For the second straight year, Ogilvy & Mather’s Shelly Lazarus is No. 26 on Fortune’s list of the 50 most powerful women in business—one spot behind Bank of America’s Amy Woods Brinkley and one ahead of Frito-Lay’s Irene Rosenfeld. eBay’s Meg Whitman again tops the list. … Renetta McCann, named CEO of Starcom MediaVest Group last month, ranks No. 15 in the Wall Street Journal’s new list of “Women to Watch.” … Peter Arnell was the guest judge of an event-marketing competition on last week’s episode of The Apprentice: Martha Stewart. Stewart gave two teams the task of creating an event to market Tide to Go, a new stain remover that comes in the form of a pen. Arnell heaped praise upon Matchstick but had nothing nice to say about Primarius, whose event he called “pathetic” and a “waste of my time.” Arnell returned later in the show, as a guest at Stewart’s Bedford, N.Y., home, where she feted the winning team with breakfast. … Rochelle Settle, a receptionist at Colby & Partners in Santa Monica, Calif., flew to Washington, D.C., last week to sing at Rosa Parks’ memorial service in front of thousands of mourners, including Oprah Winfrey, Dick Gregory, Sen. Edward Kennedy and Tyler Perry. Settle, who sings for the Ward African Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles, was invited by Willis Edwards, coordinator of the memorial. (Settle had sung at his mother’s funeral.) The 35-year-old soprano sang a medley of spirituals. “It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” she says. “[Rosa Parks] was a humble Christian woman who devoted herself to young people.” … Venus Williams, Ashley Olsen and Lindsay Lohan were among those at a bash at Marquee in New York last Wednesday introducing nordstromsilverscreen.com—an interactive media channel that Nordstrom’s created with Fallon that offers broadband video content combining fashion, music, technology and pop culture. The Go-Gos played, and a remixed Go-Gos video from the 1980s was shown, recut to include shots of present-day models in Nordstrom’s clothes.
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