/// Marissa Mayer’s First Live Interview (Which ATD Had to Virtually Sneak Into): God. Family. Yahoo.

November 28, 2012  |  All Things Digital


Tonight, new Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer gave her first public interview since becoming the leader of the troubled Silicon Valley Internet giant. Not to cranky me, of course, but to the much more amenable Fortune magazine writer and editor Pattie Sellers, who hosted the former Google exec at a dinner in Palo Alto, Calif. as part of the magazine’s Most Powerful Women franchise . Fortune recently put a glamour shot of Mayer on the cover and Sellers also did a profile. Now, Mayer was ready to sit down to talk about Yahoo and more. I wish I could have reported from the event and almost did. I had initially been invited to the dinner at the Garden Court Hotel for about 100 guests, mostly made up of women. But I was then waitlisted and then told by Sellers directly that I could not attend as the editors had decided to close out outside media and only have Fortune staffers covering it. Whatever! I have my ways — and none involve disguising myself as a cater-waiter or solely using the Twitter feed from Fortune. As if! Here goes: 7:50 pm : After some lovely cocktails, the audience sat down at 10 tables of nine and started the salad course. Soon enough, the night started off with a speech by a McKinsey partner (and presumable sponsor of the dinner) Lareina Yee delivering some stats as part of study of some sort about how businesses are using — or should be using social tools. More than 60 percent of knowledge workers spend time exchanging information … Social can deliver an estimated $1 trillion in value. Big news! Not! Oh dear, please get to the opening act! Finally, Sellers started her intro of Mayer. 8:04 pm : Sellers notes that her conference had ousted Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz in 2010 and in 2011 had Mayer when she was an exec at Google. Now, in 2012, Mayer is top dog at Yahoo and the youngest CEO in the Fortune 500. “Why don’t we just call this the most powerful Yahoo dinner,” jokes Sellers. Why not! Mayer — for those who care — is wearing all black.

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