Washington, D.C. is always a city of deal makers and influencers, but if the nation’s capital seemed just a bit more power-packed than usual this week, there’s a simple explanation: Fortune‘s annual Most Powerful Women Summit was in town.
The three-day gathering drew big names from the world of business (IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, GM CEO Mary Barra, Berkshire Hathaway CEO—and honorary Most Powerful Man—Warren Buffett), politics (Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith), media (Yahoo global news anchor Katie Couric, Fox anchor Megyn Kelly), as well as power players from retail, real estate, finance and countless other fields.
Oh, and did we mention that the Tuesday evening gala featured First Lady Michelle Obama?
Read on for ten of most memorable thoughts and insights shared on the MPW stage—and for all of Fortune’s coverage of the event, click here.
“That’s a complicated question.”
“I can’t help but see myself in these girls. I can’t help but see my daughters in these girls.”
“If every company were being managed well, there certainly wouldn’t be any reason for activists.”
“You will be the disrupter should you choose to do it… Instead of being disrupted, you are the disrupter.”
“When I joined journalism in 1979, harass was two words instead of one.”
“It’s clear we may have overestimated his anger-management skills.”
“We want you to focus on responsibility, on accountability, and making sure that anyone who is behaving in a way that takes your company down a path of criminal activity be not a part of the process — and that’s something that we’ll be taking very seriously.”
“It’s the world’s worst job. It’s like herding cats.”
“Many of us can’t make it without lead-parent husbands… If you have a lead-parent husband, celebrate him!”
“What I’ve learned, first of all, is to live your values. It’s easy to put words on paper. What we had to do was demonstrate our values.