As TV shows like Mad Men (set in the 1960s) remind us, it’s only been during the most recent decades that large numbers of women have assumed regular leadership roles in business and government. In its 10th annual celebration of this ongoing cultural shift, Forbes magazine published a list in its June 16, 2014 issue of 100 of the world’s most powerful women.                                              

Here’s a brief review of some of the women who made this list. Depending upon your line of work, you may find yourself needing to contact some of these women in the future, especially when searching for truly creative and innovative thinkers.

Brief References to Some of Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women

Government. These leaders include: Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany; Hillary Clinton, former U. S. Secretary of State and First Lady (and possible future U. S. President); First Lady Michelle Obama; Janet Yellen, Chair of the U. S. Federal Reserve; Queen Elizabeth II of England; Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil; President Park Geun-Hye of South Korea; Cristina Fernandez De Kirchner, President of Argentina; Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile; and Samantha Power, U. S. Ambassador to the U.N.;

Current CEOs/Company Leaders.  Mary Barra – CEO of GM Motors (first female named to this position); Meg Whitman, CEO of Hewlett Packard;  Virginia Rometty, CEO of IBM; Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube; Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo; Ellen Kullman, CEO of DuPont US; Ursula Burns, CEO of Xerox US; Marillyn Hewson, CEO of Lockheed Martin; and Amy Hood, CFO of Microsoft;

Education/Media/Entertainment (Business Side). Although many women have always worked as teachers in the field of education, it’s only during recent years that large numbers of them have begun finding work as high-level college administrators. Likewise, the entertainment and media fields are just now truly welcoming women into their higher ranks. Today’s leaders in these realms include: Drew Gilpin Faust, President of Harvard University (only about 26% of college presidents are women); Ariana Huffington, Editor-in-Chief of Huntington Post, U.S;  Greta Van Susteren, Anchor of Fox News, US; Hu Shuli, Founder and editor of Caixin Media in China; Bonnie Hammer, Chair, NBC Universal Cable Entertainment U.S.; Oprah Winfrey, media mogul; and Amy Pascal, Co-chair, Sony Pictures Entertainment, U.S.;

The General World of Finance. Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the IMF (International Monetary Fund) in France; Abigail Johnson, President of Financial Services, Fidelity Investments U. S.; Mary Callahan Erdoes, CEO, Asset Management, JPMorgan, U.S.; and Adena Friedman, Co-President of NASDAQ.


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