This year’s Forbes 50 most powerful women in business list has five minority women. Personally, I see this as a great news and encouragement. It proves that your race, ethnicity cannot hold you back. If you have the drive, sky is the limit.
Indra Nooyi: Nooyi is ranked first in the list. She is the CEO of Pepsi Co. Last year Indra Nooyi was ranked 11th.
Nooyi, a graduate of Yale School of Management is married with two daughters. She lives in
. Before she joined Pepsi Co, Nooyi has worked with The Boston Consulting Group, Motorola and Asea Brown Boveri.
Andrea Jung: Jung, CEO of Avon since 1999 is credited with reviving the tiring brand and making it competitive one again. She is ranked 7th year, moving down two places from last year’s position.
, Andrea Jung’s mother is a chemical engineer from
and father an architect from
. A graduate of
, Jung has two children.
Oprah Winfrey: Oprah Winfrey needs no introduction. The queen of day time talk show is one of the most admired and talked about media personality in . Chairman of Harpo Inc. Oprah runs a media empire which consists of a Magazine, Radio show, TV show and numerous philanthropy projects. She is ranked 8th this year, coming down four positions from last year’s ranking.
Christine Poon: Poon is Vice Chairman, Worldwide Chairman, Medicines and Nutritionals Group, Johnson & Johnson. Ranked 11th this year, she graduated from
with a degree in biology.
Ursula Burns: Burns is the SVP and President, Business Group Operations, Xerox. Ranked 27th this year, Burns is married with two children. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from Polytechnic Institute of New York and mechanical engineering degree from
Did you notice one thing? Three of the women listed above, Ursula Burns, Andrea Jung and Indra Nooyi are married with children, except for Jung who is separated. If you are mom who thinks that climbing up the corporate ladder is not for you, please think again. These women run large corporations and still manage their family life. So the notion that once you are a mother you have to say goodbye to your dreams is a big fat lie.
Women can really have it all, we just have to try harder and dream bigger.