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Introducing The 2017 Women-Led Businesses to Work For

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Ivy Exec is excited to announce the launch of our inaugural list of 2017 Women-Led Businesses to Work For.

From the beginning, Ivy Exec’s mission has been to empower high-achieving professionals with the resources they need to achieve their career goals.  Part of this mission is to provide professionals with quality data and resources to enable them to make informed decisions as they progress in their career.

To that end, Ivy Exec surveyed thousands of professionals across various industries to gain insight into the top companies that foster the advancement of female professionals, and are led by trailblazers in traditionally male-dominated industries. The results culminated with our 2017 Women-Led Businesses to Work For rankings – a selection of 25 companies determined by Ivy Exec’s proprietary algorithm, a market index formula (created by the Ivy Exec research team) and data collected through thousands of reviews from current and former employees of these companies.  The data was also compiled and ranked to offer professionals insight into each company through 5 Factors:  Work, Culture, Prestige, Leadership, and Money.

The companies represented on this list are all led by female CEOs, Founders, and Presidents.  In some cases, these female leaders are the first to achieve their position in the company’s history.

“As a women-owned and led business ourselves, it was important for us to support other women-led businesses across the country,” shares Sara Farkas, Director of Strategic Development at Ivy Exec.  “We believe in Empowered Success.   We strive to promote a universally inclusive environment where individuals and disruptive companies have the opportunity to realize their potential, be recognized for their achievements and be provided with the education, mentoring, sponsorship and networking opportunities geared toward their professional needs that will drive them towards success.”

According to Farkas, the goal of these rankings is threefold:

  1. To spotlight women trailblazers and companies in traditionally male-dominated industries
  2. To inform professionals of industry opportunities where female leadership is highly valued and strongly represented
  3. And to raise awareness of the need for stronger representation of female leaders around the globe

To capture both household brand names, as well as lesser known but important companies to watch, we split our list into two categories: Disruptive and Established Businesses.

Disruptive Women-Led Businesses

Each company in our list of 15 disruptive businesses was founded after 2000, and are breaking boundaries in their industry. From finance to tech to consulting, each of these incredible CEOs/Founders have found a Green Space within their industry, challenge standard business models, and/or are women-led businesses in a traditionally male-dominated industry. Some of these include:

  • Nicole Sahin: CEO of Globalization Partners, who has developed a global employment platform which enables companies to quickly and easily employ people in more than 100 countries worldwide, ranging from Saudi Arabia to Brazil to China.
  • Anne Dougherty and Sara Conzemius: Co-Founders, Illume Advising LLC. Sara is the former Chairman of the Board for the Association for Energy Service Professionals. Awarded both the EPA Michael C. Thompson Award and the B.H. Prasad Award for her exceptional lifetime of service and commitment to the industry. Anne is one of the foremost researchers on human behavior in energy and is currently a key planning committee member in the International Energy Program Evaluation Conference and Behavior Energy and Climate Change conferences. Anne has delivered numerous keynotes, most notably for the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • Andrea Stone: CEO of Dynamic Pro who was recently acknowledged as one of InfraGard’s newest and leading contributors to the association at the 20th Anniversary Congress and Conference. This award recognizes Andrea as a contributor within the public and private partnership as the Co-Chief of the Transportation Sector, connecting the Department of Homeland Security and Transportation Security Administration with the National Emergency Management Association.

Click here to see who made our rankings, and to find out who landed the #1 spot.

Established Women-Led Businesses

In the category of Established Women-Led Businesses, each qualifying firm was founded before 2000. It includes well-known brands such as Deloitte Consulting, General Dynamics, and Fidelity Investments, and highly-respected executives including:

  • Mary Barra: First female CEO of a major global automaker – General Motors.
  • Chanda Kochhar: In 2009, she became the youngest CEO and first woman to head ICICI Bank, the second-largest lender in India.
  • Phebe Novakovic: Former CIA operative and first female CEO for General Dynamics, her promotion in 2012 made her the highest-ranking woman to run a major U.S. defense contractor.

Click here to see which company came out on top.

Featured Companies Include:

These rankings officially launch Ivy Exec’s campaign to support universal inclusiveness.

In the months to follow we will be showcasing these and other companies through our industry blog, social media and company profiles. We encourage everyone to follow this space!

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