By Patricia Sellers and Nina Easton for Fortune. Originally published on June 19th, 2015.
“The leaders at Fortune’s MPW International Summit in London say the best way to reach the top is to break rules and ignore critics.
“Fear of what other people will think is the most paralyzing dynamic in business and in life. You will never own the future if you care about what other people think,” said entrepreneur Cindy Gallop at the 2015 Fortune Most Powerful Women International Summit in London this week.
That comment captured the breakthrough spirit and high energy of the 150 women leaders who convened for Fortune’s fourth annual MPW conference in London. Trolling the C-suites of Europe, Fortune’s editors brought in Banco Santander, chair Ana Botín, EasyJet, CEO Carolyn McCall, Newton Investment Management chief Helena Morrissey and Aberdeen Asset Management chief investment officer Anne Richards. We added some U.S.-based global operators such as Ingredion CEO Ilene Gordon and Federica Marchionni, the new chief of Lands End. And from the upper reaches of power politics, we injected Australia’s former Prime Minister and Israeli’s leading voice of opposition. To mix it all up, we included MakeLoveNotPorn.com founder Cindy Gallop and around-the-globe rower Roz Savage.”
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