A fire alarm, a dark alley, and some very good sports

DETROIT -- It's an event planner's nightmare.

A crowded theater full of 575 people. A respected executive at the podium in mid-sentence. A fire alarm sounds. And sounds. And sounds. People in the audience stand and wonder. Eventually, they file out.

That's what happened during our 100 Leading Women event Tuesday at about 8:30 p.m. EDT at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit.

That's how I spent 20 minutes in a dark alley in Detroit on a warm September night with about 80 of the most prominent women in the auto industry.

Gosh, are they good sports!