DETROIT, June 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Crain's Detroit Business announced its first statewide report of the 100 Most Influential Women in Michigan. From automotive to health care, and nonprofit to public service, all industries and sectors are represented by these talented women who have worked their way to the top.
The full report will appear in the June 6 issue and can be found at crainsdetroit.com/women.
Some of the notable women named to the list include well-known figures such as Mary Barra, chairman and CEO, General Motors Co.; Martha Firestone Ford, president of the Detroit Lions; and Betsy DeVos, charter school advocate. The list also includes a wide range of other leading women known in their industries. Among them are:
- Christina Freese-Decker, president, Spectrum Health, Grand Rapids
- Mona Hanna-Attisha, M.D., the pediatrician who spotlighted the lead contamination of Flint water
- La June Montgomery Tabron, president and CEO, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek
- Renee Tabben, market president-Grand Rapids, Bank of America
- Gretchen Valade, philanthropist, past chairman of Carhartt
- Kym Worthy, prosecutor, Wayne County
"This report of extraordinary women covers a wide spectrum of race, age, geography and industry – many of which are traditionally male-dominated," said Jennette Smith, editor of Crain's Detroit Business. "The good news is we found plenty of women in the C-suite leading hospitals, managing large investment funds, growing companies, leading groundbreaking research and looking out for the public health.
"It's really an inspiring selection of profiles."
Twenty-eight of the women in the report are from outside Crain's traditional five-county coverage area, a testament to the many powerful leaders in Grand Rapids, Lansing, Flint and other business communities around the state.
Nominations for the 100 Most Influential Women in Michigan came from readers, from Crain's reporters and editors, from a formal scan of the publication's news stories involving women-led companies and initiatives, from key players and partners, as well as nominations from past honorees when Crain's published 100 Most Influential Women in Southeast Michigan in 1997, 2002 and 2007.
Selections were determined in-house by top editors and the publisher with consideration to impact (women who manage big budgets, big teams or big civic initiatives); diversity (ethnicity/race/age, industry and geography); and proven leadership. Honorees from previous iterations of this report were largely not included unless they had a significant job change or leadership development milestone.
Crain's Detroit Business not only decided to expand the list of influential women to the entire state, but the publication took the initiative one step further by launching The Michigan Directory of Women to connect powerhouse women with boards in need of the best and brightest directors.
"The directory will offer companies the opportunity to identify the skills they want most on their boards – audit and finance expertise, compliance, cybersecurity or some of the other emerging issues many companies face," said Mary Kramer, publisher of Crain's Detroit Business. "A search professional will help them identify candidates in a completely confidential process at a very affordable fee based on the company's size."
The directory will launch Tuesday, June 21, when Crain's will honor the 100 women named to its list at a special event at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. For event registration, go to crainsdetroit.com/events.
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