Click here to watch video of the leaders sharing stories about their mentors.

Fortune's Most Powerful Women
Fortune's Most Powerful Women For the latest on the most influential women in business, philanthropy, government, and the arts, like us on Facebook.
Guest Posts
Fortune Most Powerful Women Fortune Most Powerful Women The rolodex that redefined power
Profile in The Washington Post
Sheryl Sandberg: Sheryl Sandberg: Don't leave before you leave
COO of Facebook
Wendy Clark Wendy Clark Exec learns firsthand how the homeless live
SVP of the Global Sparkling Brand Center at Coca-Cola
Video
Marissa Mayer's 3 biggest decisions as Yahoo CEO With company stock up over 100% since she began running the company 16 months ago, Mayer reflects on her choices to date. Watch
Chelsea Clinton on running for office: 'I don't know' The vice chairman of the Clinton Foundation talks about her diverse career path and growing up in the spotlight. Watch
MPWomen go Global

The Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women Leaders Mentoring Partnership brings rising-star women from countries around the world to the U.S. for three-week mentorships with participants of the annual Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit - among them Ursula Burns of Xerox, Laura Lang of Time Inc., Marissa Mayer of Yahoo, and Tory Burch.

Read more

Current Issue
  • Give the gift of Fortune
  • Get the Fortune app
  • Subscribe
Powered by WordPress.com VIP.