Celebrating women of color is a year-round thing at XXTRA and we’re excited to highlight some of the most powerful women of color in business around the world. Many of these women either are on or previously have been on the Forbes Most Powerful Women’s List. They are running billion-dollar companies and showing that women can be successful in the C-Suite.
Here some of the most powerful women of color in business around the world:
Indra Nooyi is an Indian American global business leader that has consistently been ranked by Fortune Magazine as one of the World’s Most Powerful Women. Currently, she is Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo, which is the second largest food and beverage company in the world, generating more than $1 billion in estimated annual retail sales in 2016. In February 2018, Nooyi was appointed to the International Cricket Council as the organization’s first independent female director.
Janice Bryant Howroyd is a businesswoman that is celebrated as the first African American woman to run and own a billion-dollar company. She is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of ACT•1 Group, which is the largest woman-minority owned workforce management company founded in the United States. In 2011, Howroyd received the National Association of Women Business Owners Hall of Fame Award and was honored as a trailblazer.
Geisha Williams is celebrated as the first Latina CEO on the Fortune 500 list in 2017. She was one of only two women of color to make the list; Indra Nooyi was the other. Williams is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Gas & Electric Corporation, a multi-billion dollar energy-based holding company in San Francisco. Currently, she serves as a director for the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies and as the board chair for the Center for Energy and Workforce Development.
Cher Wang is a Taiwanese entrepreneur that landed on Forbes Most Powerful Women list in 2014. She is a co-founder and chairperson of HTC Corporation, a company that designs and manufactures smart mobile devices internationally. Wang is lauded as one of the most powerful women in technology, especially in wireless. In 2011, Wang, along with her husband, co-founded Guizhou Forerunner College, which provides free or low-cost education to students from low-income families in China.
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw is an Indian billionaire entrepreneur that has landed on Forbes Most Powerful Woman list in 2015, 2016, and 2017. She is the chairperson and managing director of Biocon Limited, India’s largest biopharmaceutical company. Shaw is the second richest woman in India and is worth a fortune of $3.6 billion. She is praised as India’s richest self-made woman and is featured on Forbes World’s Billionaires’ list in 2018.
Ann Marie Campbell is a Jamaican American business executive that was named on the Fortune’s Most Powerful List of 2017. Campbell is an executive vice president of Home Depot’s U.S. Stores and is a 32-year veteran of the company. She runs three of its U.S. operating divisions, which generates roughly $87 billion in sales. Currently, she serves as an independent director at Barnes & Noble and a director at the Potbelly Corporation.