Cathy Martine, Executive Vice President of Small Business Solutions for AT&T discusses how this conference has inspired her and how innovation is leading the charge in transforming and growing small businesses.
AT&T’s Senior EVP & Global Marketing Officer Cathy Coughlin discusses the intersection of technology and innovation at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit. #mpw
Today at the #fortuneMPWS U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton talked about the importance of mentoring. In her discussions she highlighted her part in creating the TechWomen Program, which provides mentorship opportunities for women working in technology in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, the West Bank and Gaza - matching them with their counterparts in the United States. She went on to say talk about the importance of technology in making closed societies more open.
Delegate: Judith Lichtman, senior advisor, National Partnership for Women & Families
A women’s advocacy organization that focuses on work and health issues for women and their families.
The thing that I take away from the conference is a combination of things speakers have said – from Melody Barns in her position as a senior policy person at the Whitehouse discussing how education being the key to our economic security going forward. To Warren Buffett talking about the need to invest in each of us and his real worry about the disparity between the haves and have-nots. A different take on the exact same problem. I’m struck by the consensus and need as a nation to invest in our children, and the extent to which they are our legacy.
ExxonMobil’s Lauren Dohrer discusses the company’s commitment to fostering good mentors to help promote math and science careers among young women.
The Legacy of Leadership
Most people have an inherent desire to leave a mark. To do something that says, “I was here.” That desire is present at the Most Powerful Women’s Summit, and The Gap is collecting the words of the women leaders present at the conference with the hope that those words will leave a mark on and inspire others.
Betsy Johnson, VP of Gap International said that the intent is to pull the expression of legacy, “into a (word) cloud that represents their collective impact on the world.” And the hope is that people understand that everyone can make a difference and have an impact.
One delegate wrote:
“The legacy I intend to leave is that of a woman who leveraged on her opportunities and created pathways for Nigerian youth to reach their full potential. Our education sector will change because of me ….”
MPWS Day 1 Recap/Day 2 Preview: Day one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit saw a preview appearance by Warren Buffet and a dinner discussion with Nancy Pelosi who spoke about leadership and legacy. Tomorrow, the conference gets into full swing with discussions on jobs, education, globalization and competition and wraps up with an evening address by President Barack Obama. Follow the discussions on Twitter through the #MPW hashtag, and look for video interviews with some of the delegates.
This week women leaders from business, industry, philanthropy, government, education and the arts will meet in Washington, D.C. to share ideas related to leadership, entrepreneurship, reputation, mentoring and leaving a legacy for future generations. We’ll follow the discussions from the inside, posting interviews and insights from the conference. Find more about the conference, the speakers and participants here:http://www.fortuneconferences.com/mpws/