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By Leigh Gallagher, Colleen Leahey, and Michal Lev-Ram
November 25, 2014

Finding and grooming the next generation of talent is one of the most important—and hardest—challenges facing every organization. Finding and grooming talented women leaders is another. But even as Silicon Valley openly struggles to promote more women into leadership roles and as the rest of corporate America grapples to understand millennials, a new generation of seriously qualified women leaders is getting ready to take center stage.

On Tuesday, December 2, Fortune will host its first-ever Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit. More than 200 rising star executives from Fortune 500 companies, startups, nonprofits and more will gather at the Ritz-Carlton in San Francisco for two days to network, share stories, and hear from big-name executives, founders and leaders. The vast majority of delegates were nominated to attend by their bosses, some of the biggest CEOs and executives in the Fortune 500 and at fast-growing companies across the tech sector.

Ten of the nominees talked to Fortune about finding success, career advice they gleaned as they rose through the ranks, and more. Many of their nominators answered our questions too—executives like Facebook’s (FB) Sheryl Sandberg and IBM (IBM) SVP Bridget van Kralingen—and also explained how these young women caught their eye.

Nominees are on the left, nominators on the right. Additional reporting by Shalene Gupta.


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