Women leading global business

Women have come really far from where they were a century ago. Despite all barriers in different sectors across the world, women have managed to enter and conquer many fields. Dave Landry, author of ‘The Layman’s Guide To Trading Stocks’ says, “Women have historically been secretaries, bookkeepers, and teachers, but today they are branching out more than ever before and taking on various roles as professional leaders in various industries.”


Here are four prominent women who have taken global business by storm;


Barbara Corcoran

Barbara Corcoran graduated with a degree in education in 1971, but just two years later she co-founded The Corcoran Group and started the business with only a $1,000 loan. She then started publishing The Corcoran Report, discussing the real estate data trends in New York City. After selling her business for $66 million in 2001, she now writes columns for More Magazine, The Daily Review, and Redbook and is still considered as one of the most powerful names in the business.


Sheryl Sandberg

One of the most popular women in the world of tech, today, Sandberg is the COO of the world’s largest social networking site, Facebook. She was the first female on the board of directors of Facebook and is also a board member of:  The Walt Disney Company, Women for Women International, the Center for Global Development, V-Day.


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Indra Nooyi

Nooyi defied gender stereotypes from an early age. In 1974, she graduated in physics, chemistry and mathematics; fields that still continue to be dominated by men. After completing her MBA and going to Yale, she joined Johnson and Johnson. She then joined Pepsi in 1994 and seven years later became President and chief financial officer (CFO). Currently the CEO and Chairperson of the company, she is considered one of the most powerful women in the world.


Ursula Burns

Starting as an intern at Xerox in 1980, Burns became the executive assistant to the CEO, Paul Allaire by 1991. In 1999, she was appointed as the vice president for global manufacturing. In 2009, she became the first African-American woman CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Burns faced hurdles in her career when she was questioned for her business decisions early on in her tenure, but she still continues to be one of the most powerful women in the world today.