Women are entering the business world and playing an increasingly important role in it. In fact, many women have reached top positions at leading companies. But still, there is a lot of room for growth and development. There are currently only 19 female CEOs among the top 500 companies in the U.S., according to Statista. We all know that being a woman in the business world can be difficult at times. However, these ladies have proven that it isn’t impossible! So let’s take a look at the top 3 successful women in the business world today: Nicole Junkermann, Mary Barra and Indra Nooyi.
Nicole Junkermann is the CEO of LEGOLAND. LEGOLAND is the world’s largest operator of LEGOLAND Discovery Centers, with more than 20 indoor family attractions in 8 countries, including the United States. Junkermann is also the co-owner of the company. Junkermann started her career in the tourism industry and worked as a tour guide at the German National Tourist Board. She then worked at a German travel agency and at TUI, where she was responsible for sales and marketing in the Nordic region. Junkermann has also worked in the tourism industry in the United States, as the Managing Director at LEGOLAND California. She then moved on to LEGOLAND Florida, where she was the Managing Director of LEGOLAND Florida. Junkermann has been a member of LEGOLAND’s Board of Directors since 2003. She became Vice President of LEGOLAND in 2005, then CEO in 2006. Junkermann has been CEO of LEGOLAND since 2006.
Mary Barra is the CEO of General Motors. Barra became the first woman to serve as a CEO of a major automaker. She began her career at General Motors in the 1980s as a co-op student. Mary Barra was promoted to Vice President of Global Human Resources in 2001 and named Executive Vice President in 2006. Barra is a graduate of the General Motors Institute. She was named as one of the Top 25 Women in Business by Fortune Magazine in 2006. In 2009, she received the Secretary of Defense Industry Forum Award for her contributions to the industry.
Indra Nooyi is the CEO of PepsiCo. Nooyi has been named one of the top most powerful women in business by Fortune Magazine for many years. She has also been listed among the 100 most powerful women by Forbes. Nooyi is a graduate from the Indian Institute of Management. She began working at Pepsico in 1992. In 2006, she was named President and CEO of Pepsico, becoming the first woman to head a Fortune 500 company in the United States.
Nicole Junkermann, Mary Barra and Indra Nooyi are just a few examples of successful women in the business world today. There are many others as well. Women make up half the population, and they bring a great deal of diversity and fresh perspectives to the table. These qualities are exactly what businesses need in order to thrive and grow to their full potential.