50 Most Powerful Moms of 2016

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Working Mothers Magazine names 50 Most Powerful Moms of 2016

From Working Mother: Yes, immense income and professional stature certainly count in culling our list of the most formidable women with kids 18 and under. But also on our checklist is the ability to influence and inspire us to reach higher and further in building better lives for ourselves.

Women in the fields of entertainment, publishing, fashion, finance, marketing, politics, retail, and tech are honored by the magazine, which launched in 1979. Writer Vivian Manning-Shaffel scanned the globe and worked closely with the team at Working Mother to narrow the list down to these 50 moms. And while some may be obvious choices, you’ll want to hear about several women who are changing the world, even if not so publicly. See the full list!

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Here are some of the notable honorees…

Cathy Engelbert, CEO Deloitte

The first woman to be named CEO of the largest professional services firm in the nation, this 30-year Deloitte veteran is in charge of $14.9 billion in revenue and 70,000 employees. What’s more, she plans to hire 25,000 more by the end of this year—lucky hires-to-be, as Deloitte is a longtime Working Mother Best Company. Cathy has said she’s dealt with many companies that lack the strong commitment to women shown by Deloitte, stressing that it’s important for both men and women be honest about the time they take for their families in order to set a better precedent. “Sometimes we’re our own worst enemy and don’t think we can raise our hand and ask for flexibility and predictability,” she told Fortune. “We have clients that need to be served, but they’re looking to us to be role models and leaders, and that’s one thing I found in my career. Even clients were looking to see how I balanced it all, so I became more cognizant and made sure they knew when I was leaving. I coached my daughter’s basketball team for four years, for instance, and I was not shy about it. I said when I was leaving for a practice or a game, and they respected that and used to come and say, ‘I’m so glad you were honest with us because I didn’t think I could leave for my daughter’s dance recital, and now I know I can.’” We hope more leaders will learn from her example.

Carolyn McCallCEO, easyJet

During a speech at the Omniwomen UK Leadership Summit in March, she explained: “It’s proven that women get to a stage where they’d rather work for themselves instead of a corporate structure that they find exhausting, as they have to negotiate and navigate to get what they want.” To change that, she’s made sure her company offers, among other things, job sharing and four-day workweeks to retain female talent. If only more CEOs were like Carolyn.

Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook

“[Children] do better emotionally, they have stronger relationships with their parents, they do better in school, and they do better professionally. So the reason to work towards equality—if you’re a woman or a man—is because it’s going to help you.” As co-chair of the Stand Up for Kids campaign, Sheryl recently announced her goal to raise $7 million to end childhood hunger. “My children and I go regularly to distribution and we hand eight bananas to a family of five—that’s for a month,” she recently told her local NBC affiliate. “We know we can do more.”

Who’s your favorite from Working Mother’s 50 Most Powerful Moms?

Vivian Manning SchaffelVivian Manning-Schaffel is a contributing editor at Working Mother, and she also writes for US Weekly, Prevention and a variety of publications. Plus, she’s the writer/producer and co-host of Soapbox Dirty, a funny pop culture podcast commentary on iTunes. 

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