75 Most Powerful Women In Business

From technology to finance, these professionals are changing global business


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What does it take to be named one of Black Enterprise’s 75 Most Powerful Women in Business? To identify our senior corporate executives and leading entrepreneurs—women responsible for developing product lines, positioning brands, operating core business areas, generating revenues, and with profit & loss oversight at the highest levels—our editorial and research teams pored over hundreds of biographies and résumés, as well as conducted interviews with potential candidates and leading trade associations for several months. Our selections met the following criteria:

Corporate business: Executives who hold C-Suite and/or president positions and have the title of senior vice president or above at the parent company. Managing significant lines of businesses, they serve as a representative on the executive leadership team of the top 1,000 publicly traded corporations; 400 largest privately held companies; leading global businesses with strong U.S. operations; or biggest financial services firms and contribute to the development of the business and financial strategy for the entire entity. Also on our listing are female executives who either retained their positions or have been promoted since their inclusion on BE’s 100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America released in February 2009. None of the executives listed have primary responsibilities for staff functions. This list does not include general counsels, chief diversity officers, domestic human resources officers, presidents of corporate foundations, or executives who oversee corporate communications, investor relations, community development, government affairs, and public/media outreach.

Entrepreneurship: Female BE 100s CEOs, COOs, and presidents with oversight of revenue generation, profitability, product and service development, and brand management for the entire company, as well as having gained industry-wide reputation and corporate board positions outside the company. Those included on the list run BE 100s companies that met the following criteria: industrial/services companies with gross revenue of $250 million or more; advertising agencies with gross billings of $250 million or more; commercial banks with assets of $200 million or more; asset managers with assets under management of $1 billion or more; private equity firms with capital under management of $2 billion or more; and investment banks with lead issues of $2 billion or more on either the taxable or tax-exempt rankings.

Our list, which begins on the next page, does not include any elected or appointed political representatives who currently hold national, state, or local office, including state treasurers, comptrollers, or commissioners who have oversight of corporations and industries. This list also excludes educators, activists, and heads of nonprofit and civic organizations.

You can also view the list here.

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27 Responses to 75 Most Powerful Women In Business

  1. Tammie Higgs says:

    Some of us have been leading the way for years and I want to thank BE for showcasing some of our best. Congrats to all listed and may you have continued success in your endeavors. This is my motivation to keep rising to the top!
    Thank you.

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  3. David Anderson says:

    This magazine is stupid. Would a magazine for all whites be racist???

    • Patricia says:

      this magazine seems stupid for you because you are the target.

    • Michael Littlejohn says:

      David – Is “Men’s Health” sexist as it caters to men? What about “Woman’s Day”? Does “Cat Fancy” discriminate against dog owners? The magazine industry is built on a foundation of catering to unique, and diverse, groups. You are free, my friend, to buy any magazine you wish…. or not.

    • Trevanian says:

      Almost all magazines in America are for the majority of the population (i.e., white people). Just look at who appears on the covers. Fortune, Forbes, Business Week, all cover business issues for their constituency. BUt maybe I should no use such big words – if you don’t understand the need for a trade journal or special interest magazine, a rational explanation would certainly be over your head.

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  5. Patricia says:

    this magazine seems stupid for you because you are not the target.

  6. I have always enjoyed reading about our Outstanding Leaders in your magazine through the last 30+ years. I am always very proud to see so many women in powerful positions. I remember when we weren’t even hired to be a secretary for some of those companies.
    Thank you, Black Enterprise, for continuing to provide a vehicle of hope for all our children.

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  8. samantha samuels says:

    When we respond to people that are ignorant, we lower our standards. We need to educate them if they choose to be educated, if not then leave them to their own ignorants. This magazine is great because it give’s someone like myself hope and encouragement to continue getting my education and persue my dreams.

  9. Jon says:

    Great list and great profiles.
    Keep up the fantastic work BE!

  10. Jon says:

    Very well done Sonia Alleyne!

  11. Solomon Robeson says:

    I have had the pleasure of hearing Julia Brown speak on several occasions, and found her to be one of the sharpest business minds I have encountered in my career.

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  13. shields says:

    I met Ursula Burns in Rochester,ny and she is a pleaure to be around! She is amazing just what
    this world need is change.

  14. Murtaza Kapaasi says:

    The following name is missed in the complete list (http://www.blackenterprise.com/top-75-women) : Ursula M. Burns, CEO, Xerox Corp (here displayed on page 4). (i.e. only 74 name listed there) and also several up-downs in presentation serial numbers.

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  17. kala george says:

    im doing a report about Gwendolyn l. butler and i would love to someone like her some day and that will take hard work.

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