These Are the 50 Most Powerful Moms of 2015
Mother’s Day is so close! Take a break from your mom-spoiling preparation — whether that’s a DIY gift or breakfast in bed — to learn about some powerful women who also get to be called mom. Working Mother released its annual Most Powerful Moms list and it’s overflowing with inspiring #mombosses and famous ladies that are building an empire professionally and personally.
The Most Powerful Moms list includes a range of notable faces, and probably a few that you’ve seen before. There are the mothers of the star-studded kind, like Beyoncé, Angelina Jolie, Kim Kardashian, Madonna and Victoria Beckham. There were also quite a few big-time business women spanning fields like tech and fashion, including Marissa Mayer, Tory Burch, Jenna Lyons and Melinda Gates (to name a few!). But since you likely know all about *those* mothers, we decided to highlight some of the moms who made the list that you might not be following on Instagram. Yet. Check out these under-the-radar power moms below.
1. Nancy Dubuc: She’s the president and CEO of A+E, which means she oversees multiple networks and is in charge of entertaining nearly one billion viewers worldwide. While those numbers are impressive, her biggest and most meaningful critics are right at home: her two children.
2. Donna Langley: The Universal Pictures chairman and mother of two boys helped to guide the Fast + Furious franchise, simultaneously becoming one of the most powerful women in Hollywood and pretty darn popular at home.
3. Jill Soloway: This writer/producer/playwright/director not only runs the show (Amazon’s Transparent)m but she also rules her house, occupied by an 18-year-old and a 6-year-old.
4. Yao Chen: In addition to being a new mom, this actress is also a major philanthropist. She was recently named a UN Refugee Agency Goodwill Ambassador and also uses her huge social media following to shine a light on social and environmental issues in China.
5. Emmanuelle Alt: The mother of two and editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris has turned the formerly provocative publication around while juggling her two (surely) fashionable kids’ busy schedules.
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6. Mary Callahan Erdoes: When she’s not balancing the schedules of her three children, the CEO of JPMorgan Asset Management also oversees two programs that give women more opportunities within the finance field. Hear, hear!
7. Carolyn Everson: Leading Facebook’s global mobile ad sales team as the social media outlet’s VP of Global Marketing Solutions, the powerful mother of two daughters keeps the work going even when outside the office.
8. Sarah Hofstetter: The 360i CEO has lead huge clients like Oreo, HBO and Coca-Cola to consumers in her professional life, and continues to guide her two children to bright futures at home.
9. Susan Wojcicki: YouTube’s newly appointed CEO (and one of the very first Googlers) is a mother of five and is one of six women CEOs at the top 100 tech companies in the US.
10. Lisa Utzschneider: Currently at Yahoo! as the Senior VP of American Sales, the mother of one is a powerhouse when it comes to bringing in revenue for the search giant.
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11. Rania al Abdullah: The Queen of Jordan and mother of four is also known as a powerful human rights activist. The former Apple employee uses her profile to empower women and children in the Middle East and worldwide through her nonprofit Jordan River Foundation and her work with UNICEF, UNGEI, the Clinton Global Initiative and the World Economic Forum.
12. Angela Ahrendts: Mom of three and Apple’s Senior VP of Retail + Online Stores (and former CEO of Burberry) was a part of a pretty big special project recently. She helped launch this cool new gadget you may have heard of — the Apple Watch.
13. Mary Barra: With General Motors for 34 years, she’s climbed up the ladder and is now the automobile company’s CEO. When she heads home for the day, she takes care of her teenage son and daughter.
14. Safra Catz: The world’s top paid female exec and CFO, this mother of two and Oracle President/CEO has more than a little on her plate.
15. Sheryl Sandberg: The Lean In author and COO of Facebook is the mother of two young boys and has totally revolutionized the way we talk about gender equality in the workplace.
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Check out the entire Powerful Moms list here!
Did this list miss any powerful moms? Share your suggestions with us in the comments.
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)