The Top Women CEOs for 2018
With just 5% of CEO positions at S&P 500 companies held by women, it’s true that we still have a ways to go before reaching equal representation at the executive table — but fortunately, a number of female leaders today are working hard to ensure that happens as soon as possible. This year, we’re honored to recognize eight female CEOs on our list of 100 Top CEOs for 2018 from companies including General Motors, In-N-Out and Deloitte.
These women are not only doing an incredible job of leading their own companies — they’re also breaking down barriers for women everywhere. Read on to learn more about the dynamic women who have made this list, and join us in celebrating them!Start Slideshow
Lynsi Snyder, In-N-Out Burger
Top CEOs Ranking: #4
CEO Approval Rating: 99%
In some ways, it's not surprising that Lynsi Snyder has consistently earned a spot on Glassdoor's Top CEOs list. After all, she's been preparing for the role since she was 17, when she first started leafing lettuce at an In-N-Out in Redding, CA.
"The experience was priceless," Snyder said of her first In-N-Out job. "I learned the importance of attention to detail and providing customers the product and overall experience they’ve paid for.”
At 35, Snyder took full control of the company — and became the youngest female billionaire in the world in the process. Today, In-N-Out team members rave about the excellent culture Snyder has fostered, the above-market pay and benefits they receive and the unparalleled growth opportunities available at the company.See Open In-N-Out Jobs
Colleen Wegman, Wegmans Food Markets
Top CEOs Ranking: #9
CEO Approval Rating: 97%
Like Snyder, Colleen Wegman also took over the family business at a relatively early age. A newcomer to the Top CEOs list, Wegman was appointed CEO of Wegmans Food Markets in March of 2017 after 26 years with the company. In the year-and-change that she's been at the helm, she's already made a big impact.
"Everyone is super friendly and inviting, and there seems to be a true open door policy with any of the upper management. You seem limited only by your own goals and ambitions here,” said a current Wegmans Food Markets Meat Clerk.
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Sheryl Palmer, Taylor Morrison
Top CEOs Ranking: #19
CEO Approval Rating: 96%
Sheryl Palmer has never been one to buckle under pressure. She's the female CEO of a company in the largely male-dominated construction industry, and she managed to lead her company through the 2008 recession to a successful 2013 IPO.
According to employees, Palmer is the embodiment of everything the company values.
“Sheryl Palmer, the CEO, is the best leader I've ever had the pleasure to work under. She is honest, humble, trustworthy, friendly, approachable, and extremely smart. She truly cares about the customers and team members (employees), and the other senior leadership possess similar character and dedication to our purpose,” says one current
Total Reward Manager.
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Lynne Doughtie, KPMG
Top CEOs Ranking: #43
CEO Approval Rating: 94%
After three decades with the firm, Lynne Doughtie was named CEO of KPMG in 2015. Having started out in the Audit department and progressing through many leadership roles over the years, it's safe to say that Doughtie's growth in the company was astronomical.
One approach to diversity Doughtie wants to eliminate? Setting lofty goals with no strategy.
“We have to do more than tell women they need sponsors. We have to identify high-potential women by name and strategically map them to those who will help them get to the next level. We set goals, we measure them and we hold leaders accountable.”
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Pamela Nicholson, Enterprise Holdings
Top CEOs Ranking: #46
CEO Approval Rating: 94%
CEO Pamela Nicholson is a prime example of Enterprise's promote-from-within culture, having been with the company for over 35 years. She first started in the company's management trainee program and climbed her way through the ranks until becoming CEO in 2013. Her advice for those who want to follow in her footsteps?
"Don’t sell yourself short. Set your goals high. If you believe in yourself and what you are doing, you’ll find it’s usually worth some sacrifice, but the rewards will make it all worthwhile," Nicholson said in an interview with Glassdoor.
Related: Why ‘Having Fun’ Is at the Top of the To-Do List for Enterprise CEO Pam Nicholson
Tricia Griffith, Progressive Insurance
Top CEOs Ranking: #60
CEO Approval Rating: 93%
Like Doughtie and Nicholson, Tricia Griffith also made her way to the top of the company after decades of service. As a Claims Representative Trainee in 1988, she crawled under cars to provide evaluations and estimates. Today, she inspires, motivates and leads a group of over 30,000 employees.
In an interview with Forbes, Griffith revealed that she abides to three main rules as a leader:
1. "With the right people, culture and values you can accomplish great things."
2. "Allow your leaders to lead and know when to get out of the way."
3. "Never stop listening to people at all levels of the company."
Image courtesy of Fortune.
Cathy Engelbert, Deloitte
Top CEOs Ranking: #65
CEO Approval Rating: 93%
Cathy Engelbert broke ground in 2015 when she became the first woman CEO of a U.S. big four accounting firm — a moment the Wall Street Journal described as cracking the glass ceiling.
In the 32 years she's been at Deloitte, her success has led to many promotions and accolades. But ask her, and she'll tell you — it's not just about her.
"Building a team that brings you solutions instead of challenges, listening to and collaborating with them — that ultimately prioritizes your focus on issues where you can have the most impact,” Engelbert told Glassdoor. “To me, productivity is directly related to the personal relationships you are able to build.”
Related: The Brilliant Career Advice from Deloitte’s CEO in One Sentence
Mary Barra, General Motors
Top CEOs Ranking: #88
CEO Approval Rating: 91%
The auto industry has underseen a lot of transformation in the past decade, not the least of which was Mary Barra's appointment to CEO of GM in 2014 — the first woman to ever be named CEO of a major U.S. automaker.
Since becoming CEO, Barra has pushed GM to embrace a new era of tech and innovation, particularly in the autonomous and electric vehicle categories. Most recently, Barra broke ground yet again by naming Dhivya Suryadevara as GM's new, and first female, CFO. With this announcement, GM has become one of only two Fortune 500 companies with women in both the CEO and CFO roles.
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