Through the years, the face of the business world has changed dramatically and women have risen to new heights, blazing a trail so even more women can follow in their footsteps. Many successful women hold powerful positions in major corporations today making it difficult to choose only ten to honor here, but these women listed below are just a sample of those who deserve recognition.
An Innovative Leader of Retail and Banking
Chanda Kochhar is the Managing Director and CEO of ICICI Bank Limited. She shaped the retail banking sector in India, and she widely recognized for her leadership role in ICICI Group. She has made various contributions to various forums in globally as well as India. In 1984, she started her career with ICICI Limited, and she worked her way up to become ranked as 20 in Forbes World’s 100 Most Powerful Women. With her at the helm, she focused on technology, process reengineering, innovation, scale, and expansion of distribution.
A Real Estate Mogul and Personality
Barbara Ann Corcoran is the founder of the Corcoran Group, and her net worth is $80 million. She graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas College in 1971, taught school for about a year, then moved on to the real estate venue. She is an American businesswoman, television personality, consultant, speaker, syndicated columnist, and author. She stars in ABC’s Shark Tank and is the real estate contributor to NBC’s The Millionaire Broker with Barbara Corccoran.
The Queen of QVC
Lori Greiner, an American inventor, entrepreneur, television personality, and author. She stars in the ABC’s Shark Tank, and is called “The Queen of QVC.” In 1996, she established and became the president of Chicago-based company called For Your Ease Online, Inc. She launched more than 500 products, and has over 120 patents internationally and in the United States. Her primary focus in school was journalism, television, and communications. Before she established herself, she had aspirations to become a playwright and she sold jewelry on the side.
Social Media Innovator
Sheryl Sandberg is Harvard educated, and has served as Facebook’s COO for some years . She is now on Facebook’s board of directors and is also the first woman to be on the board of directors for Facebook.
A Contributor to Defense and Aerospace
Marilyn Hewson is the CEO, Chairman, and President of Lockheed Martin. Currently, she is exploring the renewable energy venue and has expressed a deep interest in sustainable resources. Preserving the earth with sustainable resources is becoming a main point of focus for most modern business endeavors.
A Devotion to the CVS Brand
Helena Foulkes is the acting president of the CVS brand, and her influence lead to the removal of tobacco from retail outlets. As a health conscious brand, they promoted the image as proactive and ultimately changed their name to CVS Health as a sign of devotion.
Maintaining Xerox’s Place in the Business World
Ursula Burns recognizes that technology and consumer needs have shifted to accommodate the growing changes in information systems. There have been changes to the company’s focus from just general printing products. She uses the company’s prowess to accommodate the business genre to maintain their relevance in today’s economy and marketplaces.
Turning the Company Around
Ellen Kullman, CEO of DuPont. Forbes ranked her 31st of the 100 Most Powerful Women in 2014. She made a decision that investors and stakeholders agreed upon; removing and replacing products in its parent company to products geared towards nutrition and bio-science. With this move, she quickly turned the company around to stay with the times.
Chasing the Dream
Marianne Lake, the CFO (Chief Financial Officer), sees that J.P. Morgan Chase’s financial services continue on the path to success. They employ a quarter million people and service over 60 countries. It is one of the largest banks in the world. She is the 2nd most powerful person in banking and is featured on the American Banker magazine.
Indra Nooyi, CEO and Chairman of Pepsi Co, increased Pepsi’s profit growth forecast. New products under Pepsi make up around 10% of the revenue. Her efforts have increased skepticism in competitors who attempt to break and divide the company.
Women have come a long way in the business world and their contribution to the growth of the companies they represent is remarkable.