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5 Powerful Business Women Who Smashed the Glass Ceiling

Posted on 8th March 2017 in Growth

Written by James Marren

In the words of Beyonce… “Who Run the World? Girls!” In this blog, we look at five unstoppable women who decided to take a sledgehammer to the glass ceilings before them.

Sheryl Sandberg

Sandberg is the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook and Founder of Leanin.org. She is the first woman to serve on Facebook’s board and has boosted profits significantly since becoming COO in 2008. Before that, she was Vice President of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google and was involved in launching Google’s philanthropic arm Google.org. In November 2015 she donated $31 million in Facebook stock to a charitable fund that supports women in the workplace and women’s empowerment groups. If you’re a Facebook fan, you follow us here.


Did you know? “The Women And Work Commission’s latest research found that unleashing women’s full potential could be worth £23 billion a year to the Exchequer. To put this into context, a previous central government budget for Education was £28.6 billion.” 


Beyonce Knowles

The one and only! With her latest album Lemonade, she became the first artist to have six #1 albums in a row. Are you a fan? She has sold over 160 million records making her one of the best-selling artists of all time. She has won an incredible 22 Grammy Awards and no other woman has been nominated more times. Not only is she successful, but she is also a staunch advocate for women and children, as well as using her fame to shine a light on numerous global issues. We bow to you, Queen Bey!


Oprah Winfrey

If you’re one of just a handful of people in the world who don’t know who she is, Oprah Winfrey is a media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer and philanthropist. She is best known for The Oprah Winfrey Show, the highest-rated television talk show ever. She has been ranked the richest African-American, the greatest black philanthropist in American history, and is currently North America’s first and only multi-billionaire black person. She’s a top cultural influencer, particularly among women, and she is always ranked near the top of lists of the most influential women in the world.


Did you know?  “The current overall gender pay gap for full-time workers is 13.9% “


Ginni Rometty

Rometty is the current Chairwoman, President and CEO of IBM, and also the first woman to head the company. She has been named in Fortune magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” for ten consecutive years, ranking #1 in 2012, 2013 and 2014. She’s is not afraid to make big decisions and recently outlined a plan for IBM to stray from its focus on hardware and to make huge investments in areas such as cloud computing, mobile, and big data by 2018. She has been quoted as saying “Reinvention is not about protecting your past,” which is something we wholeheartedly agree with here at FUTRLI.


Indra Nooyi

Nooyi is an American, business executive and the current Chairperson and CEO of PepsiCo, the second-largest food and beverage business in the world. Using her great foresight so has been steadily diversifying and pushing the company towards healthier food and drink offerings and away from the declining soda category. Her ability to Forecast trends is something that seriously impresses us here at FUTRLI and is something we can definitely help you with. 


Did you know? “Companies across all sectors with the most women on their boards of directors significantly and consistently outperform those with no female representation – by 41% in terms of return on equity and by 56% in terms of operating results.”


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