You don’t have to look very far to find accomplished, very intelligent women at the helm of large corporations. Forbes’ contributor, Cheryl Conner, quotes passages from Sharon Lechter’s new book “Think and Grow Rich for Women: Using Your Power To Create Success and Significance”. Ms. Lechter lists that,
“60 percent of all personal wealth in the U.S. is held by women, 85 percent of all consumer purchases in the U.S. are made by women, and women over the age of 50 have a combined net worth of $19 trillion.”
As Ms. Conner states when listing those statistics, “we’re a pretty powerful bunch”.
Women In Big Business
Recently Johns Hopkins announced that Redonda Miller, M.D., M.B.A., has become the first female president in its 127-year history. “Redonda’s extraordinary combination of exceptional medical prowess, years of progressive administrative experience, and the well-earned respect of senior clinical and administrative leadership will serve us all well” stated Ronald R. Peterson, who has held the title of president of John Hopkins Hospital for 19 years.
Forbes lists “The World’s 20 Most Powerful Women in Business”. Some of these impressive names include: Sheryl Sandberg, who was for four years Facebook COO, and now is named to their Board of Directors, Sue Naegle, President of Time Warner’s HBO Entertainment, juggling $100 million budgets, and Marissa Mayer, the new CEO of Yahoo. Also included are Virginia Rometty, IBM CEO with $100 billion in revenues, Mary Barra, the highest ranking woman at General Motors overseeing 36,000 people, and Safra Catz, CFO of Oracle Software. These women and the others listed in the piece show us how impressive women in the corporate workplace have become.
Women Business Owners
We can also consider another aspect of women in business. Along with the number of big businesses benefiting from women’s expertise, there are more women owning their own small businesses. In a Fox Business article by Rohit Aroha it is stated that the Guardian Small Business Research Institute projects that women-owned businesses will generate 5 million new jobs by the year 2018. Aroha lists five reasons why women-owned businesses are thriving:
- Costs of launching a business have dropped
- The idea of working from home suits many females just fine
- Promotional costs have plummeted, thanks to digital marketing and social media
- Use of technology in small business lending has quickened the process and lowered the cost of capital
- More women than men attend and graduate from college these days
So, as shown, women are doing very well in small business as well as the corporate world.
Danielle Wilson: Air Ambulance Business Owner
Another highly successful business woman is United Medevac Solutions’ own President and Chief Executive Officer, Danielle Wilson (DeDe). An accomplished health care executive and someone with over two decades of air medical experience, DeDe brings proficient skill to her career and has the dedication it takes to get patients the very best care possible. She oversees all clinical and administrative operations, finance and strategy procedures, and vision and mission planning. Also, she is a charter board member of the Texas Chapter of the National Flight Nurse Association. In addition, she founded the Central Texas Disaster Medical Assistance Team. She is President and CEO of sister company Aero Jet Medical. This company was the recipient of the Army’s Medical Center Commander’s Award of Excellence.
DeDe calls herself a “global nomad”, a term coined due to her passion for exploring new cultures during her extensive world travels.
So, as we can see, women are more than up for the challenges that accompany running big business as well as small business. Their motivation and enthusiasm instill both admiration and inspiration in all of us when we read of their strong achievements.