Women are continuing to break through the “glass ceiling” in unprecedented numbers. In 2012 there were a record 20 women CEOs at Fortune 500 companies. Also women hold 16% of the seats on the boards of directors at these large companies.
A CNN Money Magazine listing of the most powerful business women, issued for 2012, ranked Ginni Rometty, IBM’s President and CEO, as the most powerful businesswoman. She is a 31-year employee at Big Blue and was the manager of a $3.5 billion acquisition of PwC Consulting. She was a logical choice for the job because she had worked on IBM’s five-year growth plan with predecessor Sam Palmisano.
According to Forbes, the most powerful woman in the Michigan business community is Mary Barra, SVP of global product development for General Motors in Detroit. She ranks 41 on the Forbes list of businesswomen based on the financial budget they control.
However Michigan women have a long way to go. In the list of top 25 women-owned business in the United States, none are in Michigan.
View the attached list for the top books about how women have found success in the business world.
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