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Success is not luck. It’s what happens when preparation meets opportunity. And those who begin this preparation process out of the starting blocks tend to acquire key leadership assignments and professional reputations that, in some cases, exceed those of colleagues more than a decade their senior. The female entrepreneurs and corporate executives identified in our latest “editors’ choice” roster—40 Rising Stars 40 and Under—have made moves that have placed them on the path to power and success in business, all before their 41st birthdays.
In consulting the nation’s largest public and private corporations, major trade associations, established entrepreneurs, and senior executives over the past several months, our editorial research team discovered this cadre of remarkable women. They operate within a range of industries and disciplines, including science and technology; advertising, marketing, and public relations; finance; energy; food and beverages; and entertainment. Some run large or significant divisions of their companies and report to a chief executive or division head, others have launched and managed successful independent entities. These women are innovators and influencers, trailblazers and pioneers who reshaped and refreshed disciplines with cutting-edge processes, or transformed ideas into tangible, lucrative products or services.
We chose not to include managers or employees of law firms, unions, nonprofit organizations, or government agencies, or those employed in fashion or the arts, medicine, and education.
Having attained this much power and success early in their respective careers, there’s no telling what groundbreaking achievements the women who made this year’s list will accomplish in coming years. Judging from the drive that put them in their current positions, it appears as if nothing will stop them from reaching the pinnacle of global industry.
Congratulations to Kellee. It is great when you can have it all.
To Sharon F. Bowden
Your family is very pride of you and our prayers are always with you.
I am so proud to see you featured in Black Enterprise! You certainly have earned the praise. You go girl!
Congratultion little sister. I am very proud and glad to see you beening a beautiful role model for family and other. Way to go!
Hugs $ Kisses
To Sharon Fortune-Bowden:
Congratulations on your professional accomplishments. I am very proud of you! Continue to excel and enjoy your profession along the way.
Congratulations, Karine Mehu!
You are so deserving of this award and recognition for your professional accomplishments. We are very proud of you.
Congratulations Sonnia, God has truely blessed you in every way. I love you like a sister. Keep pushing….
Congratulations to my little sister, Latraviette Smith for making it in the 40 under 40. God has ordered her steps and she is truly following. I could not be more proud. I love you baby sis!!!
Congratulations Latraviette, God has blessed you abundantly to experience success in many ways. I am proud of you!
Congrats Spelman Sister!!! Continued success.
Congrats to you Kelli!!! Continued success!!!
From “Black and Blue” to “Black and Beautiful!” I could tell you how proud I am of you, but then I’m forced to contend with the fact that there are times when vocabulary is paltry in the face of our deepest feelings.
I have always looked up to my little cousin, Latraviette because she has always been on the TOP 10 of all of my lists..so glad to see her recognized where it really counts-much more love and continued success!
Congratulations! I am sure this honor is well-deserved. You have accomplished so much at a young age, no only in your career, but in giving back to the community. You are an inspiration not only to women, but Black women everywhere. I wish you many more blessings as you continue to pursue your dreams.
This is the Kelli Delli stuff that I was talking about…. REMEMBER 🙂
I am soooo proud of you girl!!!!! Cheers…
Latraviette Smith…your response, “It has always been important to me to achieve career success but not at the sacrifice of my humanity and personal standards. One of my early career goals was to make VP by 30, which I did at the world’s largest PR firm—and without giving up my greater goal to retain my values…” speaks volumes of not only your TALENT, but also your BEAUTY!
The family is so proud of you!! Continue to shine your light and SOAR!!!!
@ Sharon Bowden,
Our family is truly blessed and we are proud of you! We know you wear many hats and it’s does my heart well to see you are celebrated by others. Continue to fight the good fight and strive for excellence in all you do for the glory of the Kingdom!
Congratulations! We are very proud of you and you certainly deserve this award. Expect nothing but greatness! We love you!
Rena and Brian
Congratulations Lee .. as your favorite aunt I am so proud of you !!! you are beautiful, intelligent, talented and a gem !!! our family is very proud..
Continue to do what you are doing !!!
Congratulations Eleanor Williams (my sister)! We are all very proud of you!
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U Go Leona! We (the ad hoc Towne Avenue Heritage Committee) are so proud of you. Not only are you continuing a legacy, you are extending it to places unknown by the generations preceding you. Plan your work – work your plan.. And we will shine the light of greatness on your path to a happy and productive future. (from the Committe – Hope, Teal, Gladys, Karen, Shelley, Jeanne, et.al.)
Your hard work has been for the good. All the best and congratulations.
Congratulations Samanta! I am a proud husband. Samanta Shoes (www.samantashoes.com) is your dream, and I am glad it came true.
I am so proud of you and your accomplishments! You are truly a rising star with the potential of even greater things to come your way. Stay strong and know that you are loved and supported by your family and friends.
Congratulations and best wishes!
Congratulations Eleanor! I am so proud of you accomplishments! You have always been a rising star my eyes! May you continue to grow immensely in what ever you do!
Congratulations, Eleanor! I saw the news of this honor on a BC update and was so happy–and completely unsurprised. You are awesome.
Congratulations Eleanor! So proud of you! Continued blessings to you and your family!
Congrats Eleanor! We love you girl. Best to the ever-supportive family.
Congratulations, Latraviette! You are awesome!
Congratulations, Kim. All good wishes for a stellar and fulfilling career.
Congrats Eleanor! You are a rock star and only continue to shine. I am so proud to be your friend.
Congratulations to Spelman sister Kimberly Hogg. Found out about this in the alumna newsletter, and always love to see my sisters taking it to the top! Keep up the great work!
Eleanor, congratulations to you and your family. Continue to be blessed and focused and great things will continue to happen. Love… Uncle Bruce, Aunt Eleanor and Bruce Jr.
Congratulations.You make all of us proud.We know how hard you work,this is a reflection of your work ethic and attention to the world around you.Keep up the good work.
Cornell & Wenda Moore,proud parents
Congratulations, Nia! Well deserved and earned! I am so proud of you. Keep doing what you are doing. ~Mia
Lisa Congratulations! You are an inspiration to the young ones in the extended family and other young people. We are trully proud of you. I know the sky is the limit for you. What an awesome cousin!
Congratulations Kimmy!!! Forget 40, barely 25 years old and already climbing to the top of your game!! So so proud of you!
Eleanor, I am so blessed to see this tremendous accomplishment. You are amazing, talented and so very special. I am so proud of you. You are a Rock Star. What an impressive honor. SO VERY PROUD of you 🙂
Amy (Proud sister)
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