It might have been a fantasy for women to achieve being at the top of the ladder or even be an independent woman a few centuries ago but hard work and education leads you anywhere you wish. Here is a small list of the five highly accomplished business women in the world, who sit on the top of the business ladder leadint the world forward.
1. Sheryl Sandberg- Born in 1969 in Washington D.C., in a Jewish American Family, Sandberg is the oldest of the three children of Adele and Joel Sandberg. Her family moved to North Miami, Florida, when she was two years old. She studied in North Miami Beach High School and was always at the top of her class. She graduated with a 4.646 GPA and ninth in her class. She graduated in Economics from Harvard College and was awarded the John H William Prize, awarded to the top student in economics. She worked at World Bank as research assistant to Larry Summers, her Harvard professor, mentor and adviser. Later she got her M.B.A with highest distinction from Harvard Business School in 1995. Since then she has worked for- McKinsey, United States Secretary of US and Google Inc. In 2007 she met Mark Zukerberg and they spent some time in January 2008 at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. She was hired by Facebook in March 2008. In 2012 she became the eighth member of the Facebook board of directors.
2. Indra Nooyi- Born on 28th October 1956 in a Brahmin family in Madras, Tamil Nadu, India. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry from Madras Christian College in 1974 and PGDM (MBA) from IIM-Calcutta in 1979. She started her career with Johnson and Johnson and later joined Yale School of Management and earned a Master’s in Public and Private Management. She interned for Booz Allen Hamilton and joined Boston Consulting Group after graduating from Yale. Later she also worked for Motorola and Asea Brown Boveri. She joined Pepsico in 1994 and became the President and CFO in 2001. She led the restructuring of Pepsico along with the divestiture of its restraunts into Tricon, now called ‘Yum! Brands.’ In 2006 she was appointed the fifth CEO in the 44-year history of Pepsico. During her years in Pepsico the company revenue is said to have risen 72% annually and the net profit doubled.
3. Irene Rosenfeld- Born on 3rd May 1953, in Westbury, New York in a Jewish family. She attended W. Tresper Clarke High School in Westbury, New York. She earned a Bachelor’s in Psychology, Marketing of Science in Business and Ph.D in Marketing Statistics from Cornell University. She has devoted 30 years of her life to the food and beverage industry. She started her career with Damcer F Fitzgerald Sample advertising agency in New York. Later she worked with General Foods and Frito- Lay. She was appointed as the CEO of Kraft Foods in 2006. She restructured the main business of Kraft in US, Canada and Mexico successfully.
4.Virginia Rometty- Born in July 1957 in Chicago, Illinois, US, Rometty is the first woman ever to head the consulting giant IBM (International Business Machine). She graduated from Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University in 1979 with a bachelor’s in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. After graduation she worked with General Motors Institute in 1979 and soon joined IBM in 1981 as a systems engineer in Detroit. She represented the purchase of the big business consulting firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2002 for $3.6 billion. She lead the growth strategy of cloud computing and business aralytics in IBM. In October 2011 she was tapped as CEO of the century-old tech giant with more than $100 billion in revenues.
5.Meg Whitman- Born on August 4, 1956 in Cold Spring Harbor, Newyork. Her ancestors were quite famous, intelligent and legendary figures which shows where she got her brains from! She attended Cold Spring Harbor High School and was always in the top ten in her class. She joined Princeton University and studied math and science, with an aim to become a doctor. But, after a summer of selling advertisements she changed her subject to economics. After graduating in 1977 with a B.A. Honours, she enrolled for M.B.A. From Harvard Business School. She started her career in 1979 as a brand manager at Procter and Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio. She later worked with Bain and Company’s, The Walt Disney Company, Stride Rite Corporation, Florists’ Transworld Delivery and Habro’s Inc. She joined eBay in March 1998 when the company had 30 employees. During her term as CEO the company grew into a firm with about 15,000 employees and $8 billion annual income. She organized and restructured the site which originally seemed confusing and mismanaged. She made several key changes in her management team. Under her, eBay bought Skype and later sold it to Microsoft. She was also on the board of directors of eBay foundation, P&G and DreamWorld SKG till 2009. She joined Hewlett-Packard’s board of directors in 2011 and became the CEO in the same year on 22nd September.