For International Women’s Day I wanted to share a handful of true leaders constantly on my professional radar through their bold, innovative, considered, and wise inspiration.
There’s no science to this list, just stand-out impact creators from across a range of CSR and sustainability related organisations that I see constantly challenging, shaping and changing the world of male dominated business and political leaders.
Change is hard. Change is not equal. Change is eternal. Change is essential.
Today I salute you all, and also the many, many other unsung women leaders fighting inequality in all its forms not hightlighted below.
I can’t possibly provide justice to this group’s achievements, passions or skills in a couple of sentences, so there are plenty of links to their LinkedIn profiles, Twitter accounts and main websites to find out more.
Who else would you pay tribute to ?
As a leader within Ritz Carlton Hotels Sue was responsible for the incredibly successful Community Footprints programme before stepping toward a new challenge as Vice Chair of IMPACT 2030, connecting the private sector to the Sustainable Development Goals through human capital investment.
Elaine is the undisputed go-to-person of CSR / sustainability reporting. If that wasn’t enough her pragmatic and outspoken personality combined with a love for ice-cream should be reasons enough to keep her blog especially on your watch list.
There aren’t many people more to the point than Cindy. “I like to blow shit up. I am the Michael Bay of business.” she delicately suggests on her LinkedIn profile. The world needs more of this bluntness. Founder & CEO of IfWeRanTheWorld, Cindy uncompromisingly blends purpose, brand and impact – and wonderfully regular profanity.
Susan has been a constant powerful voice across the responsible business spectrum. Now as Founder of McPherson Strategies, and previously with roles at Fenton and PR Newswire Susan invests, connects and amplifies a whole community including her famous #CSRchats on Twitter.
A truly inspirational force of nature as an award-winning designer, artist, entrepreneur and innovator across the space and sustainability industries. As Co-Founder of the Thames Deckway concept Anna recently won praise as an Innovate UK Women in Innovation.
After over a generation at pharmaceutical giants of innovative responsibility Novo Nordisk, Lise then grabbed the reins as leader of the UN Global Compact with an audience of over 13,000 private sector signatories and partners. Also a very new arrival on a fun platform called Twitter.
After a maybe not so obvious career switch from sailing to pushing circular economy thought leadership through the Ellen MacArthur Foundation she has dramatically driven awareness and understanding of one of the most crucial elements of all future business models.
A true font of knowledge on all things corporate governance, ethics and leadership. Lucy is the Founder and CEO of Marcus Venture Consulting whilst also regular contributing to numerous media outlets including Reuters and the BBC. If you want a better Executive Board, and therefore a better business, ask Lucy.
As a long-time supporter of some of history’s true leaders Nadine is a global expert in engagement leadership, mentoring and executive coaching, working at the highest levels of state, multinational business and academia. As CEO of beCause Global Consulting she also convenes a powerful community of collaborative expertise.
Andrea is one of my favourite sources of best practice for leaders using social media to amplify and deepen their engagement and reach. An exceptional influencer specialist through her consultancy Learned On.
KoAnn Vikoren Skrzyniarz
KoAnn is Founder and Chief Executive of Sustainable Life Media, the company behind the Sustainable Brands calendar of international conferences and community. Each event is a continual source of innovative concepts and practical best practice across the responsible business spectrum.