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Forty Women to Watch over 40

forty women to watch over 40

Individually, they are impressive, optimistic and fearless. Collectively, they challenge the stereotypical image of a successful innovator.

The 40 Women To Watch Over 40 for 2013  list celebrates women who are upending the perception that entrepreneurial innovation is only for those before a certain age. The juried list features women from around the world, whose work spans a variety of industries from the arts and sciences, to politics and entertainment, to social entrepreneurs and corporate change-makers.

The concept for the list was co-created by Christina Vuleta, Founder 40:20 Vision, 7×7 Mentoring Salons and Whitney Johnson, investor, speaker, co-founder of  Rose Park Advisors, and author.

Over 1,000 women were nominated for this inaugural list. Nominees were judged on leadership skills, innovation around work/life balance, and their track record as mentors and positive role models for other women.

“Indeed if you are seeking innovation, which at its essence is the ability to go from stuck to unstuck, it is more likely to happen after forty, not before,” explains Johnson, author of Dare Dream Do, Remarkable Things Happen When You Dare to Dream.

Some names on the list may be familiar, such as Joanne Wilson and Anne-Marie Slaughter, author of, “Why Women Still Can’t Have it All,” the most read article in The Atlantic’s history. Other names may be new to some, such as Chandra Krintz, founder of AppScale, an open source implementation of Google App Engine cloud platform.

Here are Forty Women to Watch, who just happen to be over 40:

Anne-Marie Slaughter:  Leader of a Movement
Foreign Policy Expert, Law Professor, Work-Life Policy, Role Model, 54

AnnMaria de Mars:  Gaming the System, By Her Bootstraps
CEO, 7 Generation Games, Adjunct Professor, Statistical Methods, Pepperdine, 54

Bettina Sherick:  She Makes the Show Go On
SVP of Digital Strategic Marketing for 20th Century Fox, 49

Cali Yost: Putting flexibility to Work
Workplace Flexibility Strategist, CEO and Founder, Flex+Strategy Group, 48

Carine Clark:  CMO to CEO …Going From Good to Great
President and CEO at Allegiance, Inc. 49

Carol Fox: A Global Citizen Before Her Time  
Director, Strategic Planning and Partnerships at East-West Center, 69

Chandra Krinzt: From Computer science to CTO, academia applied 
CTO at AppScale Systems & Computer Science (CS) Professor at UCSB, 43

Cheryl Kellond: Creating the Lulu Lemon of Quantified Sel
CEO & Co-Founder at Bia Sport, 47

Deborah Jackson: Champion, cheerleader & CEO, fueling female entrepreneurism
Founder/CEO at Plum Alley and co-founder Women Innovate Mobile Accelerator, 55

Deb Levine:  Bringing digital innovation to sexual and reproductive health
Executive Director and Founder at YTH (formerly ISIS), 50

Diane Danielson:  On-ramping into the C-Suite
Chief Platform Officer, Sperry Van Ness International Corporation, Founder Downtown Women’s Club, 45

Dondeena Bradley: Nourishing Women
VP Global Design & Development, Nutrition, PepsiCo, 46

Dominique Crenn:  An Iron Lady Chef in America 
Chef/Owner, Atelier Crenn, 48

Ingrid Vanderveldt:  Bridging Entrepreneurship And Big Business To Big Results
Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Dell, CEO, Ingrid Vanderveldt LLC, CEO, VH2 Energy Investments and Green Girl, 43

Jacki Zehner:  A Woman Moving Millions
Philanthropist, Former Goldman Sachs partner, Board of Sundance Institute, 47

Jalak Jobanputra:  Claiming The Future Of Innovation Through Women
Founding Partner of FuturePerfect Ventures, 40

Jenifer Willig: Harnessing Corporate Collaboration to Solve World Problems
Co-founder of Motive & WHOLE WORLD Water, former CMO/CEO of RED, 43

Jen MacLean: Empowering Women To Take Control of Their Reproductive Health  (Game Guru Takes Game out of Conception)
Head of Business Development for Ovuline, 40

Joanne Wilson:  An Angel On Your Shoulder – Who Has Your Back
Angel Investor, Blogger (Gotham Gal), Founder, Women Entrepreneur’s Festival, 51

Joy Marcus:  Venturing into Digital Media Disruption
Venture Capitalist, Digital Marketing Expert, M&A Lawyer, 50+

Kara Goldin: Goliath and Goldin
Founder/CEO Hint, Young President’s Organization, 45

Kathleen Warner:  Starting Up America
Chief Operating Officer of the Startup America Partnership, 48

Kelly Hoey:  Chief Catalyst Officer for Women
Founder, Women Innovate Mobile, Angel Investor, 47

Kimberly Mahan: Turning unskilled workers into technology tradespeople
Founder, Principal Optimist at MAXX Potential, Co-founder/CEOIntelliGraph, Inc. 42

Lauren Flanagan:  Funding an Ecosystem of Women Investing in Women
Angel Investor, Tech Entrepreneur, Job Creator, 57

Lesa Mitchell:  Starting Up American Innovation
Vice President, Innovation and Networks, Kauffman Foundation, 53

Linda Avey: Giving People Access to Their Genetic Code
Co-founder, 23andMe; Founder, Curious, 53

Maria Stukoff:  Gaming the Next Generation of Talent
Head of Academic Development at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, 44

Maria Thomas: Creating Marketplaces Out Of Dots
SVP & GM, Marketing and Consumer Business, at SmartThings, Former Etsy CEO, 49

Michelle McKenna:  Touchdown for Technology
CIO of the NFL, mid-40s

Nancy Duarte:  Elevating the Power of Presentations
Entrepreneur, Communication expert, Principal at Duarte Design, Inc., 50

Nina Ignatius: Making the World Better for Preemies
CEO/Founder of Beibamboo, Board member at Netcycler, 42

Paola Gianturco:  Turning Photos into Action
Photojournalist, Activist, creator Grandmother Power, 73

Rachel Armstrong: Creating Solutions for Living that Benefit vs. Harm
2010 Senior TED Fellow, co-Director AVATAR (Advance Virtual And Technological Architectural Research) group, 44

Shelly Kapoor Collins: Gaming Politics
Vice Chair of Hilary Clinton’s 50×50 Leadership Circle, Silicon Valley, Women in Public Service, CEO of Enscient

Susan McPherson:  In the Vanguard of Corporate Social Responsibility
SVP/Global Marketing for Fenton Communications, 48.

Tracey Wellson Rossmann: Raising the Tech Profile of Girls and a City
Founder of TechGirlz.org, Philadelphia’s Emerging Technologies for the Enterprise Conference and Women in Tech Summit, CMO Chariot Solutions an IT consulting firm. 41

Trae Vassallo: Venturing New Patterns of Success
Venture Capital, General Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Victoria Carter: A Bulldozer Creating New Pathways for New Zealand Women
Director JUCY Group, Tax Management NZ, Cityhop, Chair Auckland Arts Festival, 49

Wendi Sturgis:  Stepping Up to Sales at a Tech Start-up
EVP, Sales and Services of Yext, 45

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Marla Shaivitz is a writer, developer and digital marketer. She's interested in innovations & innovators in technology and those working toward social good. Follow Marla on Twitter at @marlashaivitz.

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