Women have always come second to their male counterparts in the past, but these days, despite this disparity, there are revolutionary ladies that have pushed past the glass ceiling to become leaders in their fields. Whether it is management, sales, leadership or entrepreneurship, women such as Anne Welsh are changing the world in a positive way. Joining her are some of the top women in business:
Born in Washington, D.C., Sheryl Sandberg’s parents moved the family to North Miami Beach when she was 2 years old. She was always at the head of her class and graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College with a B.A. in economics. She worked for the United States Secretary of the Treasury, Lawrence Summers, for 5 years before becoming the Vice President of Global Online Sales and Operations for Google in 2001. After meeting Mark Zuckerberg at a Christmas party in late 2007, he offered her the COO position at Facebook and she has been there ever since.
Indra Nooyi was named the President and CFO of PepsiCo in 2001 after serving as Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Development from 1996 until 2000 and PepsiCo’s Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning from 1994 until 1996 before that. She has been President and CEO since 2006, leading the company in merging with Quaker Oatmeal and acquiring Tropicana under the PepsiCo name. Forbes has ranked her in the top fifth of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women since 2006. Her net worth is estimated around $144 million with an annual salary of $18.6 million.
Irene Rosenfeld is the chairman and CEO of Mondel?z International, which is the global spinoff of the snacking company Kraft Foods that was created in 2011. She earned a B.A. in Psychology, M.S. in Business Administration, and Ph.D. in Marketing and Statistics – all from Cornell University. Irene has repeatedly earned spots on Fortune and Forbes top business women lists. In addition, she is active in community organizations such as the Economic Club of Chicago.
Virginia “Ginni” Rometty
Ginni Rometty has worked for IBM since 1981 and became the first woman to lead the company as President, and CEO in 2012. She has been on Fortune Magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” for ten consecutive years, even topping the list from 2012 to 2014. In 2002, she advocated the purchase of the consulting firm, PriceWaterhouseCoopers Consulting.
After growing up in the projects of New York, Ursula received her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering and a M.S. in the same subject just one year later from Columbia University. She is the very first African-American woman to head a Fortune 500 company as the CEO and Chairman of Xerox. Ursula is one of the founding board members of Change the Equation, a nonprofit, non-partisan alliance to improve science, technology, engineering, and mathematics learning for every child, otherwise known as STEM.