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.