Business women have been apart of my life for as long as I can remember. My mother instilled in me that her greatest dream was that I became strong and independent like her. That is, after all, what business women are. They are the epitome of strong and independent. Whether they are in finance or marketing, they are paving a way in the world that has not been open to women for quite some time.
Virginia Marie Rometty or better known as Ginni Rometty is the president and CEO of IBM. She is a forerunner for business women if ever there was one. She has been in Fortune magazine, Forbes magazine, and was even in the Time 100 back in 2012. Women take up about less than 30% of the engineering and science career fields so Ginni Rometty has really staked her claim and made it possible for aspiring women engineers or women scientists everywhere.
Next on my list of influential businesswomen is Marissa Mayer. She is a former spokesperson for Google but now she is the CEO at Yahoo!. She started off as Google’s first female engineer back in 1999, around the time Google was just a bud of it’s future self. Contrary to popular stereotype, business women usually give up the choice between children and their careers but not Mayer. She worked from home when she became pregnant and once having given birth to a healthy baby boy she had a nursery built right next door to her office. She became the ultimate juggler and proved that it is indeed possible to have your cake and eat it too.
Sheryl Sandberg is the chief operator of something we all hold near and dear to our hearts, Facebook. She is the first woman to serve on Facebook’s board of directors. Before Facebook she was over at Google their Vice President of Online Sales and before that she was the chief of staff for the United States Secretary of the Treasury! She has been named number one in Forbes magazine for Top 20 Influential Business Women and she has well deserved that title.
Lastly, I’ll be talking about Susan McGalla. Now she has her career sights in football, she’s the Director of Strategic Planning and Growth for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Before, however, she was involved in a career field that I care a lot about and that is fashion. She was the President of American Eagle Outfitters, one of my favorite stores. She didn’t start off as president of American Eagle, she was simply a divisional merchandise buyer of women’s clothing but she worked through the trenches and jumped from different managerial roles until she settled down as their President and Chief Merchandising Officer. During her presidency over American Eagle she was responsible for the launch of their 77kids brand and Aerie brand. Since leaving in 2009 Susan McGalla on susanmcgalla.com became involved with the Pittsburgh Steelers. I don’t know much about football but I’m sure if she applies the same creativity and tenacity she did at American Eagle, they will have a tough player on their team.