Last night was Fortune magazine’s dinner for its “Most Powerful Women,” and it was a gathering of some of the most accomplished women in their fields. Among the leaders were Xerox CEO Ursula Burns, Wal-Mart Chief People Officer Susan Chambers, and Google VP Marissa Mayer. Also in attendance at the star-studded affair were Fortune‘s managing editor Andy Serwer, Chelsea Clinton, pictured right, Barbara Bush, Barbara Walters, and Meredith Whitney.
The key purpose of the event was not just to honor these female leaders in the field, but to introduce 26 younger women, all of whom are rising stars in developing nations, and who are currently being mentored in a global program that Fortune runs in partnership with the U.S. State Department.
The headline interview was between Patricia Sellers and Ursula Burns about Burns’ amazing journey from being an intern at Xerox to ultimately its CEO, making her the first black female CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Her advice to the mentees? “Do what you love.”