Crain's recently published this list of notable women stating "Notable executive women over 50? Why don't you feature notable men?" It's a fair question, but let's face it: Women reaching the highest levels of business remains a work in progress. A generation ago, women in the C-suite were a novelty and, before that, they were few and far between.
Despite progress, women are still scarce among senior leaders, according to a 2018 report by nonprofit group Catalyst. Only 4.8 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs are women, and women account for less than a quarter of senior roles globally.
But a look through our list reveals women thriving as CEOs and other members of the C-suite, entrepreneurs and top managers in law, accounting, consulting, real estate and nonprofits. That should provide encouragement and inspiration for the next generation of women moving up.
NACD Chicago is proud to acknowledge Susan Crown, Julie Howard, Diane Pearse, Becky Sheehan and NACD Chicago Board member, Sara Sirotzky.
METHODOLOGY: The honorees did not pay to be included. Their profiles were drawn from the nomination materials submitted. This list is not comprehensive. It includes only individuals for whom nominations were submitted and accepted after a review by editors. To qualify for the list, an honoree must currently be in a C-suite or equivalent role, have turned 50 by the publication date and be based in the Chicago area.