After Senator Susan Collins and IMF chief Christine Lagarde kicked off the 2013 Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit in Washington D.C. Tuesday night with grim views of the dangers of the U.S. government shutdown, actress Glenn Close lightened the mood in high style. Taking the MPW Summit stage to disclose that she's venturing into a new phase of her career, Close announced the formation of a new musical act: "The Bunny Boiler and the Low Bidder," she said. Fans of her iconic thriller Fatal Attraction got the "bunny boiler" reference. Who is the "low bidder"? Warren Buffett,. The billionaire Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA) CEO who walked onto the Summit stage to perform two duets with his longtime pal Glenn.
Buffett and Close brought down the house, as Facebook COO (FB) Sheryl Sandberg led 400 women leaders in a standing ovation.
With this year's theme Breakthroughs in Leadership, the MPW Summit promises no more groundbreaking musical acts. But starting Wednesday morning and running until noon on Thursday, the program includes IBM (IBM) chief Ginni Rometty (No. 1 on the 2013 Fortune MPW list), Yahoo (YHOO) CEO Marissa Mayer, Xerox (XRX) CEO Ursula Burns Lockheed Martin (LMT) chief Marillyn Hewson, General Motors (GM) EVP Mary Barra, Spanx founder Sara Blakely, entrepreneur Tory Burch, tennis legend Martina Navratilova, swimmer Diana Nyad...as well as Sandberg and Buffett.
The Summit is by invitation only, but you can watch interviews with all these leaders and see all the main-stage sessions livestreamed here.
Click here to see the Fortune MPW Summit agenda.
Full MPW Summit sessions will be available on demand on the Fortune YouTube channel.
The definitive guide to Fortune's 2013 Most Powerful Women lists, magazine stories and online extras.
Since we released Fortune's 2013 Most Powerful Women list Thursday morning, it's been hard to keep up with the many lists, charts and stories about the world's preeminent women leaders. Here's where you can find all our MPW content:
Click here to visit the homepage for Fortune Most Powerful Women. You'll see the U.S. MPW list, the MOREPatricia Sellers - Oct 11, 2013 4:52 PM ET
Fortune's Most Powerful Women list has changed dramatically over 15 years. New stars have emerged. And for the first time, the most famous superstar didn't make the cut.
When Fortune published its first Most Powerful Women in Business list in 1998, there was Carly Fiorina at the top and not a huge amount of power underneath.
Relatively speaking, that is.
That 1998 Fortune MPW list included just two Fortune 500 CEOs: Jill Barad MOREPatricia Sellers - Oct 10, 2013 4:56 PM ET
Women in technology top the Fortune Most Powerful Women list. Sheryl Sandberg and Marissa Mayer move up. Meg Whitman slips. Who's No. 1? IBM rules again.
Ginni Rometty is Fortune's 2013 Most Powerful Woman in Business. The (IBM) chairman and CEO, who took charge at the start of 2012, takes the No. 1 spot on the MPW list for the second year in a row.
PepsiCo (PEP) CEO Indra Nooyi retains her MOREPatricia Sellers - Oct 10, 2013 9:00 AM ET
The star of the movie Jobs lights up Twitter and YouTube with an inspiring speech that evokes not only Apple's late CEO but also Sheryl Sandberg and her Lean In lessons.
Is Ashton Kutcher the new male version of Sheryl Sandberg?
When the star of the new Steve Jobs bio-pic took the stage of the Teen Choice Awards to accept the "Ultimate Choice Award" last Sunday, he delivered a talk that evoked MOREPatricia Sellers - Aug 23, 2013 2:23 PM ET
Bond investor Mohamed El-Erian learns firsthand how to handle gender stereotypes.
FORTUNE -- Ever since Mohamed El-Erian, the CEO and co-CIO of bond giant PIMCO, told me that he read sections of Facebook (FB) COO Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In to his 10-year-old daughter, I pegged him as an evolved guy. El-Erian wrote a terrific piece for Fortune.com about why executives should read Sandberg's best-seller. Since then, he has peppered my in-box MOREPatricia Sellers - Aug 8, 2013 8:35 AM ET
Maybe Sheryl Sandberg really is building a new feminist movement.
Following the Facebook (FB) COO's PR extravaganza around her best-seller Lean In, the first mega-mover and shaker to join the conversation about women and work was Warren Buffett. The Berkshire Hathaway (BRKA) chief wrote an enlightening essay in the Fortune 500 issue, did his first-ever interview about women (with me), and joined Twitter to help spread his word globally.
This week, Sallie MOREPatricia Sellers - May 17, 2013 2:02 PM ET
Guest Post by Amanda Pouchot, co-founder, The Levo League
A friend recently told me about a male colleague; he joined her company one month after she arrived. "He's asking for a $10,000 dollar raise tomorrow at our performance review," she griped. "I can't believe he's doing that. I just can't imagine asking for a raise after only being here for seven months."
Today is Equal Pay Day, which marks how far into MOREFortune Editors - Apr 9, 2013 1:54 PM ET
When Carolyn Everson, Facebook's (FB) VP of global marketing solutions, confronted a management void in Europe, she opted to fix the problem herself. She moved her family--husband Doug and twin daughters--from New Jersey to London.
Now Everson is on the ground for six months, fortifying the European business, visiting international advertisers, and helping in the hunt for a new leader for the region. Last evening, during a quick trip home (she's MOREPatricia Sellers - Mar 28, 2013 2:55 PM ET
Here's a workplace dilemma: How does a male boss mentor a woman in a world where 64% of men are afraid to be in a room alone with a female employee?
Ken Chenault has no fear. "You've got to develop relationships. You can't do things just in a formal context," says the American Express (AXP) CEO, who promotes informal mentoring at his company.
Here's Chenault and Facebook (FB) COO Sheryl Sandberg talking with me MOREPatricia Sellers - Mar 27, 2013 10:42 AM ET
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