75 Most Powerful Women In Business

From technology to finance, these professionals are changing global business

Kim-Nelson4Kim Nelson
SVP, President
Snacks Unlimited
General Mills

Nelson, one of BE’s 100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America, is responsible for ensuring the profitable growth of some of America’s most popular snack brands, including Nature Valley Granola Bars and Chex Mix. Her portfolio of businesses reported $1.1 billion in net sales to General Mills.

Christina-NormanChristina Norman
OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network

Norman manages all business and creative areas of the new cable channel and multiplatform media venture designed to entertain, inspire, and empower people to live their best lives. Prior to OWN, Norman worked at MTV: Music Television, where she most recently served as president, providing the leadership, strategy, and management for MTV, MTV2, mtvU, MTV Tr3s, and MTV.com.

Norwood,-FeliciaFelicia Norwood
CEO & President, Active Health
Management Inc.

Norwood, one of BE’s 100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America, oversees a wide range of business operations, including sales and marketing, account management, product development, healthcare delivery, and legal and government relations. Active Health is a subsidiary of Aetna Inc. and the leading provider of health management services.

Lisa-Opoku---Goldman-SachsLisa Opoku
Managing Director & COO, Securities Division, Asia
Goldman Sachs

Originally from Ghana, Opoku manages the day-to-day activities of the global financial services giant’s Hong Kong-based Asia securities division. Her previous role at the firm was serving as COO for the Fixed Income, Currency & Commodities Bank Loan Syndications and Trading businesses in New York and London.

Lisa-Pickrum-The-RLJ-CompaniesLisa Pickrum
The RLJ Cos.

Pickrum is responsible for operations, infrastructure, and business development. She helped create the global private equity firm with $60 billion under management including RLJ Development L.L.C. (No. 8 on the BE Industrial/Service companies list with$ 605.2 million in revenues). Pickrum serves on several boards including Rollover Systems Inc., Bright Beginnings Inc., and Liberia Women’s Advisory Council.

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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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