Martin Luther King Jr. I Have a Dream

From Women Worth Watching to CEO

When Profiles in Diversity Journal launched its inaugural Women Worth Watching™ issue in 2002, there were only 11 women at the helm of a Fortune 1000 company. Today, there are several dozen spanning Fortune 1000, Fortune 500 and Fortune 100, a good number of whom were recognized as Women Worth Watching before stepping into that role. Here are some of their stories:

Mary Barra – General Motors – 2011

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Patricia Kampling – Alliant Energy – 2010

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Kathleen Mazzarella – Graybar Electric – 2009

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Denise Ramos – ITT – 2008

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Beth Mooney – KeyCorp – 2007

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Marilyn Hewson – Lockheed Martin – 2005

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Patricia Woertz – Archer Daniels Midland – 2004

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Ursula Burns – Xerox – 2003

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Ellen Kullman – Dupont – 2003

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Over the years, we have recognized thousands of talented women who were nominated by their organizations for their impact on their workplaces and our world. In doing so, we have chronicled a movement and revealed a developing pipeline of leaders whose passion and potential simply cannot be ignored. Nine of our award winners have already taken their corporation’s top seat; we believe there will be many, many more.

Click on the photos above to see how these nine “future” CEOs described leadership and success. Then, nominate the Woman Worth Watching in your organization.