75 Most Powerful Women In Business

From technology to finance, these professionals are changing global business

Jessica-IsaacsJessica C. Isaacs
SVP, Field Operations and Global Reinsurance,
Chartis International

Isaacs, one of BE’s 100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America, has global responsibility for the personal lines of business operations in South America, Africa, the UK, Ireland, and North America. Isaacs also has global responsibility for all reinsurance negotiations and treaty placements in 57 countries where her division operates.

Melissa-James-Morgan-StanleyMelissa E. James
Managing Director
Morgan Stanley

James runs the loan products group at Morgan Stanley. She has responsibility for managing the origination of more than $50 billion of loan commitments for the firm’s clients. James is also a member of Morgan Stanley’s capital commitment committee.

SheilaJohnsonSheila C. Johnson
CEO & Founder
Salamander Hospitality

Johnson founded Salamander Hospitality—which owns, manages, and develops hotels, resorts, and inns—in 2005. Previously, Johnson was a founding partner of Black Entertainment Television (BET). Johnson is the only African American woman to have ownership in three professional sports teams (WNBA’s Washington Mystics, the NBA’s Washington Wizards, and the NHL’s Washington Capitals).

Debra-Lee1Debra Lee
Chairman & CEO
BET Holdings Inc.

Lee is responsible for BET’s original programming strategy and last September, she managed the launch of Centric, the 24-hour entertainment network featuring artists, music, series, movies, and reality programming. She also oversees the company’s current growth initiatives, including international distribution of the brand in the United Kingdom and Africa.

Lewis-Hall_Freda9E1424_cropFreda Lewis-Hall, M.D.
SVP & Chief Medical Officer
Pfizer Inc.

As the most senior physician at the pharmaceutical giant, Lewis-Hall leads medical, patient safety, regulatory affairs, and quality assurance efforts throughout Pfizer, as well as outreach to doctors and other medical professionals. Prior to joining Pfizer, Lewis-Hall was at Vertex Pharmaceuticals, where she was responsible for clinical and nonclinical development and both medical and regulatory affairs.

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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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