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.
In a Fortune exclusive, the fashion entrepreneur speaks after resolving her legal battle with her ex-husband and bringing in two major new investors.
With no formal education in fashion, no MBA and just $1 million of her own capital, Tory Burch started selling "affordable luxury" in 2004 and built a business now worth billions.
But the golden girl of the fashion industry recently experienced "every entrepreneur's nightmare"--as I called her company's partnership MOREPatricia Sellers - Jan 22, 2013 12:12 PM ET
The real power of Fortune Most Powerful Women is the community's reach and influence around the world.
And there's no better testament to this than the Mentor Walks that took place this month in 18 countries, from China to Egypt to Poland to Haiti. These walks, pairing successful career women with younger women and girls, were organized and hosted by alumnae of the Fortune - U.S. State Department Global Women Leaders MOREPatricia Sellers - Nov 26, 2012 11:36 AM ET
Fortune's editors have chosen the 2011 Fortune Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs. From a pool of 131 applicants, we've selected (not easily) 10 extraordinary innovators, game-changers and groundbreakers whose startups generated $1 million to $25 million in annual revenue last year--but appear poised to become large and global businesses.
That is, these women could be on the Fortune Most Powerful Women in Business list someday. (This year's U.S. and international rankings will MOREPatricia Sellers - Sep 13, 2011 1:28 PM ET
FORTUNE-- We're extending the deadline to apply to be one of Fortune's 10 Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs. The new deadline is August 1. We're reaching out worldwide to find the most innovative, game-changing female entrepreneurs whose companies brought in $1 million to $25 million in the last fiscal year. We'll invite the 10 winners to the 2011 Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, October 3-5 in Laguna Niguel, California.
We started MPW MOREPatricia Sellers - Jul 20, 2011 11:40 AM ET
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
Entrepreneurs not only drive economic recovery but also create better ways for us to do everyday things. Howard Schultz improved the way we drink coffee. Reed Hastings enhanced our at-home movie viewing. Steve Jobs beautified computers and the ways we use them.
The 2010 Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs are not necessarily building the next Starbucks (SBUX) or Netflix (NFLX) or Apple (AAPL). But who knows? Everyone can dream, and MOREPatricia Sellers - Sep 27, 2010 2:04 PM ET
by Patricia Sellers
This year's Most Powerful Women "Evening With..." dinner in New York featured the theme "Building a Legacy" and my conversation with two women who have done exactly that: CNN vet Christiane Amanpour and former Xerox (XRX) chairman and CEO Anne Mulcahy. Another highlight of the evening was the mentor tributes: Fortune MPWomen talked about the greatest mentor who helped lead them to success.
Fashion entrepreneur Tory Burch did one MOREPatricia Sellers - May 27, 2010 12:32 PM ET
by Tory Burch, co-founder and creative director, Tory Burch LLC
After working in public relations for Ralph Lauren (RL) and Vera Wang, Tory Burch started her own company in 2004 as a lifestyle concept with multiple product categories including ready-to-wear, handbags, shoes and jewelry. Her products are now sold in 19 freestanding Tory Burch boutiques across the U.S., http://www.toryburch.com, two outlets, and 450 department and specialty stores worldwide. In July, Mexico-based MOREPatricia Sellers - Sep 17, 2009 1:53 PM ET
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