The era of male dominated businesses is well over. Given recent breakthroughs led by these successful women and more, there is surely a need for gender diversity in corporate America.
Women have quietly been major players in the world of entrepreneurship and we’ve come great lengths in overcoming gender-focused obstacles across all industries. Women currently occupy 22 CEO positions at S&P 500 companies and female owned businesses account for $2.5 trillion in sales.
Businesses led by women are some of the top performing organizations at a global level and here are ten individuals who contribute to that monumental success.
Business and Technology:
Susan Wojcicki – CEO of YouTube
Susan Wojcicki has been with Google since 1998 but took over the lead position at YouTube in 2014. Wojcicki has been the driving force behind a couple of Google’s biggest services including Google AdSense. She also spearheaded Google’s YouTube acquisition and she’s helped the growth of the video platform that brings in $4 billion in revenue.
Sheryl Sandberg – COO of Facebook
Sandberg’s contribution to the technology space has gone unmeasured. Her vision of Facebook becoming a pioneer in the digital advertising sector came to fruition behind her hard work. Facebook’s profits almost doubled in 2014, to $2.9 billion, and mobile ad revenue now comprises 76% of its total ad sales. With the purchase of Instagram, Sandberg plans to grow the hundred-million user base there as well.
Mary Barra – CEO of General Motors
In her second year as the head of the nation’s largest auto-maker, Barra has led the $156-billion-in-sales company out from behind the dark cloud of their 2014 ignition-switch recall. Barra was also one of the few female CEO participants in the viral #ilooklikeanengineer Twitter campaign, to help invite women to the tech industry.
Indra Nooyi – CEO and Chairman, PepsiCo
Nooyi is having the definition of a successful decade as she’s in her ninth year atop the $66.6 billion PepsiCo. She lead the company to see an impressive 4% organic revenue growth in 2014. But Nooyi’s biggest changes have been towards maintaining a healthier product.
She removed aspartame from Diet Pepsi this year and reached a truce after a 2-year feud with activist investor Nelson Peltz which is a great feat for the food and beverage giant.
Tory Burch – CEO of Tory Burch
Tory Burch is the CEO of Tory Burch, a US-based fashion line launched in 2004. Since, the Tory Burch brand has grown to 125 free-standing stores and their line is sold in 3,000 department and specialty stores. Burch does her job to give back too, as an active philanthropist, the Tory Burch Foundation was created to support women entrepreneurs.
Entertainment and Media:
Beyonce’s extreme success has been destined since she lead the women’s singing group Destiny’s Child in the mid-1990s. Since then Beyonce has started a beautiful family with successful music artist and business owner Jay-Z. She’s grown to be a massively supported solo artist and in 2014 she was named #1 on Forbes’ celebrity list.
Oprah Winfrey continues to make huge leaps with the media empire she’s built which has now ventured into the film production industry.
But every avenue for Winfrey is proving profitable, her OWN network has seen considerable growth and she even leads an education initiative for women around the world called the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls.
Arianna Huffington launched the Huffington Post in 2005 and later sold the digital publication to AOL in 2011. Although Huffington still is the editor-in-chief of the business and hopes to expand the readership to more of include more of an international focus.
Real Estate and Healthcare:
Xin is the co-founder of SOHO China, which is a prominent real estate development firm in China that went public in 2007. Xin has shown that she can lead SOHO China towards double-digit growth and profits in her time with the firm.
Shaw founded Biocon, an Indian biopharma company and since it’s inception, Shaw has done a spectacular job growing the business from humble beginnings. She began Biocon out of her garage and grew it into a globally company. Biocon became only the second Indian company to reach $1 billion on its first trading day when they went public in 2004.