Although they are rarely mentioned, there are many women involved in the business world. And they are successful too! They have made their names in business through hard work and dedication. These women occupy top positions in their respective companies, such as: president, CEO or COO. They all have a charismatic personality and charm which come into play when they finalise important deals. Find here some of the most influential women in business.
Are you wondering why Facebook is such a successful social network? It is due to the excellent work delivered by its employees, especially its Chief Operating Officer (COO), Sheryl Sandberg. Under Sandberg in 2016, Facebook’s ad revenue growth and stock price soared to new heights. Born in Washington D.C., she is also a technology executive, author and activist. Sheryl Sandberg is also the founder of Leanin.org, a global community to empower women and help them realise their ambitions.
Sandberg’s path to success was unexceptional. She completed her undergraduate studies at Harvard University. Her career in the tech industry started when she took a job as Research Assistant at the World Bank, where she met chief economist, Larry Summers. She often increased her income by teaching aerobics. After her MBA, she worked together with Summers at the US Treasure Department under Clinton’s administration until 2001 when she joined Google as Vice President of Global Online Sales and Operations. Fast forward to 2008, she joined Facebook as COO. Her net worth is of $1.84 billion as per Forbes!
Discover a multi-faceted business woman, Ginni Rometty! She is the first woman to head IBM. She was born in Chicago in 1957. In 1975, she won a scholarship at the North-western University in Illinois. She also graduated in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Her career began at the General Motors Institute and in 1981, she joined IBM as Systems Engineer.
Thanks to her professionalism and hard work, she moved to IBM’s Consulting Group in 1991. She was promoted to the position of Senior Vice President and Group Executive for Sales, Marketing and Strategy in 2009. Her career continued to evolve as she was selected as IBM’s CEO in 2011. That’s not all! She was promoted to the role of Chairman in September 2012. Finally, she was selected as Chairman, President and CEO of IBM in October 2012, establishing her as one of the most powerful and multi-talented business women.
Meet Safra Catz, Co-CEO at Oracle! She is an Israeli born American businesswoman and was born in 1961. She spent her life’s first 6 years in Israel and later moved to Massachusetts, USA. In 1983, she graduated from Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and earned a Joint Degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1986. She also became an alumnus of the Harvard Law School. Her career started as a banker at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette in 1986. She was also its Senior Vice President and Managing Director from 1994 to 1997 and 1997 to 1999, respectively.
At 54 in 1999, Catz joined Oracle as Senior Vice President and became a member of its Board of Directors in October 2001. Her career soared to new heights as she occupied different roles within the company. She was President of Oracle Corporation in 2004 and headed the company’s acquisition of PeopleSoft in a $10.3 billion takeover. As from 2011 to present day, she is CEO and CFO at Oracle. However, her business acumen is not limited to Oracle! During her free time, she supervises a $3.5 billion investment in STEM initiatives.
Such influential women are often behind the success of big companies due to their professionalism and charisma. You can also learn more about many big businesses started by women! These are only a few of them. There are yet many others who are equally successful, even if their names are rarely mentioned.