Leading the Way

These women are poised to be the next generation of leaders in their fields--whether it's sports, business, finance, politics or the arts. In their own words, they tell how they got where they are and where they hope to go next.

Lessons We Have Learned

Ruth SimmonsPresident, Brown UniversitySo often in the workplace, women assume that they have to be just like everybody else, and downplay whatever is unique about them.

Doo-Ri Chung

Amid the breezy bossa nova music and the clicking of socialites' heels, designer Doo-Ri Chung did some final fiddling to make the strings of Swarovski crystals hang just so down the back of a halter gown.

How I Got There

CLARIFICATION APPENDEDOPRAH WINFREY Personal data: Born Jan. 29, 1954, in Kosciusko, Miss. Education: Tennessee State University Family: Unmarried; has been with Stedman Graham for about 20 years First job: Newsreader on Nashville local radio, 1971 Career highlights: Oscar nomination, 1986; started national show, 1986; first black female billionaire Pets: Sophie and Solomon, cocker spanielsI grew up with the American public, and everybody knows I worked hard for my...

BRAZILIANS FOR THE BOYS. NO, SERIOUSLY.

As three Wall Street types left an Upper East Side salon in Manhattan last week, a beautician told a NEWSWEEK reporter: "It's not their backs I'm waxing. It's their b-lls." There is such a thing as being too well groomed, but apparently not for some upwardly mobile heterosexual men.

Watch Your Back, Manolo

When shoe designer Holly Dunlap visits her factory in Italy, she hunkers down and stitches on buttons and bows herself. "I like making things," says Dunlap, 31. "That's when I'm most content." This personal touch has helped Dunlap slip her Hollywould brand flirty and fun, often made of satins and silks--on the feet of movie stars and socialites, and earned her a nomination for the prestigious Council of Fashion Designers of America award.In just three years, Hollywould merch now turns up at 100...

Health: Cord-Blood Controversy

Zoe is a perfectly healthy little girl. But her parents, Scott and Blake Fintz, aren't taking any chances. Compelled by a pamphlet in their doctor's office, they decided to store Zoe's umbilical-cord blood, banking its precious stem cells for potentially lifesaving medical use in the future.

Health: The Cord Blood Debate

Zoe Fintz is a perfectly healthy little girl. But her parents aren't taking any chances. Compelled by a pamphlet in their doctor's office, they decided to spend $1,300 to store Zoe's umbilical-cord blood, banking its precious stem cells for potentially lifesaving medical use in the future.