A Sophisticate is a CEO

Marilyn Hewson
President & CEO of
Lockheed Martin
"Don't let others define you. You define yourself." Virginia Rometty, CEO of IBM

An important opportunity that is provided to a woman in the 21st Century is the freedom she has to be in control of her own life and destiny. Along those lines another important opportunity provided to a woman in the 21st Century is the ability to be an Executive in a Fortune 500 Company. She has the distinction to rise above all other Executives in the Company and control the Company, the many other lives, as well as careers as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Beyond a Fortune 500 Company, a woman also can be the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of her own Company, faster and easier than any other Century. 

"Be first and be lonely" Virginia Rometty CEO of IBM

Coco Chanel and Elizabeth Arden who the founder, President, and CEO of their companies started industries that became worldwide billion dollar companies. They were the pioneers for all women who  have now become what we now call CEO or Chief Executive Officer. As pioneers the stage for what we now have today.

The first woman CEO of a Fortune 500 company was Katherine Graham when she inherited 'The Washington Post' due to the death of her husband in 1963. She led The Washington Post through the Vietnam era, publishing the Pentagon Papers, and Watergate, a story the Post owned. Where there is one there will be many. Her accomplishment as a successful CEO paved the way for others to follow in her footsteps.

Many T. Barra
CEO of General Motors (GM)
There has been a power shift from the 1950's when a was left in charge of an entire household. Now, she is now in charge of an entire Company. A Sophisticate naturally knows what she wants, what she wants, the direction of how it should go. A Sophisticate doesn't manage, she doesn't take charge, she leads. Since men and women are equal a Sophisticate is a natural born leader of both men and women.

Fortunately, because of a Manager who mentored me to think, act, and make presentations like an Executive, I gained the attention of Executives who  taught me how to be fierce, fearless, and focused on the achievement my goals. I learned that to be successful in business a female must dominate without apology or excuses. Leadership and success is about accountability and ownership of one's decisions and actions. There is no room for indecision about  yourself or anything.

Ursula Burns
CEO of Xerox Corporation
The female CEO's of today are now heading up what used to be considered male dominated like Aerospace and the Automative industry.  They are not Chief Operating Officers but also Chairman of the Board and of diverse backgrounds.

The only face of a female CEO is what is found on the inside, not what is on the outside. In short, the only face they show is sophistication.

In 2014, women currently hold 5.2 percent of Fortune 500 CEO positions and 5.4 percent of Fortune 1000 CEO positions. (See Catalyst.org) This percentage is the highest it has ever been. That number will only increase as the new generation sees examples in the current CEO's. 

"Failure is impossible" Susan B. Anthony

Indira Nooyi, CEO of Pepsico
In 2014 there are more than 7 million women-owned businesses in the United States and they have an economic impact of $3 trillion. (See Business News Daily With the CEO's who are currently in charge today and the pioneers like Coco Chanel and Elizabeth Arden, imagine the possibilities in the next 10 to 20 years.  Imagine if individually all of the women who currently own their own businesses could develop corporations that generate $3 trillion or even $3 billion individually. If and when that happens the percentage of Fortune 500 CEO positions held by women will increase.

"Clients say, 'What's your strategy,' and I say, 'Ask me what I believe first.' That's a far more enduring answer" Virginia Rometty, CEO of IBM

Cheryl Sanberg and Mark Zuckerberg
CEO of Facebook
This will occur because of the laws of the universe. When a Sophisticate believes within herself that it is possible, it becomes a reality. For a Sophisticate failure is impossible.

The next generation male CEO's  are placing women equal to them. There are two CEO's of Facebook.  Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook is one and Cheryl Sandberg is the other. Right from the beginning of the new 'Face' of the Company of Facebook, I see the two CEOs as message to the next generation that women are on equal footing with men. And why not? It's the truth.

Beyond being a leader, focused, and fierce when it comes to what she believes, the 21st Century offers a Sophisticate freedom. A Sophisticate is someone who is  willing to fail because she believes that everything is possible and she can achieve what she wants in life regardless of failure or defeat. There is always the possibility of tomorrow. 

Freedom can be denied outwardly but not inwardly. A Sophisticate has been given freedom because comes from no one else except herself. In the end, a Sophisticate is a CEO because she has the freedom to be herself completely with no excuses and absolutely no apologies. ;D