International Women’s Day is on March 8th, and although women are always worth celebrating, this is the perfect opportunity to celebrate some of the women who are changing the world through their world. Business is no longer just a man’s pursuit, and today women are leading the way in many different industries. Here are five of the most commanding and interesting female thought leaders who are making a difference in business.
Jesse Draper started her career as a talk show host and television producer, but as a fourth generation venture capitalist, business success runs in her blood. She founded her venture capital firm, Halogen Ventures, which is based in Los Angeles and is focused entirely on female-founded consumer technologies. The Halogen portfolio is extensive but includes brands working in entertainment, fashion, beauty, food, tech, and more. Draper is also a regular consultant on popular cable news and talk shows.
Apple is often thought of as a company founded and run by men, but Angela Ahrendts rose to the top of the food chain as the head of retail operations, one of the highest-paid and most influential positions in the entire company. Before working at Apple, she was the CEO of Burberry, one of the world’s most iconic fashion companies. In early 2019, Apple announced she was leaving the company to pursue new professional endeavors, and we’re excited to see where her work takes her. Ahrendts proves that you don’t have to have a typical tech background to break into the industry.
Angelica Fuentes is one of the most influential businesspeople from Mexico and now uses her resources to empower women around the world. Fuentes got her start working in her dad’s gas station and worked her way to the top of Grupo Imperial Corporativo, one of the leading energy companies in Mexico. She currently sits on the board of many essential business organizations in Mexico, but her true passion is the Fundacion Angelica Fuentes, which runs initiatives and partners with businesses to promote equality for women in Latin America.
As the CEO of General Motors, Mary Barra is the first woman to become a leader of a major automobile company. She began working in automobile shops when she was 18 to pay for her college tuition, and eventually became CEO of GM in 2014. Since becoming the leader of GM, she has pushed the company to transition into the tech space in order to compete with other leading global automobile companies.
Chopra may be known for her roles in movies and TV shows like Quantico, but she also has had a long career working with UNICEF as a global Goodwill Ambassador. She won Miss World in 2000, and since then has dedicated much of her time to serving kids in need around the world. As her celebrity profile grows with new movies like Isn’t It Romantic, she uses her reach to promote the causes that are important to her.