Em­pow­er­ing Women

The Suit - - Publishers Note - Er­win Kan­tor

Break­ing the glass ceil­ing in the cor­po­rate world has long been a con­tro­ver­sial topic, at least over the past two decades. Although the well-oiled “old boy net­work” still seems to be a ma­jor prob­lem for women who are reach­ing to­ward top man­age­ment lev­els, some progress has been made over the years by women who are con­stantly push­ing th­ese bound­aries.

At year’s end, as we look back at the lives of women who have be­come suc­cess­ful – who have ac­com­plished, en­cour­aged and in­spired – “The Suit Mag­a­zine” features six top ex­ec­u­tive women who have made a dif­fer­ence in the me­dia, en­ter­tain­ment and the cor­po­rate worlds. We chose th­ese six women as re­mark­able in­di­vid­u­als who made our world a bet­ter place.

This look back in time in­cludes one of our most coura­geous pioneers – Sally Ride, the first woman in space. Women have made strides in many other ar­eas. The mil­i­tary now for­mally al­lows women to be closer to the dan­ger­ous cen­ter of com­bat, ac­knowl­edg­ing those ser­vice­women who were al­ready do­ing jobs as medics, mil­i­tary po­lice and in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cers. More re­cently, women dom­i­nated the Lon­don Olympics for the first time in his­tory. On Team U.S.A., women won more gold medals than men. New Hamp­shire also made his­tory by elect­ing the first-ever all-woman del­e­ga­tion, mak­ing it the first state in which its ex­ec­u­tive and all of its na­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tives are fe­male.

In this is­sue, we pay trib­ute to Lori Greiner, hold­ing 115 US in­ter­na­tional patents, who con­tin­ues to in­spire women across the coun­try to strive for success. JJ Ram­berg, host of MSNBC’s week­end busi­ness pro­gram, “Your Busi­ness” and au­thor of “It’s Your Busi­ness” gives small busi­nesses the boost they need to excel by telling them the truth.

Then, there’s Marissa Mayer, CEO of Ya­hoo, one of the world’s most suc­cess­ful tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies – which may seem like a dream job to some. Other suc­cess­ful role models are Eve Wright Tay­lor, serv­ing as Vice Pres­i­dent and As­so­ciate Gen­eral Coun­sel for the Mi­ami Heat, Michelle Pat­ter­son, CEO of Event Com­plete and Ex­ec­u­tive Pro­ducer of The Cal­i­for­nia Women’s Con­fer­ence, as well as Rafaela Monchek, cur­rently serv­ing as Se­nior Ad­vi­sor to the Sec­re­tary on Emer­gency Man­age­ment, who is in charge of pro­vid­ing guid­ance and es­tab­lish­ing work­able so­lu­tions in the af­ter­math of some of the county’s worst dis­as­ters.

Th­ese are some of the names that em­body the spirit of what it is to be and en­trepreneuer and women con­tinue to make big strides in the cor­po­rate world.

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