5 Inspiring Women CEOs Who've Earned Their Title

Discover five exceptional women who have proven that the title of CEO is rightfully theirs, breaking barriers and inspiring others along the way.

From one powerhouse woman to another, the landscape of corporate leadership has undergone a remarkable shift in recent years. 

Gone are the days when certain roles were reserved solely for men. Today, women are not only breaking through glass ceilings but shattering them entirely. 

Let’s take a closer look at five remarkable women who have carved their path to the top, proving that the title of CEO is unquestionably theirs.

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Karen Lynch

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Karen S. Lynch is at the helm of CVS Health, leading a workforce of over 300,000 individuals dedicated to creating a healthier world for every consumer. 

With a career spanning more than three decades in the healthcare industry, Karen’s journey to CEO is a testament to her unwavering dedication and expertise. 

According to CVS Health, her leadership has been instrumental in delivering holistic healthcare solutions to millions. Building upon her roles at Aetna, Cigna, and Magellan Health. 

Recognized as one of the most influential figures globally. Karen’s accolades include being named to the TIME100 list and topping Fortune’s Most Powerful Women in Business for three consecutive years.

Adena T. Friedman

Since assuming the role of CEO at Nasdaq in 2017, Adena Friedman has been a driving force behind the company’s evolution. Nasdaq has emerged as a leading global exchange and technology giant.

With over two decades of industry experience, Adena’s leadership has been pivotal in shaping Nasdaq’s growth and innovation. 

Photo via Nasdaq’s official website

Her journey from intern to CEO is a testament to her commitment and vision. 

Adena’s contributions extend beyond Nasdaq, with her serving on the boards of various prestigious organizations. As per Nasdaq, this includes the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and Vanderbilt University.

Roz Brewer

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Roz Brewer’s ascent to the helm of Walgreens Boots Alliance in 2021 marked a historic moment. As reported by Forbes she became the only Black woman leading an S&P 500 company.

Prior to her role at Walgreens, Roz made significant strides at Starbucks, implementing policy changes and racial bias training across thousands of stores. 

As a first-generation college student and former chemist, Roz’s journey exemplifies resilience and determination. 

Her impact extends beyond corporate boardrooms, inspiring countless individuals to strive for excellence regardless of background or circumstance.

Jane Fraser

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At the helm of Citi, Jane Fraser is steering the world’s most global bank towards a transformative future. 

As per Citi, since assuming the role of CEO in 2021, Jane has spearheaded initiatives to modernize and simplify banking for the digital age. 

With nearly two decades of experience at Citi, her leadership spans various sectors, including consumer banking and institutional finance. 

Beyond her corporate duties, Jane’s commitment to social and economic progress is evident through her involvement in organizations such as the Council on Foreign Relations. She is also active in the Business Roundtable.

Lisa Su

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As chair and CEO of AMD, Dr. Lisa Su has led the company’s transformation into a global leader in high-performance computing. 

With a background in electrical engineering and over two decades of industry experience, Lisa’s journey is a testament to her technical prowess. According to AMD, her leadership acumen shines through.

Her numerous accolades, such as Fortune naming her Business Person of the Year, underscore her impact and influence in the semiconductor industry.

Lisa’s commitment to innovation and excellence continues to inspire future generations of leaders in technology and beyond.

Power She-EOs

These remarkable women serve as beacons of inspiration, empowering individuals of all ages and backgrounds to pursue their dreams relentlessly. 

Their journeys remind us that barriers are meant to be broken, and the path to success knows no gender. 

Here’s to these trailblazers and the countless women they inspire along the way. Cheers to being inspired and inspiring others!

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