In celebration of Women’s month I would like to know your list of the top women who inspire you, whether they’re authors, entrepreneurs, artists, or futurists like yourself!
— Jane B.
What a fantastic way to celebrate Women’s month! It was hard to choose a list that would fit in this format. I’ve categorized them and included a blurb for each extraordinary woman.
AGING, WELLNESS, HEALTH & LONGEVITY, BUSINESS OF AGING
Adriane Berg is a broadcaster, speaker, and consultant. She is also the host of the Generational Bold Podcast.
Ana João Sepulveda is the President of Age Friendly Portugal and a global leader and speaker on longevity.
Anna A. Tavis, PhD. is a Clinical Professor at NYU, author, researcher, and coach.
Anna Pereira is the CEO of The Wellness Universe, the Chairwoman Soul Ventures, and an author and mentor.
Barbara Waxman MS, MPA, PCC is the founder of Odyssey Group Coaching, as well as a gerontologist, speaker, author.
Bonnie Marcus is one of the new breed of “Gendered Ageism” experts, an executive coach, author, keynote speaker, Forbes Columnist, and host of the podcast Badass Women At Any Age.
Bernadette Melnyk is the VP for Health Promotion, University Chief Wellness Officer, Dean of the College of Nursing.
Debbie Marshall is Managing Director of Silver Marketing Association, UK.
Debra Gibson, N.D. is a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine.
Dr. Tracey Gendron is the Chair for the Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Gerontology and the Executive Director of the Virginia Center on Aging, a keynote speaker, and author.
Elizabeth Isele is the founder and CEO of Global Institute for Experienced Entrepreneurship and the leading woman on the immense value of the older person as entrepreneurs.
Esther (Semsei) Greenhouse, M.S. is the CEO of Silver To Gold Strategies. She is an Environmental Gerontologist and Longevity Economy Strategist.
Jacquelyn James is the Co-director, Center on Aging & Work at Boston College.
Jane Silk is the CMO of Silver Marketing Association, UK.
Jean Galiana MASM is a gerontologist and an author.
Jeanette Leardi is a Social Gerontologist, Public Speaker, Community Educator, independent Writer and Editor.
Katy Fike Ph.D. is the Co-Founder of Aging2.0. and gerontologist.
Maddy Dychtwald is an author and speaker (among other things) on aging and the global economy.
Nancy Griffin is the Founder of SeniorTrade, podcaster, and journalist.
Paula Marie Usrey, M.S., CPRC is the Founder of Boomer Best U, author, and speaker.
Sharon Solomon Rose is a Social Gerontologist working to foster intergenerational companies and communities.
Sky Bergman is a wonderful photographer and filmmaker, showing how people between 75-100 (or more) are living their best lives.
Stella Fosse is an author who hosts writing workshops, with a focus on the issue of gendered ageism.
Susan Flory is a broadcast media consultant and the creator of The Big Middle podcast.
Amy Webb is a quantitative futurist and author.
Anne Boysen is a speaker and futurist.
April Rinne is a keynote speaker, futurist, and author.
Cindy Frewen, FAIA, PhD is an architect, urban futurist, adjunct professor, and writer.
Dr. Claire A. Nelson is one of Forbes 50 Female Futurists, a sustainability engineer, consultant, and a White House Champion of Change.
Duena Blomstrom is an author, keynote speaker, and the founder of CPO.
Elatia Abate is a Forbes Female Futurist and a global keynote speaker.
Emma Pezzack is the Co-Founder of the Femme Futurists Society.
Erica Orange is the EVP & COO of The Future Hunters.
Heather E. McGowan is a futurist, keynote speaker, corporate strategist, author, and a partner at ImpactEleven.
Joyce Gioia, MBA, CSP, CMC, FIMC is a strategic business futurist.
Julie Friedman Steele is the CEO and Board Chair of the World Future Society, an entrepreneur and investor.
Mimi Stokes is a futurist, with an emphasis on sustainability and the teachings of Greek Drama.
Nancy Giordano is the Co-Founder of the Femme Futurists Society, futurist, keynote speaker, and author.
Patricia Lustig is the CEO of LASA Insight and a board member of the Association of Professional Futurists.
Riane Eisler is the President at Center for Partnership Systems and an author, futurist, speaker, and consultant.
Robin Champ is the Chief of the Enterprise Strategy Division for the U.S. Secret Service and a Strategy and Foresight Leader.
Sari Stenfors is a futurist and strategist who has founded over 20 new businesses.
Wendy Schultz is the Director of Infinite Futures.
FUTURE OF WORK, EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, SYSTEM/ENTERPRISE DISRUPTION, AND TRANSFORMATION OF
PEOPLE & CULTURE
Annalisa Enrile, Ph.D (USC) is a game changer professor, program lead of the first Phd program focused on practitioners vs. academic tenure track graduates, and writer.
Brigette Hyacinth is the author of Leading the Workforce of the Future and a keynote speaker.
Carol Gorelick Ed.D, MBA is a consultant, professor, author, practitioner, and mentor.
Carol Kinsey Goman, Ph.D. is a speaker on Leadership Presence and Body Language and an author.
Dr. Anastassia Lauterbach is the Managing Director for The ExCo Leadership Group, a writer, speaker, and leadership coach.
Janice Gassam Asare, Ph.D. is an anti-racism educator, DEI consultant, speaker, trainer, workshop facilitator, and writer.
Kelly Swingler is psychologist, executive coach, speaker, and author.
Marie Cini is a higher education leader and innovator.
Maureen Metcalf is the CEO of the Innovative Leadership Institute, a speaker, author, and radio host.
Michele Gibbons-Carr, Ph.D is a psychologist, coach, professor, and organizational consultant.
COACHES & LEADERSHIP
Ursula Reeg is a corporate trainer.
CAREER TRAJECTORY & JOB SEARCH
Hannah Morgan is a job search strategist, speaker, and trainer.
Helen Harkness PhD is a career consultant, coach, and owner of Career Design Associates, Inc.
Joan Learn is a career and job search consultant.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, & INCLUSION (DEI)
Deborah Levine is a Forbes D&I Trailblazer, award-winning author, founder/editor American Diversity Report, and Cognitive Diversity inventor.
Janice Gassam Asare, Ph.D. works to promote anti-racism in the workplace, is a DEI Consultant, TEDx Speaker, and Forbes Senior Contributor.
Neivia Justa is a Communication, Culture, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Leader.
Netta Jenkins, MBA (As Seen on Forbes) is a diversity and inclusion executive, author, and Co-Founder of Dipper.
Barbara (Hessekiel) Waxman MS, MPA, PCC is a leadership coach, gerontologist, speaker, author, and an aging and longevity angel investor.
Melinda French Gates is the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the founder of Pivotal Ventures, and author of The Moment of Lift.
MEDIA & JOURNALISTS
Arianna Huffington is the co-founder of The Huffington Post, the founder and CEO of Thrive Global, and author.
Dorie Clark is a strategy consultant, executive coach, and keynote speaker.
Katie Couric is a journalist, presenter, producer, and author.
Michelle Goldberg is a journalist, author, and an op-ed columnist for The New York Times.
Mika Brzezinski is a journalist, talk show host, political commentator, author, and co-hosts MSNBC’s show, Morning Joe. A spokeswoman for women.
Rachel Maddow is the host of the Rachel Maddow Show and an author.
WOMEN & THE FUTURE
Carole Hyatt is the founder and president at Mission: Getting to Next and multiple book author.
Gloria Feldt is a leadership speaker, author, co-founder/president of Take The Lead, and a gender parity and diversity/inclusion expert.
Suzanne Levine is an author and editor, who writes about women and their place at the table.
TRANSFORMATIONAL PSYCHO-SPIRITUAL EXPLORATION/DEVELOPMENT
Anna Ivara is a facilitator and teacher, specializing in Personal Development and Alternative Therapy.
Carolyn Conger, PhD is the owner of Conger Seminars. She is a consultant and teacher, focusing on psychological growth and spirituality.
Marion Woodman (deceased) was an author, poet, analytical psychologist, and women’s movement figure.
Sidra Stone is co-founder with her husband, Hal Stone (deceased) of Voice Dialogue International and an independent professional training and coaching professional. She has co-authored and authored multiple titles. My favorite is Shadow King—a must read for all teen girls and women.
VISIONARIES in LEADERSHIP & THE FUTURE OF WORK
Frances Hesselbein (deceased) is the former CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA, the president and CEO of the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Forum, and was my dear friend and long-time mentor.