Top 10 Women in Business, Worth Knowing

Often times as parents, we rely heavily on the media as dedicator and number one influence in our children’s life. Until one day we decide to limit the exposure of media, and instead, introduce our children to prominent leaders in our community. Working Mom in 20s has taken the liberty to put together a ‘Top 10 list of women in Business Worth Knowing ‘and these leaders we think make the best role models for our young girls.

#10. Condoleezza Rice -66th U.S. Secretary of State

Condoleezza Rice born November 14, 1954 is an American political scientist and diplomat. Rice was appointed national security adviser by President George W. Bush, becoming the first black woman (and second woman) to hold the post, and went on to become the first black woman to serve as U.S. Secretary of State.

Fun Facts:

  • Rice began to learn French, music, figure skating and ballet all at the very tender age of 3. 
  • At the age of 15, she played Mozart with the Denver Symphony, and while Secretary of State she played regularly with a chamber music group in Washington.
  • At age 26, she received her Ph.D. in political science from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.
    Rice is an accomplished pianist and has performed in public since she was a young girl.


The essence of America – that which really unites us – is not ethnicity, or nationality or religion – it is an idea – and what an idea it is: That you can come from humble circumstances and do great things.

#9. Janet Yellen, Chair Federal Reserve, United States

Janet Yellen is the 1st woman to Chair Federal Reserve Bank. ranked Yellen as one the most influential women in business in the world.

Fun Facts:

  • Yellen is an American Economist.
  • Yellen graduated with Summa Cum Laude from Pembroke College (Brown University) with a degree in Economics.
  • In 1971, Yellen received her PH.D. in Economics from Yale University.
  • Yellen was a Business Professor of Economics,  at Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley.  Twice award has the Haas School’s outstanding teaching award.
  • In 2014, she was ranked, #2 in the most powerful women in the world Forbes’ List. Janet Yellen Photo Credit:

“It slightly worries me that when people find a problem, they rush to judgment of what to do.”


#8. Susan Wojcicki, CEO Youtube

Susan Wojcicki earned her bachelors degree from Harvard University in 1990; graduating with honors in History and Literature. Wojcicki earned her MBA from Anderson School of Management, UCLA, class of 1998. In addition, earned her Masters in Science in Economics from University of Santa Cruz in 1993.

Her path to the technology industry, began with her playing an integral role in the start up from Google. Rendering her garage to Founder of Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Wojcicki most notably work for Google, was through her leadership in the creation of Adwords, AdSense, DoubleClick, and Google Analytics. Adsense ultimately became Google’s second largest revenue stream.

Fun Facts:

  • Wojcicki was named Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business for 4 years straight. Improving her ranking by the year.
  • Forbes Magazine ranked Wojcicki one of the most powerful women in the world for 4 years straight. This year she ranked #16.
  • February 2014 became the head of Youtube

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“At the end of the day, both men and women who become CEOs have showed tenacity and hard work to succeed in their careers. It takes not just skills but also extreme dedication and commitment. And regardless of gender, CEOs are measured by the same criteria – the growth and success of the business.”

#7 Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, SVP& Chief Tax Officer
(CTO) of Wal-mart Inc.

Ms. Babineaux-Fontent, oversees global tax administration and compliance issues for Wal-Mart in the U.S. and 22 other countries that oversees 32 worldwide locations.

She joined Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., in 2004, as Vice President of Audit and Tax Policy, and was promoted to senior vice president and the company’s chief tax officer in 2006. In February 2012, she received a promotion in her duties to include financial responsibilities for Global Sourcing Organization.

Fun Facts:

  • Ms. Babineaux-Fontenot attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.She received her J.D. from Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge.She holds a L.L.M. in Taxation from Southern Methodist University School of Law in Dallas, TX
  • The Uptown Professional Top 100 Executive lists ranked Babinaeux-Fontenot as #6.
  • Black Enterprise ranked Babineaux-Fontenot as one 100 Most Powerful Women in Business.
  • Diversity Edge Magazine, identified her as “Women worth Watching”
  • Mother of 2 children, a boy & a girl

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#6. Ursula Burns, CEO of Xerox

Burns was named CEO of Xerox in July 2009. In her 5 years as CEO, Burns helped Xerox  $21.4 billion in full-year revenue, according to She is the 1st African American Women CEO to head a Fortune 500 company.

Fun Facts:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Science from Polytechnic Institute
  • Master of Science, Columbia University
  • In 2014 Forbes ranked Burns as  #22 of the most Powerful Woman in the World
  • Started at Xerox as a summer Intern
  • Mother of 2 Children

“I’ve had many mentors, but the one that has the most impact was my mother.”

#5. Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo 

Mayer became CEO OF Yahoo in 2012. Former executive and key spokesperson for Google. She joined Google as employee #20 and was the company’s first female engineer. She wrote codes and worked on the Google’s search engines while leading a team of other engineers.  Her most notable works at Google, was Google Images, Google Maps, and Gmail (and much more).

Fun Facts:

  • Mayer excelled in Chemistry, Calculus, Biology, and Physics in grade school.
  • At Stanford University, Mayer danced in the school ballet’s Nutcracker.
  • In 2013 & 2014 Forbes magazine ranked her on the 100 list of the World most powerful women.
  • Mayer was the first women to be listed as #1 on Fortune magazine’s annual list of Top 40 business stars under 40.

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“You can be good at technology and like fashion and art. You can be good at technology and be a jock. You can be good at technology and be a mom. You can do it your way, on your terms.”

#4. Folorunsho Alakija, Executive Vice-Chairmen of Famfa Oil

Mrs. Alakija is a Philanthropist, an African Fashion Icon.  In her early career, Alakija was in the banking industry. But she found most passion in enriching the lives of others through her creativity in Fashion. Turning the Rose of Share House of Fashion into a household name. She served as a national president and lifelong trustee of the Fashion Designers Association of Nigeria (FADAN), where she was notable for promoting Nigerian culture through fashion and style.

Fun Facts:

  • In 1993, Alakija applied for allocation of an oil prospecting license (OPL). This license would allow for exploration on a 617,000 acre block. Was granted to Alakija’s company, Famfa Limited. This oil block would inevitably turn her empire into a multi-billion dollar empire. With an estimated net-worth of $3.3 Billion
  • Alakija is a mother of Four boys and now a grandmother.
  • Alakija is noted to be the first and only woman to lead a Print and Promotion company that specializes in monograming and screen printing for promotional and gift items.
  • Alakija ranked #96 on Forbes List Most Powerful Women in the World.
  • Studied Fashion Design in England

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“It’s essential to draw up a “things to do” list on a daily basis and set priorities in executing them, making sure that any unfinished task get posted to the next day’s list.”

#3. Safra Catz, Co-CEO & CFO of Oracle

Safra Catz, is an Israeli born American. She is notably the highest paid female executive in the world. Earning $51.7 million Annually. Catz joined oracle and become a member of the board in 2001. Catz is recognized for her ability to recommend the right acquisition at right time, at the right price. Her role in the company has help generate up to $37.2 billion through acquisitions she oversaw.

Fun Facts:

  • Ms. Catz was also appointed to a three-year term as member of the Board of Directors for HSBC Holdings plc, one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organizations.
  • Rank #14 Fortune Magazine Most Powerful Women
  • Rank #24 Forbes Magazine Most Powerful Women in the World
  • Catz earned her Bachelor’s degree rom Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. from University of Pennsylvania Law School.

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“The best advice I can give to women is to go out and start something, ideally their own businesses. If you can’t see a path for leadership within your own company, go blaze a trail of your own.”

#2  Chief Amina Temitope Ajayi, Founder & CEO of NAAEP & Chairman GC4Women

Ajayi is the Founder/CEO of the Nigerian American Agricultural Empowerment Program (NAAEP), which engages in the Agricultural empowerment of farmers, women and young Adults in Nigeria in order to increase foods sufficiency and sustainable employment for women and youths in the agricultural sector.[8] NAAEP has been a grassroots organization that trains and empowers farmers in mechanized farming system, while facilitating business loans, accessibility to farm implements, and the harvesting and marketing of their end product both locally and internationally. Chief Mrs. Temitope Ajayi a.k.a Mama Diaspora was one of the delegates that represented the National Council for Women Society during the just concluded Confab. via wikipedia 

Fun Facts:

  • 1st Daughter of late Mr. Hector & Mrs. Elizabeth Labinjo,
  • Mother of Five Adult Children , 3 daughters and 2 sons
  • Named Honorary Fellowship recipient, Institute of Information Technology
  • She was appointed Special Assistant to the Deputy Governor of Lagos State
  • Philanthropy: she established a Fashion/Technical school for underprivileged students in Ibadan, Nigeria in 1980-1985
  • Non Profit Sector: Honorable Chair at the Global Connections for Women foundation (GC4W)

Chief Temitope Ajayi

“By the special grace of the Almighty God insha allah’,  I will be representing the National Council of Women Societies and become part of the committee for Nigerian Foreign Affairs and partner with the United Nation on African Diaspora matters.” Chief Amina Temitope Ajayi 

Recent Feature: Huffington Post 

#1: Hillary Rodham Clinton, 67th United States Secretary of State

Hillary Clinton, the former First Lady of The United States. Clinton played an integral role in advocating for the creation of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Adoption and Safe Families Act, and the Foster Care Independence Act. Only First Lady to ever run for public Office.

Fun Facts:

  • Served as President of the Wellesley Young Republican
  • After the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Rodham assembled a two day student strike with fellow Wellesley College
  • African American students and faculty members.
  • Married to Former President of United States, Bill Clinton
  • Mother of One and a Grandmother
  • Hillary was the single first lady at time to hold a post graduate degree, and have her own professional career.
  • Alma Mater, Wellesley College, BA and Yale Law School, J.D.


Human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights.” Hillary Rodham Clinton 

By: D.M.A.W.


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