In honor of International Women’s Day, we’re dreaming about 5 boss women we’d love to meet one day.
All of these woman have inspired us in one way or another, changed the landscape for future generations and opened doors for all of us. This Women’s History Month, we’re honoring some of the biggest female names in business and hope you’ll be just as inspired as we are by their accomplishments.
Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook since 2008
Sheryl Sandberg had already built up an impressive resume when she met Mark Zuckerberg at a holiday party in December of 2007. In March of 2008, she was named Chief Operating Officer of Facebook and never looked back.
- In 2018 she earned a spot on the following Forbes lists: #11 Power Women and #12 America’s Self-Made Women.
- When Sheryl started as COO, Facebook was from running at a $56 million loss. Last year, the company made $40 billion in revenue.
- While she was in college, she taught step aerobics!
- Sandberg describes her career as a jungle gym – not a corporate ladder. In her bestselling book Lean In, she writes, “Jungle gyms offer more creative exploration. There are many ways to get to the top of a jungle gym. The ability to forge a unique path with occasional dips, detours, and even dead ends presents a better chance for fulfillment.” We agree.
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Oprah Winfrey, Media Mogul
Oprah Winfrey is a true American icon with some incredible stats – she is the longest-running daytime talk show host ever, the winner of 15 daytime Emmy Awards, Academy Award-nominated actress, the first African-American TV/film celebrity to be on the cover of Vogue and so much more. Oprah, the Queen of All Media, has done it all, and we’re here for it!
- Winfrey was named "Orpah" after a character in the bible, but people kept mispronouncing her name and "Oprah" stuck.
- Oprah’s family was so poor growing up that she was teased at school for wearing dresses made of potato sacks.
- Oprah was anchoring the news at Nashville's WTVF-TV when she was just 19 years old.
- She was the youngest person and the first African-American woman to be a news anchor.
- Within months of moving to Chicago to take over WLS-TV's morning show, AM Chicago, in 1984, the show went from last place to becoming the highest-rated talk show in Chicago.
- Oprah came up with the idea to not just talk to celebrities on her show – but to interview non-celebrity, “real” people, as well.
- Oprah is the first African-American woman billionaire.
- President Barack Obama awarded Oprah the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013.
- Oprah's Angel Network has raised more than $50 million for charitable programs, many of which aim to help educate underprivileged girls and women.
Photo via: Vogue
Maria Eitel, President and CEO of the Nike Foundation
Maria Eitel, now one of the most influential philanthropists in the world, is the founding president and CEO of the Nike Foundation. The Nike Foundation, along with their partners, have invested more than $250 million to tackle barriers and create opportunities for millions of impoverished adolescent girls across the globe.
- Maria worked as Nike’s first Vice President of Corporate Responsibility. Her job was to guide the company through challenging labor issues in its global manufacturing base in the late 1990s.
- Maria has a reputation for spotting talent and building outstanding teams of people. Her career has included positions in government, media, corporate and the non-profit world.
- She started her career as a television reporter and producer.
- Maria travels the globe to speak at various events. Some of the topics she covers are corporate social responsibility, good governance, sustainable development, philanthropy, human and labor rights, as well as social entrepreneurship.
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Arianna Huffington, Co-founder of The Huffington Post
Arianna Huffington has an incredibly diverse resume. From writing best-selling books to voicing animated television characters to running for public office, Arianna has been-there-done-that. We dare you to read more about her and not be inspired to reinvent yourself!
- In 2005, she launched the Huffington Post, one of the most prominent news sites on the internet and is now the founder and CEO of the health and wellness startup Thrive Global.
- Arianna grew up in Athens and moved to England when she was 16.
- She graduated from Cambridge University with an MA in Economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, The Cambridge Union.
- Arianna is a best-selling author. Her first book, The Female Woman, was published in 1974. She has also written biographies, self-help books, and political books.
- She was a beloved conservative commentator during the mid-1990s. However, she changed to more liberal views as time went on.
- Arianna campaigned for Governor of California in 2003 against Arnold Schwazenegger.
- In November 2008, she joined the cast of the animated series The Cleveland Show as the voice of Tim’s wife, Arianna. She also made a few appearances on Roseanne, The L Word, and How I Met Your Mother.
Photo via: The CEO Magazine
Lynsi Snyder, owner of In-N-Out Burger
At the age of 35, Lynsi, the sole heir of the In-N-Out Burger empire, became one of the youngest billionaires in the U.S. She says that honoring the legacy of her family drives everything she does.
- In 2018 Lynsi made the Forbes 400 list and was the youngest woman in the group, before Kylie joined the ranks in 2019.
- She has kept almost everything about the brand the same since her grandparents started the company and attributes her dedication to her family to her success.
- Lynsi’s employees love her. She has a 96% approval rating and was the fourth-highest-rated CEO of 2018 on Glassdoor.
- Lynsi has battled drug and alcohol addiction. Now she and her husband run a foundation called Army of Love, which aims to "enlist, train and equip an army of love" to help anyone in need of support. The couple also started Slave 2 Nothing, a foundation with a focus on issues of human trafficking and drug abuse.
- As a hobby, Snyder drag races cars. She started drag racing when she was 18 and is still going strong!
Photo via Forbes
We love learning about incredible women who are able to focus on their dreams and achieve their goals. Who else should we add to this list? Let us know in the comments.
Cover photo via: AARP