Leading the Way: Women in 2012

December 5, 2012 - 8:30am - 11:30am | The Washington Post, 1150 15th Street NW
On December 5, Washington Post Live convened exceptional women across diverse fields -- from business to politics to arts. This high profile forum highlighted standouts; leaders in different fields who happen to be women. The forum provided an opportunity for other women, young and old, to hear directly from successful women about their challenges, motivations and thinking.

    Photo highlights

    Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler quips, "The entire Capitol is a man cave!" (Jeff Martin/for The Washington Post)

    • Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler quips, "The entire Capitol is a man cave!"
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    • Olympian figure skater discusses her rigorous training schedule for the olympics.
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    • Sec. Hilda Solis, Department of Labor, says a high school counselor told her she wasn't college material, to take the secretary path.
    • (Jeff Martin/For The Washington Post)
    • Olympian figure skater Michelle Kwan and Marne Levine, VP Global Public Policy, Facebook.
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    • Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler and Marne Levine laugh.
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    • Susan Lyne, CEO and Chairman, Gilt Groupe, discusses her career path.
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    • Marne Levine, VP Global Public Policy, Facebook, says she meandered with purpose throughout her career.
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    • Labor Sec. Hilda Solis laughs while discussing her successful career.
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    • Andrea Mitchell, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent for NBC News, laughs that she's a failed violinist.
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    • Labor Sec. Hilda Solis says women still need to break through the glass ceiling.
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    • Denyce Graves, Mezzo-Soprano Opera Singer, talks about the first time she heard opera.
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    • Susan Lyne, CEO and Chairman, Gilt Groupe, talks of dealing with failure during her career.
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    • Katharine Weymouth, Publisher of the Washington Post, Susan Lyne, CEO and Chairman, Gilt Groupe, and Denyce Graves, Mezzo-Soprano Opera Singer (left to right) at Washington Post Live Women in 2012 Summit.
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    • Denyse Graves talks about losing her voice as an opera singer.
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    • Michelle Kwan says, "I was invincible in some ways"
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    • Nancy Ann DeParle, Deputy Chief of Staff, White House, talks about her favorite parth of healthcare reform.
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    • December 5, 2012 - Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wa) at Washington Post Live Women in 2012 Summit.
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    • December 5, 2012- Mary Jordan, editor of Washington Post Live, Nancy-Ann DeParle, Deputy Chief of Staff to President Obama, Shirley Ann Jackson, President of Rennselaer Polytechnic University, and Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent for NBC News Andrea Mitchell at the Washington Post Live Women in 2012 summit
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    • Andrea Mitchell, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent for NBC News, discusses the evolution of women on TV news.
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    • Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, President, Rennselaer Polytechnic University, talks about collecting live bumble bees as a child.
    • (Jeff Martin/For The Washington Post)

    Video highlights

    Solis told she wasn’t college material, to take secretary path

    Solis told she wasn’t college material, to take secretary path

    Hilda Solis, Secretary of Labor, talks of how a high school counselor discouraged her from going to college and told to set her sights lower.
    Kwan: “I was invincible in some ways”

    Kwan: “I was invincible in some ways”

    Michelle Kwan, Olympian figure skater, discusses the discipline and dedication she had when training for the olympics as a teenager.
    Rep. Herrera Beutler: “The entire Capitol is a man cave”

    Rep. Herrera Beutler: “The entire Capitol is a man cave”

    Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wa) describes her experiences as a woman in politics.
    Marne Levine: I’ve meandered with a sense of purpose

    Marne Levine: I’ve meandered with a sense of purpose

    Marne Levine, VP of Global Public Policy, Facebook, describes her career path - including working at the White House and for Larry Summers.

     

    Jackson recalls career path - from collecting bumble bees to MIT

    Jackson recalls career path - from collecting bumble bees to MIT

    Shirley Ann Jackson, President, Rensellaer Polytechnic Institute, said, “I was told a colored girl should learn a trade [by a professor at MIT].... so I decided I would learn a trade and that would be physics.”
    Nancy-Ann DeParle on her favorite part of the healthcare reform

    Nancy-Ann DeParle on her favorite part of the healthcare reform

    Nancy-Ann DeParle, Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy at the White House, describes her personal experiences that influenced her work on healthcare reform.
    Denyce Graves on listening to Puccini for the first time

    Denyce Graves on listening to Puccini for the first time

    Denyce Graves, mezzo-soprano opera singer, recalls the first time she heard opera music, when she was in high school, and thought “I don’t know what this is, but I would love somehow to be part of this.”
    Susan Lyne describes her career path

    Susan Lyne describes her career path

    Susan Lyne, CEO and Chairman of Gilt Groupe, explains how she made career decisions, saying, “If I could be where change was happening, I would be a happier more challenged person.”
    Solis: Breaking through the glass ceiling is still an issue for women

    Solis: Breaking through the glass ceiling is still an issue for women

    Hilda Solis, Secretary of Labor, says women have to help women out in order to break through the glass ceiling.
    Andrea Mitchell on what it’s like to be a woman on TV

    Andrea Mitchell on what it’s like to be a woman on TV

    Andrea Mitchell, chief foreign affairs correspondent, NBC News, said, “Women of all sizes and descriptions are doing very important on-camera work because they’re smart.”
    Full Interview: Hilda Solis

    Full Interview: Hilda Solis

    Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis talks with Mary Jordan at the Women in 2012 Summit.
    Women in 2012: Panel discussion with DeParle, Jackson, and Mitchell

    Women in 2012: Panel discussion with DeParle, Jackson, and Mitchell

    Nancy-Ann DeParle, White House deputy chief of staff; Shirley Ann Jackson, president, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Andrea Mitchell, chief foreign correspondent, NBC News, spoke on a panel.
    Panel discussion: Katharine Weymouth, Susan Lyne, Denyce Graves

    Panel discussion: Katharine Weymouth, Susan Lyne, Denyce Graves

    Washington Post Publisher Katharine Weymouth moderated a discussion with Susan Lyne, CEO and Chairman of Gilt Groupe, and Denyce Graves, mezzo-soprano opera singer at the Women in 2012 summit.
    Panel: Michelle Kwan, Marne Levine, and Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler

    Panel: Michelle Kwan, Marne Levine, and Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler

    Full panel discussion with Michelle Kwan, Marne Levine, and Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler at Washington Post Live’s Women in 2012 Summit.

    Speakers

    Michelle Kwan

    Michelle Kwan

    Olympian figure skater and Senior Advisor and Public Diplomacy Envoy at the U.S. Department of State

    Andrea Mitchell

    Andrea Mitchell

    Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, NBC News

    Hilda Solis

    Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor

    Cathy Lanier

    Chief of Police, Metropolitan Police Department

    Denyce Graves

    Mezzo-Soprano Opera Singer

    Nancy-Ann DeParle

    Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff, Executive Office of the White House

    Susan Lyne

    CEO and Chairman, Gilt Groupe

    Jaime Herrera Beutler

    Representative, R - WA

    Shirley Ann Jackson

    President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Marne Levine

    Vice President, Global Public Policy, Facebook

    Moderators

    Katharine Weymouth

    Katharine Weymouth

    Publisher, The Washington Post

    Mary Jordan

    Mary Jordan

    Editor, Washington Post Live

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    (LARRY DOWNING / REUTERS)

    Women in 2012 as told in tweets

    Women in 2012 as told in tweets

    Successful women discuss their careers - from collecting live bumble bees to meandering with purpose.