"We like difficult."
- Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, explaining why she and her husband -- who is no longer full-time at Microsoft (MSFT) -- chose to tackle the world's most intractable problems. These problems include U.S. education. Click here to watch a video highlight of my interview with Melinda Gates last week at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit. She and Bill initially were "naive," she says, believing that if they invested in 10% of schools across the U.S., they'd make major strides in fixing education. Wrong. The Gates Foundation now puts its billions to work not just in schools but in education at the district, state and national levels. I profiled Melinda Gates in a Fortune cover story in January -- her first-ever profile. Click here to read more about Melinda and Bill and their partner in giving away billions, Warren Buffett.
"Don't think of your career as being about balance within each phase, but across phases. When you think about having it all worked out within one phase, it gets very stressful. You look for that day of perfect balance, and it just never exists. I say, think of your career in phases. And be patient, because you never know what phase is coming."
-- Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, President, Asia Pacific and MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - Aug 14, 2008 5:43 PM ET
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 reflect 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 MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - Jul 17, 2008 4:20 PM ET
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