Jean Brittingham, founder of social venture SmartGirls’ Way, is a passionate believer in the idea that women have unique strengths that position them for success in creating a thriving economy. “I work with women entrepreneurs because that’s the way to change the economy. We need to leverage the strong skills and mechanisms women have." Jean is a speaker at the Women in Innovation Summit, in September 2012. We are looking forward to it! #WINS2012 www.wins2012.org
Christine Do, CEO of Soft Tech Consulting. At 17 Christine Do was forced out of war-ridden Saigon by the American withdrawal from the Vietnam War. Her family immigrated to the United States and found their way to a small town in upstate New York. Today her company provides a range of technology consulting services. In 2010, she was chosen as one of the Top 10 Asian Entrepreneurs from Inc.
Vicky Thompson, President and CEO of Valuation Management Group. Vicky Thompson worked for 18 years with Fleet Finance, where she ascended to vice president of operations before setting out to found Valuation Management Group in 2006. Thompson has said that she had to learn how to grow her business with little capital, but that the hard work has paid off. This year, her company was recognized by the Atlanta Business Chronicle with a Pacemaker Award as one of the city’s outstanding…
Indigo Johnson, Founder and CEO Careers In Transition Tucker, Ga. After years of working within companies and creating unusual programs, Indigo Johnson developed entrepreneurial skills and, in 1995, founded her own company—Careers In Transition. The company offers training, staff augmentation and project management to federal agencies, universities, and corporations.
With her husband Gary, Diane Heavin founded the fitness chain, Curves in 1992. The chain has since grown into the world’s largest fitness franchise, with nearly 10,000 in over 70 countries. The company, which serves over 4 million members, is about strengthening women, as their motto states. Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/50-women-entrepreneurs-who-inspire-us-2010-12?op=1#ixzz24M01JqHj
Ellen Kullman is CEO of DuPont, the 72nd biggest company in America, according to the Fortune 500 list. Kullman oversaw an 18% rise in revenues and a 14% increase in profits at the chemical company in 2011.