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Career Advice from Fortune 500’s Most Powerful Women

posted 7 Oct 2011, 12:43 by Ines Wichert   [ updated 7 Oct 2011, 12:45 ]

In it’s 13th year, the Fortune 500 Most Powerful Women’s Summit took place this week in Laguna Niguel, California. A Who is Who of America’s top business women, the summit brings together an impressive list of both senior Fortune 500 women as well as promising entrepreneurs. With this year’s title THE START OF SOMETHING BIG, the event featured four different progamme streams: leadership, global business, innovation & growth, and social good. In addition to the face-to-face conference in California,  many sessions were streamed out live to over 10,000 virtual attendees.

The messages to the next generation of aspiring women leaders were clear – many not new but infused with additional validity coming from these impressive female captains of industry. Here are a few examples:


·         Ginni Rometty SVP at IBM: Growth and comfort don't co-exist. You learn the most when you take risks.

·         Gloria Steinem, Women's Action Alliance: I would have told my younger self not to be so nice; women are too nice!

·         Sheryl Sandberg, COO Facebook advises that women need to keep the foot on the career gas pedal; keep looking for opportunities.

·         Ellen Kullman, Chair and CEO of DuPont commented on the benefits of others holding up a mirror and providing feedback; important to keep growing.

·         Meg Whitman, Chair and CEO of HP: We are all cut out for almost everything we want to do.

·         Sister CEOs, Denise Morrison, CEO Campbell Soup, and Maggie Wilderotter, CEO of Frontier Communications advise: be strategic about your career



Fortune 500 Most Powerful Women Summit 3rd – 5th October 2011, Laguna Niguel, California