Why Forbes “100 Most Innovative Leaders” List Hurt Half of America

Oct 29, 2019 | 0 comments

Believe me, I’m as shocked as the rest of you! Forbes, a global outlet that has championed some of the most forward-thinking articles in business and shaped some of the most influential decision makers in the corporate world, only listed ONE woman in their list of America’s 100 Most Innovative Leaders? A true disappointment. And Forbes editor Randall Lane summed it up best: “We blew it.”

This is a magazine that not only reaches millions of people across the globe, it’s also a go-to resource for C-suites and entrepreneurs. Just look at some of their readership stats*:

  • #1 most shared publisher on LinkedIn
  • 5 million U.S. readership
  • 45 million social followers
  • 54% male readers | 46% female readers

What a shame this list devalues the work of thousands of amazing businesswomen across America and fails to support gender equity.

Contrary to Forbes implications, women are absolutely indispensable in making this world more innovative, energetic and better overall! And for my part, I’d like to present a mini list of women I believe are the definition of “innovative leaders.”

  1. Tina Brown; Founder of live journalism platform Women in the World
  2. Allison Esposito Medina; Founder of Tech Ladies
  3. Indra Nooyl; Former Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo
  4. Sheila Johnson; Co-Founder of Black Entertainment Television
  5. Sheryl Sandberg; COO of Facebook and founder of Leanin.org
  6. Nina Roque; CEO of National Women’s Business Council
  7. Maria Kelts; Head Diversity & Inclusion Practitioner at Walmart
  8. Guwan Jones; Chief Diversity Officer for Baylor Scott & White Health
  9. Lisa Gelobter; Founder of tEQuitable
  10. Ginni Rometty; CEO & President of IBM


*Stats taken from Forbes website and 2019 media kit




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