Tonight I’ll be at an amazing dinner hosted by Fortune magazine and the State Dept. I’ll be tweeting the festivities from the Benjamin Franklin Room where the dinner is to be held. The FORTUNE/State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership is the focus of the celebration, which was launched in 2006.
Fortune Editor at Large and MPWomen Summit Chair Pattie Sellers will interview U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, with the theme “Building a Legacy.” Focus of the conversation will be how Sen. Feinstein uses her influence to empower the next generation.
It will honor 35 mentees from countries around the world who are participants in this year’s Fortune/U.S. State Department Global Women Leaders Mentoring Partnership. Each woman was nominated by the U.S. Embassy in their home country.
The three-phase program opens with an orientation session in Washington, D.C., where the participants meet with senior women in U.S. government, academia and business. The international participants are then paired with one of FORTUNE’s Most Powerful Women Leaders from companies like Time Inc., Google, Inc., Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., and Exxon Mobil Corp. in cities across the United States. For three weeks, American and international participants work together in mentoring relationships to share the skills and experiences necessary for strengthening women’s leadership. The program concludes in New York City with workshops on media and communication strategies and meetings with senior executives from New York-based companies.
There’s more at Vital Voices.
An impressive roster of women will be attending the dinner tonight:
FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair, U.S. Senators from Maine Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, Illinois Congresswoman Melissa Bean, Deputy Assistant to the President on Economic Policy Diana Farrell, Senior Adviser to the White House Chief of Staff Sarah Feinberg, Chief of Staff to the First Lady Susan Sher, Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs Maria Otero, Ambassador at Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer, Solera Capital CEO Molly Ashby, AXA Equitable EVP Barbara Goodstein, AES EVP Victoria Harker, Skadden Arps Partner Martha McGarry, Time Warner EVP Global Public Policy Carol Melton, Bracewell & Giuliani Senior Principal Susan Molinari, Vital Voices CEO Alyse Nelson, WNBA President Donna Orender, Goldman Sachs Managing Director Dina Powell, Brunswick Group Managing Partner Hilary Rosen, Thomson Reuters EVP Deirdre Stanley, Meet the Press Executive Producer Betsy Fischer, TIME Executive Editor Nancy Gibbs, msnbc’s Norah O’Donnell, ABC’s Claire Shipman, Newsweek’s Lally Weymouth and PBS’s Judy Woodruff, CNN’s Jessica Yellin and Fortune Washington Editor Nina Easton, Fortune Executive Editor Stephanie Mehta.
It should be quite an event.