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14 Women Win the 2019 Top CEOs Award

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Women still represent just 6.6% of all Fortune 500 CEOs, and 5% of CEO positions at S&P 500 companies. Three Fortune 500 companies named women CEOs in recent months: Best Buy, Northrop Grumman and Land O’Lakes. However, there’s still more than enough work to do in order to achieve gender diversity at the top.

Of our 2019 Top CEOs, 7 female CEOs are among the U.S. top 100, and 3 women earn honors for leading U.S. SMBs. Plus, this year marks the first #1 female CEO in Canada, AMD’s Dr. Lisa Su. In the UK, Liv Garfield, the CEO of Severn Trent, made the top 50 list. Meanwhile, over in France, ENGIEs’ Isabelle Kocher was named in the top ten thanks to her leadership. 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 14 dynamic women who won the award across the globe, and join us in celebrating them!

Lynsi Snyder, In-N-Out Burger
2019 Top CEOs Ranking: #3
CEO Approval Rating: 99%
Open Jobs: 25
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.

Work with Lynsi Snyder

Dr. Lisa Su, AMD
2019 Top CEOs (Canada) Ranking: #1
CEO Approval Rating: 99%
Open Jobs: 797
As a first-time winner on the Top CEOs Canada list, Dr. Su is also the first female CEO to earn the number one spot. Dr. Su helms Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. is an American multinational semiconductor company based in Austin, Texas and Santa Clara, California that develops computer processors and related technologies for business and consumer markets. Employees credit her encouraging management and inclusive culture as reasons for her win. One employee said, “I’m not sure everyone realizes what a powerhouse Lisa Su is – she’s a total badass and knows exactly what she’s doing, and it’s nice to have that kind of confidence in your CEO.”

Work with Dr. Lisa Su

Cathy Engelbert, Deloitte
Top CEOs Ranking: #15
CEO Approval Rating: 97%
Open Jobs: 818
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.”

Work with Cathy Engelbert

Colleen Wegman, Wegmans Food Markets
2019 Top CEOs Ranking: #9
CEO Approval Rating: 97%
Open Jobs: 595
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 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.

Work with Colleen Wegman

Jessica Catino, Digital Prospectors
Top CEOs SMB Ranking: #2
CEO Approval Rating: 99%
Open Jobs: +200
As President and CEO, Jessica Catino is responsible for the company’s overall business strategy and oversee the firm’s financial operations. Under her leadership, Digital Prospectors’ annual revenues have grown from $4 million in 2003, to more than $30 million today. One former employee raved, “I have been recruiting a long time and the business is the same no matter what firm you work for. The key elements I look for is the environment, people and transparency with management. DPC takes care of their staff, and they also know how to have a good time. The management is what attracted me to DPC. I went through a personal situation that unfortunately interfered with my work, but the level of compassion I received from management was above and beyond. These are the type of people you want to work for, I experienced it first hand.”

Work with Jessica Catino

Nora Su, Horizon Innovations
Top CEOs SMB Ranking: #19
CEO Approval Rating: 98%
Open Jobs: 25
Horizon Innovations is an innovative marketing firm that embraces the entrepreneurial mindset and drives employee empowerment. Born in Taipei, Nora Su has a strong focus on developing other employees and they truly appreciate it. One employee says, “The people here are awesome and the advancement potential is out of this world!!” Another employee adds, “The whole company’s advancement structure is intended to cross train you in all different areas so that you can manage a large team. Lots of room to move up!”


Anne Wojcicki, 23andMe
Top CEOs SMB Ranking: #41
CEO Approval Rating: 97%
Open Jobs: +50
Anne Wojcicki is is co-founder and CEO of direct-to-consumer genetics testing company 23andMe, which has was named by TIME as a “Genius Company” in 2018, and featured as Fast Company’s #2 Most Innovative Health Company in 2018. “What changes the landscape and improves the gender gap are supportive and vocal role models who lead by example and with proactive outreach,” Wojcicki told Glassdoor. “I am a strong believer that female role models need to tell their stories and reach out to the younger generation.”

Work with Anne Wojcicki

Liv Garfield, Severn Trent
2019 Top CEOs UK Ranking: #40
CEO Approval Rating: 91%
Open Jobs: 155
Liv Garfield is leading Severn Trent towards becoming the most trusted water company by 2020 by delivering an outstanding customer experience, the best value service and environmental leadership. Employees are attracted to the flexible and welcoming company culture Garfield has created, as well as the company’s mission. “It’s great to work for a company that provides such an essential service to our consumers,” says one employee. “The work is really interesting and the technical challenges mean that there is rarely a dull moment. I work with people whom are great at their jobs and I encounter learning opportunities very frequently. The company culture is professional, yet friendly and provided you are flexible in your location, there are many exciting opportunities for those whom wish to progress their careers and these opportunities are open to all.”


Isabelle Kocher, ENGIE
2019 Top CEOs France Ranking: #9
CEO Approval Rating: 97%
Open Jobs: 11k
With Isabelle Kocher at the helm since 2016, ENGIE develops efficient and innovative solutions for individuals, cities and businesses, drawing on its expertise in four key sectors: natural gas and renewable energy, renewable energy, energy efficiency and digital technologies. She is the only female CEO of a CAC40 company, and also one of the youngest. Her ambition is to make ENGIE the leader of the energy revolution.


Lynne Doughtie, KPMG
2019 Top CEOs Ranking: #72
CEO Approval Rating: 92%
Open Jobs: 18k
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.”

Work with Lynne Doughtie

Sarah Nahm, Lever
Top CEOs SMB Ranking: #44
CEO Approval Rating: 97%
Open Jobs: 25
Lever builds modern recruiting software for teams to source, interview, and hire top talent. The company has raised more than $73 million in funding and just announced expanding to a new office in Toronto. With an overall gender ratio of 50:50, Lever’s CEO Sarah Nahm is fiercely committed to building a team culture that celebrates diversity and inclusion. “The future of work is changing, and it’s a pretty dramatic shift,” says Nahm. “People are out here looking for a deeper meaning.”


Pamela Nicholson, Enterprise Holdings
2019 Top CEOs Ranking: #53
CEO Approval Rating: 94%
Open Jobs: +3.7k
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.

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Tricia Griffith, Progressive Insurance
2019 Top CEOs Ranking: #61
CEO Approval Rating: 93%
Open Jobs: +260
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 by 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.”

Work with Tricia Griffith

Cindy Mi, VIPKID
2019 Top CEOs Ranking: #100
CEO Approval Rating: 90%
Open Jobs: 2.6k
VIPKid is the leading global online K12 education leader, #1 Company for Remote Jobs, and named Top 100 Best Places to work by Glassdoor. Cindy Mi is a first time Top CEOs winner whose employees rave about working every day to make an actual difference inspiring students and teaching the next generation.

Work with Cindy Mi


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