11 Powerful Women: Business Advice from the C-Suite

The are only 18 Fortune 500 CEOs who are women, and The Wall Street Journal asked 11 of them what it [...]

May 24 2012 by ChiefExecutive.net


The are only 18 Fortune 500 CEOs who are women, and The Wall Street Journal asked 11 of them what it takes to make it into the male-dominated C-suite.

Here’s what some of them had to say:

  • Maggie Wilderotter, CEO of Frontier Communications: ”For a lot of women, they think the myth is true, that if they just do a good job and work hard, they’ll get recognized. That’s not the case”
  • Beth Mooney, CEO of Keycorp: ”I have stepped up to many ‘ugly’ assignments that others didn’t want.”
  • WellPoint CEO Angela Braly: “The most important factor in determining whether you will succeed isn’t your gender, it’s you…Be open to opportunity and take risks. In fact, take the worst, the messiest, the most challenging assignment you can find, and then take control.”

These powerful women, and the other 8 who commented for the article, stressed many of the same important things:

  • Find and utilize mentors
  • Be on the lookout for new opportunities and ask about them (because you might be otherwise overlooked)
  • Don’t wait to be noticed
  • Take on any and all assignments to really learn the ins and outs of the company
  • Assess, and share, your performance through external benchmarking

For Karol Wasylyshyn’s 5 Do’s and Don’ts for women on how to get to the C-suite, click here.

Read: How Women Can Get Ahead: Advice From Female CEOs