Half of all humans born on this planet are female. You’d think that would mean that half the heroes we hear about — at work, in school, in the media — would be, too.
But we all know the truth is far different, especially in the business world. Only 32 of the Fortune 500 companies have female CEOs. Women receive less than 1 in 5 Academy Award nominations. Even at Conscious Capitalism’s CEO Summit, only three of 19 speakers last year were female.
We’d like to change that.
Perhaps because we’re a women-led company, we’ve had no shortage of powerful female business role models to inspire and encourage us, especially lately — many of them have already graced our pages, some more than once. And when our co-founder Meghan French Dunbar joined an all-female journey deep into the Amazon rainforest last summer, she returned even more convinced of the importance — for both men and women — of witnessing heroic female leadership.
Thus was born the first World-Changing Women’s Summit, an in-person gathering happening at 1440 Multiversity February 20–22, 2018, where 200 established and emerging female leaders will convene to nourish themselves, find each other, and strategize about how to elevate humanity. But we know only a small fraction of you will be able to join us in that room — plus the event excludes men, the other half of our tribe. So we decided to create a virtual gathering right here, a who’s who of female heroes where everyone’s invited.
How we created the list
In assembling this list, we reached out to an ever-growing network of allies in all corners of the conscious business world, from industry groups to up-and-coming entrepreneurs to our partners at other media organizations. We added our own picks to the mix, then had the joyous, daunting task of deciding whom to feature.
We make no claims on comprehensiveness. We know without a doubt that dozens, if not hundreds, of other faces could have justifiably appeared in these pages. And yet we’re very excited about the fabulous group we’ve gathered here, a mix of household names and people we think the world should start hearing more about.
Creating this list has left us feeling inspired, optimistic, and more aware than ever that women are kicking ass in the business world, on their own terms.
We hope that their examples help give you a new model of what changemakers in business can and do look like.
Here’s to the heroes and the mission we all share.
Rachel is Conscious Company’s former editor-in-chief. Before joining the CCM team, she worked at Backpacker and Wired magazines.