“40 Women Over 40 To Watch” Announces 2015 Honorees

July 10, 2015

8:00 am

Now in its third year, 40 Women Over 40 To Watch showcases power players that prove that being over 40 can be the most productive era for a women. The honorees run the gamut from artists to CEOs along with several startup mavens.

The list’s aim is to inspire and illustrate that being 40+ can be the beginning of reinvention and disruption. Here’s a sampling of some of the featured entrepreneurs:

  • Media Mogul – Nely Galan
    Maybe you know her from “Celebrity Apprentice” with the Donald but Nely is a media “dynamo” in her own right having successfully launched several entertainment vehicles and taking the helm of Telemundo in the US. Her digital business platform, The Adelante Movement, seeks to help economically unite and empower Latinas around the globe.
  • Silicon Valley Insider – Ari Horie
    Horie has an impressive entrepreneurial track record and currently serves as CEO for the Women’s Startup Lab based in Silicon Valley. Ari’s focus is to support female tech startup founders and be an advocate for global diversity in the workplace.
  • The Entrepreneur Whisperer – Linda Rottenberg
    As the co-founder and CEO of Endeavor, Ms. Rottenberg is considered an expert in entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership. Her mission is to support and inspire entrepreneurship ecosystems around the world.
  • Biotech Disruptor – Jeanette Hill
    Hill’s first startup venture, Spot On Sciences, has captured the attention of healthcare researchers for her innovations around blood sampling. In addition to changing current methods of diagnostic testing she makes STEM education for women a priority when she ventures outside the laboratory.
  • Thought Leader – Charlene Li
    The CEO of Altimeter Group, Li specializes in business strategy and market positioning, trend analysis, market sizing, web site design, email design, media strategies, writing and synthesis of ideas. Li is also an author, having written three books and she describes herself as “not afraid to tell businesses what they should do, but will always do so in a respectful, cooperative manner.”
  • Startup Educator – Diane Hessan
    Hessan is the CEO of Startup Institute, and is both an entrepreneur and author. Hessan is also the recipient of the Pinnacle Award from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, the Most Admired CEO award, Boston Power 50 award from the Boston Business Journal, Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year (National Finalist), the Northstar Award from Springboard, the Great Boston Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year, and a range of Best Boss citations.
  • The Software Maven – Lisa Joy Rosner
    Rosner is the CMO at Neustar, a provider of real-time information and analytics to the communications services, financial services, retail, and media and advertising sectors which might be best known to you as the company that acquired .CO. Rosner is a speaker, brand builder, board member, and industry-recognized strategist.
  • The Startup Whisperer – Tereza Nemessanyi
    As Microsoft’s Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Nemessanyi is responsible for working with startups all across the East coast. She works to connect these startups to the MSFT accelerator and other resources and partnerships to help them disrupt technology.

The winners, who range in age from their 40s to 70s, were selected based on three criteria: role model, reinvention, and impact. They represent a variety of industries including the arts, sports, business, tech, healthcare, and science. Some have experienced fame and others are not as well known but all have demonstrated their potential to make a difference in the world around us. The full list of winners can be found here.

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I'm a serial entrepreneur and veteran launch team executive in high tech, e-commerce, and biotech. Based out of Austin, TX, I support women’s entrepreneurial initiatives and teach university courses on business/technical writing.

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