In celebration of Women’s History Month, we explore the top 10 most influential businesswomen from 2020.
It is important to recognize those women who persevere through challenges and use their voice to positively impact others. Women face specific struggles in the business world, making it significantly more difficult to succeed in a male-dominated industry. This month allows us to take a moment and reflect on those struggles. It is important to educate ourselves about the challenges women face and remember those that work to pave a path toward a more equal future.
Here are my top 10 most influential businesswomen of 2020 (in no particular order).
1. Sheryl Sandberg
Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Facebook: She now also serves on the Board of Directors since June 2020.
2. Indra Nooyi
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of PepsiCo: She grew the company's net revenue by 14% despite the global pandemic.
3. Irene Rosenfeld
Chairman and CEO of Kraft Foods: She was responsible for rebranding and revitalizing the company.
4. Ursula Burns
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Xerox Corporation: She continues to rebrand the company as a service-business instead of a product-selling company.
5. Carol M. Meyrowitz
President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of TJX Companies: She succeeded in reforming many retail brands into billion dollar companies, including TJ Maxx, HomeGoods and Home Depot).
6. Anne Sweeney
Co-chair of Disney Media Networks and President of ABC-Disney Television Group: She currently oversees over 100 channels and billions of viewers.
7. Susan Wojcicki
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Google: She is the woman behind the search engine's ad products and is responsible for 96% of Google’s net revenue from the past year.
8. Arianna Huffington,
Co-founder of the Huffington Post: She is currently expanding her Pulitzer-prize business globally.
9. Diane Von Furstenberg
Founder of Diane Von Furstenberg and the President of the Council of Fashion Designers of America: Originally starting her own company in 1970 with only $30,000, Furtenburg is now spreading awareness about the significance of original design.
10. Whitney Wolfe Herd
Founder of Bumble: She began as the marketing manager at Tinder, and then developed her own company in order to allow women to have more control in the dating world.