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.

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. Ten of our award winners have already taken their corporation’s top seat; we believe there will be many, many more.

Below is a list of our CEO alumni that we’re proud to say have been Women Worth Watching®.

NameCompanyYear WWWCEO
Karen S. LynchKaren S. LynchCVS Health20192021
Lori SingletonLori SingletonArizona Forward Established 196920162017
Rachel TaylorRachel TaylorNubix20162017
Alex JohnstonAlex Johnston360 Concussion Care20152020
Stacey D. StewartStacey D. StewartMarch of Dimes20152016
Frances AllenFrances AllenCheckers Rally’s20142020
Maggie Chan JonesMaggie Chan JonesTenshey20142017
Dr. Rhonda MedowsDr. Rhonda MedowsAyin Health Solutions20132018
Jennifer ShermanJennifer ShermanFederal Signal20132016
Rita Johnson-MillsRita Johnson-MillsNightingale Partners20112020–2021
Joyce Aiko McCullochJoyce Aiko McCulloch

Ai Inclusion

20112019
Carrie YoungCarrie YoungUnravel My Travels Relax We've Got Your Plans20112019
Sharon RossiSharon RossiFoodScience Corporation20112017
Mary T. BarraMary T. BarraGeneral Motors20112013
Kathleen GibsonKathleen GibsonSouthwestern Medical Foundation20112012
Mary Tuuk KurasMary Tuuk KurasGrand Rapids Symphony20102019
Deborah GillisDeborah GillisCatalyst Workplaces That Work For Women20102014-2018
Patricia KamplingPatricia KamplingAlliant Energy20102012
Stacy Brown-PhilpotStacy Brown-PhilpotTaskRabbit20092016–2020
Heidi ShyuHeidi Shyu

Heidi Shyu Inc.

20082016
Lynne DoughtieLynne DoughtieKPMG20082015
Karen SockKaren Sock

Sock Enterprises Inc.

20082008
Beth MooneyBeth MooneyKey Bank20072011
Helena FoulkesHelena FoulkesHudson’s Bay Company20062018–2020
Cynthia Hardy YoungCynthia Hardy YoungPivot Global Partners Ignite Transform Succeed20062014
Michele BuckMichele BuckHershey's20052017
Ilene H. LangIlene H. LangCatalyst Workplaces That Work For Women20052008-2013
Marillyn HewsonMarillyn HewsonLockheed Martin20052013
Judy MarksJudy MarksOtis Elevator Company20042017
Ellen KullmanEllen KullmanDuPont20042009-2015
Patricia WoertzPatricia WoertzArcher Daniels Midland20042009-2014
Ursula BurnsUrsula BurnsXerox20032009-2016
Lynn L. ElsenhansLynn L. ElsenhansSunoco20032008-2012